BCASH - Fee Estimate

Modified on Mon, 23 Oct 2023 at 03:24 PM


Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a UTXO-based chain, where the Fee estimate for a transaction fee comes from two main parameters:

  • Approximate fee per kilobyte
  • Transaction size

The Formula

Estimated Fee == "approximate fee per kilobyte" * "transaction size"

Calculating the approximate fee per kilobyte

To estimate the fee for a BCH transaction, you can use the RPC API cURL estimatefee method:

curl --location 'https://api.tatum.io/v3/blockchain/node/BCH' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'x-api-key: {your_api_key}' \
--data '{
    "jsonrpc": "1.0",
    "method": "estimatefee",
    "params": []
    "result": 0.00001,  // This is the value you are looking for
    "error": null,
    "id": "1"
More information at the following link.

Calculating the transaction size

Transaction Size (in bytes) = (Number of Inputs * 148) + (Number of Outputs * 34) + 10

  • Number of Inputs: The number of transaction inputs (unspent transaction outputs or UTXOs) that your transaction is spending.
  • Number of Outputs: The number of transaction outputs, including the recipient's address and any change addresses.
  • 10 bytes: A fixed overhead for the transaction header.

Let's break it down:

  • Number of Inputs * 148 bytes: Each input typically takes 148 bytes. This includes the previous transaction's reference (36 bytes) plus a scriptSig (typically 110 bytes) for unlocking the UTXO and some additional bytes for metadata.
  • Number of Outputs * 34 bytes: Each output typically takes 34 bytes. This includes 8 bytes for the amount in satoshis, 1 byte for the OP_RETURN code (if used), and 25 bytes for the recipient's public key or address.

Example of a BCH transaction with 2 inputs and 2 outputs:

  • Number of Inputs = 2
  • Number of Outputs = 2

Using the formula:

  • Transaction Size (in bytes) = (2 * 148) + (2 * 34) + 10
  • Transaction Size (in bytes) = 296 + 68 + 10
  • Transaction Size (in bytes) = 374 bytes

So, the transaction size in this example is 374 bytes.

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