An Overview of Bitcoin Transaction Types
Are you planning to transfer Bitcoins? In that case, it may help to know the basics of Bitcoin transactions. There are some common patterns that can be viewed when you browse through the blockchain. These are the following:
Simple payments: These make use of standard transaction output or BitVPN. Here, the sender address represents where the transaction originated from. The recipient is the party that gets the payment. Change address may be hard for beginners to understand. They need to know that each time they send transfers to their wallet, a new address gets created. This will forward remaining funds too and the original address is then discontinued. For example, if a Bitcoin address gets 1 BTC first and then 2 BTC later in the day, it has a total of 3 BTC assigned to it. If you now wish to spend 0.5 BTC from it, you must send the remaining 2.5 BTC to another Bitcoin address vis-à-vis this new transaction. This is why a “change address” came into being.
Transaction fees are small Bitcoin amounts which must be paid to miners. This is to give them incentives so that they include your transactions. Miners will naturally prioritize the high-volume transactions, especially when there is high network congestion. This is basically how a simple and singular payment works. The simplest type is one where all funds have been transferred from one to another address and does not need change address at all. There is just one input and one transaction output.
A single payment can have multiple outputs. When there are batch payments, the fees are affordable. The opposite is when you get multiple inputs transferred to one address in a transaction. For instance, the BitVPN address in this case gets funds from more than one address which is consolidated as a single payment. This however does not imply that all the inputs have been from one wallet. Rather, it means that all these inputs have a relationship. For example, a crypto exchange or mining pool is likely to have multiple wallets or addresses with private keys.
Complex Payments: These will have multiple inputs and outputs. Here all inputs lead to an exchange.
Parking: When a user creates an address and places a part of his money in it, and continues to use the remainder, the money which is stored is “parked”.
Mixing and Tumbling: The simplest way to hide trails of transactions is to use the mixing or tumbling service. This will take a portion of your Bitcoins, take out a fee, and then output the change across many addresses over a stipulated time-period. When this shotgun approach is taken, it is hard to detect the relationships between withdrawals and deposits. There are too many inputs and identifying the original sources is challenging.
Mining Pool Outputs: This is yet another Bitcoin transaction pattern, like the Antpool or Slushpool. These are basically mixers in reverse; here, you will have multiple outputs spread out in a way that the amounts are small. Many pools rent hash power and rentals are payable in Bitcoins at first.
These are some of the main transaction types, like consolidation, wherein multiple addresses can consolidate their funds. These may be basic in nature but they represent the majority of Bitcoin transactions.