Bitcoin Protocol Handlers

March 17, 2015

I was completely unaware until today that you could use bitcoin protocol for links on the web. Recently, I've been into sending tips via ChangeTip on twitter and found my page had a link to add bitcoin directly to my ChangeTip wallet. When clicking on the link on my Android phone, it opens a dialogue asking what bitcoin app I'd like to use to complete the action.

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Just like the mailto: protocol for email links, the bitcoin protocol uses bitcoin:[bitcoin_address].

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