Bitcoin Cash address example

Nikita Verkhovin

Bitcoin Cash has two address types and two address formats, from old to new:

  • Legacy, pay-to-pubkey-hash (P2PKH).
  • Script, pay-to-script-hash (P2SH).
  • Legacy, pay-to-pubkey-hash (P2PKH) in Cash Address (CashAddr) format.
  • Script, pay-to-script-hash (P2SH) in Cash Address (CashAddr) format.

So, if you send BCH to the Legacy address but in CashAddr format, your coins will also be visible on the Legacy address. The format of the address doesn't matter; the public key behind the address is the same.

Bitcoin Cash address examples:

Type and format Example
Legacy (P2PKH) 1BpEi6DfDAUFd7GtittLSdBeYJvcoaVggu
Script (P2SH) 3CWFddi6m4ndiGyKqzYvsFYagqDLPVMTzC
Legacy (P2PKH) in CashAddr format qpm2qsznhks23z7629mms6s4cwef74vcwvy22gdx6a
Script (P2SH) in CashAddr format ppm2qsznhks23z7629mms6s4cwef74vcwvn0h829pq

The prefix "bitcoincash:" in CashAddr is optional. Receiving transactions is possible with any address. Using the most recent address type, however, will result in a slightly lower network fee.