With an ever-increasing demand for Bitcoin Cash causing some recent confusion about cryptocurrencies, making identifiably unique addresses for BCH users has become a necessary measure for security reasons. A new implementation of Vanitygen is now live, specifically serving the growing number of Bitcoin Cash users.
Vanitygen Cash, a BCH address generator that can be run through a terminal, is a project of the same developers behind the new Bitcoin Cash address format. If you’ve ever wanted to have a cryptocurrency address that you can truly call your own, this is what you need.
To a beginner, cryptocurrency address formats often appear as a bunch of confusing letters and numbers. With the use of an address generator like Vanitygen Cash, Bitcoin Cash users can create and compile personalized addresses. A “flair” or unique identifier can be appended to an address as a prefix. Vanitygen Cash can also be used to create a random address if used offline. The new implementation is useful for Bitcoin Cash users who want a simple way of making their BCH addresses easier to read and identify.
The binaries for Vanitygen Cash work by accepting a pattern as an input or by receiving a set of patterns which it will then search for, producing a list of addresses and private keys based in the initial input. Because it is based on the same codebase as the first implementation, Vanitygen Cash retains a probabilistic character for its search engine. The speed of the search result’s distribution depends on the user’s host machine, as well as the complexity of the pattern placed as an input.
Here’s an example of how Vanitygen Cash works from a terminal:
Notice that the pattern becomes an additional prefix for the generated address. The private key remains the same. Hence, it works as a unique “wrapper” for the address to become easily identifiable at a glance, extending the practicality of the CashAddr format for Bitcoin Cash. While there are web-based applications such as Vante.me that do the same thing, these web generators are outdated as they only accept legacy bitcoin addresses using the old formats Pay-to-PubkeyHash (P2PKH) and Pay to script hash (P2SH).
The source code for Vanitygen Cash is compliant with AGPL v3. For Mac users, the build takes about 50 minutes to fully install. OS X and Linux users share the same makefile, while Windows users may run it with Win32. The new implementation’s compiled binaries are publicly available for download at Github.