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Feb 12, 2023

Own, control and understand bitcoin with sparrow wallet.


In todays episode I spoke to Craig Raw the sole developer and maintainer of Sparrow wallet.Sparrow is a Bitcoin wallet for those who value financial self sovereignty. Sparrow’s emphasis is on security, privacy and usability.

Sparrow does not hide information from you - on the contrary it attempts to provide as much detail as possible about your transactions and UTXOs, but in a way that is manageable and usable. Craigs hope is that sparrow is as much a tool for education as it is a tool for interacting with the bitcoin network. Ive found this wallet really usable while still having all of the features you would expect from a modern Bitcoin wallet. 


  • Full support for single sig and multisig wallets on common script types
  • A range of connection options: Public servers, Bitcoin Core and private Electrum servers
  • Standards based including full PSBT support
  • Support for all common hardware wallets in USB and airgapped modes
  • Full coin and fee control with comprehensive coin selection
  • Labeling of all transactions, inputs and outputs
  • Lightweight and multi platform
  • Send and receive to PayNyms, both directly (BIP47) and collaboratively
  • Built in Tor
  • Testnet, regtest and signet support


Sparrow is unique in that it contains a fully featured transaction editor that also functions as a blockchain explorer. This feature not only allows editing of all of a transaction’s fields, also easy inspection of the transaction bytes before broadcasting.


I asked Craig about some of the features in the new release v1.7.2 and we went into detail on unique visual fingerprints for a wallets now being displayed in the Settings tab and passphrase entry dialog. This makes it easy for more visual people like myself to quickly recognise colours and shapes rather than a string of letters and numbers.

We also discussed BIP329 which defines a standard for importing and exporting wallet labels. I was happy to see Craig pushing this forward as its an issue I'm currently experiencing myself and I don’t think I'm alone. As other wallets implement this standard, it will become easier to migrate between different wallet implementations using seeds, output descriptors and label exports.

It was a pleasure speaking to Craig and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask me.

Craig contact details.

twitter - @SparrowWallet

twitter - @craigraw

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Contact me. 

twitter - @MaxBitbuybit

twitter - @bitbuybitpod

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As always please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions.

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