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Base58 Encode and Decode using Python

Base58 and Base58Check implementation compatible with what is used by the bitcoin network.

Install base58 module from the command line:

pip install base58

Code example


import base58

text = 'Hello from maxpython'
base58Str = base58.b58encode(text.encode('utf-8')).decode('utf-8')

text = base58.b58decode(base58Str).decode('utf-8')

This is what I saw in the thonny repl window

>> %Run code.py
Hello from maxpython


Command line usage

$ printf "hello world" | base58

$ printf "hello world" | base58 -c

$ printf "3vQB7B6MrGQZaxCuFg4oh" | base58 -dc
hello world

$ printf "4vQB7B6MrGQZaxCuFg4oh" | base58 -dc
Invalid checksum


Module usage

>>> import base58
>>> base58.b58encode(b'hello world')
>>> base58.b58decode(b'StV1DL6CwTryKyV')
b'hello world'
>>> base58.b58encode_check(b'hello world')
>>> base58.b58decode_check(b'3vQB7B6MrGQZaxCuFg4oh')
b'hello world'
>>> base58.b58decode_check(b'4vQB7B6MrGQZaxCuFg4oh')
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "base58.py", line 89, in b58decode_check
    raise ValueError("Invalid checksum")
ValueError: Invalid checksum
# Use another alphabet. Here, using the built-in XRP/Ripple alphabet.
# RIPPLE_ALPHABET is provided as an option for compatibility with existing code
# It is recommended to use XRP_ALPHABET instead
>>> base58.b58encode(b'hello world', alphabet=base58.XRP_ALPHABET)
>>> base58.b58decode(b'StVrDLaUATiyKyV', alphabet=base58.XRP_ALPHABET)
b'hello world'

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