# How to send bitcoin step-by-step
- Select the coins you want to spend.
- Specify a destination address.
- Label the observers of this transaction.
- Specify the amount to send to the destination address, or press the
Maxbutton to send the whole selected amount.
- Select a mining fee.
- Enter the password.
A coin is an unspent transaction output (UTXO), a chunk of bitcoin which can be sent in a future transaction.
In the Wasabi wallet
Send tab, you see a list of all the coins you can spend.
You can get a coin by first receiving them from someone else, for example by earning them or exchanging them for fiat currency.
You can spend one or more coins by selecting them in the
Send tab, if your payment amount is below the value of the selected coins, then you will receive a change coin back.
Every time you receive a payment, you first must label the observers who know this address is yours.
This transaction metadata is used to build a cluster of which people know about your coins.
For example, if you receive a coin from Alice, then the cluster is
If you now send half of this coin to Bob, then the cluster of your change coin is
The goal is to know the observers who know about your coins and try to reduce their number for each coin.
# Anonymity Set
When you send a bitcoin in a regular transaction with one input and two outputs, then your change coin can be linked to this one input.
There is a 1 in 1 chance to find this link and no plausible deniability.
Thus, Wasabi shows this coin with an anonymity set of
In a Wasabi CoinJoin, many peers register coins in the input of the transaction, and in the output, there are several equal value coins, for example, 100 coins worth exactly 0.1 bitcoin.
This means that when looking at one of these CoinJoin outputs, there is a 1 in 100 chance to find the corresponding input.
Thus the higher the anonymity set, the more your post-mix coin is delinked from the pre-mix history.
Wasabi shows you three levels of anonymity sets: , and .
By default, they have an anonymity set of
50, however, this can be changed in the settings.
# Receiving Address
When sending bitcoin, you need to know the destination address of the receiver.
This commits to the spending condition that the receiver agrees to have for this coin.
The address can be a public key hash [starting with
1], a script hash [starting with
3], or a native SegWit bech32 public key hash [starting with
Make sure that you ask the receiver for a new address for every payment to protect your privacy and theirs.
Wasabi will calculate the checksum and notify you if the provided address is wrong.
Similar to the
Receive tab, you must label every new address with the observers who know that this is your address.
Send tab an address is automatically generated to receive the change amount.
The observer of a sending transaction is, of course, the receiver of it, as well as any other third party that will find out about it, for example, a payment processor or an exchange.
This metadata will be used to build an accurate cluster of observers who know about your coins.
A label is not required (except in edge cases) when you send an entire coin, as there will be no change left.
Amount text box you can specify how many bitcoins the receiving address will gain.
If it is below the value of the selected inputs, then the leftover value will be sent to an automatically generated change address of yours.
You can send a whole coin by selecting the
Max button, which will build a transaction with only one output, the receiving address, and no change.
You can also see the current US Dollar value of the sending amount.
Avoid sending rounded values
If you specify a rounded amount, like
0.0100 0000 bitcoin, then the change output will not be rounded, like
0.0896 8413 bitcoin.
This makes it easy for an observer to conclude that the spending amount was the
0.01 bitcoin, and that the other output is the change back to the sender.
So in order to increase your privacy, you can set a non-rounded amount, like
# Mining Fee
Every transaction must specify a fee which incentives the miner to include it in a block, it is calculated by
value of inputs - value of outputs.
The higher the fee per virtual byte (vbyte) transaction size, the more likely miners are to confirm this transaction.
Wasabi uses Bitcoin Core's
smart fee algorithm to estimate the time it will take to confirm at the given fee level.
You can change the fee by moving the slider, or even specify it manually by activating this functionality in the settings.
By clicking on the fee in the brackets below the slider, you can cycle through displaying the
total bitcoin amount,
sats per vbyte,
percentage fee of sending amount or
US Dollar equivalent.
In some cases, there is very little demand for block space, and then Wasabi will set the minimum fee of
High-priority transaction fees
When using Bitcoin Core's
smart fee algorithm to estimate the time a transaction will take to confirm given the current mempool, the algorithm considers the historic data for transactions in the mempool and in recent blocks.
If, after you select the highest fee for a
send, other people decide to send coins using even higher fees than you selected, their transactions will be placed ahead of yours in the mempool.
The placement of a transaction in line to be confirmed in the mempool is an ongoing auction for block space.
As such, a fee that is high enough to be confirmed in the next block when you create a transaction can be outbid by people sending coins after you who also want to be in the next block, which places your transaction farther back in line to be confirmed.
If you have a transaction that is high-priority and you really want it to be confirmed ASAP:
- Go into your Wasabi
Settingsand turn on
Manual fee entry.
- Use a mempool monitor (opens new window) (available Tor onion website (opens new window)) to see what fees are likely to get a transaction to be confirmed in the next block.
- Select a fee that is well above the current highest fee....perhaps double or triple it....if it is very important to you that the transaction is confirmed soon.
For a deeper dive into the fee estimation process, this article (opens new window) is worth reading.
# Custom Change Address
Settings tab you can activate the option to set a custom change address.
This will show a second address field in the
Send tab, where you can paste an address that will be used for the change output of the transaction.
The specified sending amount will go to the first address, the value of
input coins - payment amount - fee will go to this change address.
If no address is pasted in this field, then it will pull an address from this same wallet, the same way as the default.
In order to spend a coin, the transaction must be signed by the private key corresponding to that coin. Wasabi stores a secret on the computer, encrypted with the password that you specified during the wallet generation. To spend a coin you need to type in the password, which decrypts the encrypted secret, and then derive the child private key that signs the transaction. Afterwards, the password is wiped from memory.
Once the transaction is signed, Wasabi will connect to a random Bitcoin P2P node over Tor and provide this transaction, then it will immediately disconnect. This first node will gossip the transaction throughout the network, then miners can include it in a block.
If for some reason the first broadcast fails, then if you have Wasabi connected to your own Bitcoin full node this node will broadcast the transaction to the network. If this also fails, then the transaction is sent to the backend coordinator with a new Tor identity, who then broadcasts the transaction to the network.