Remember to use DeBitpay if you need to buy via the deceptive payment processor Bitpay.

Today I used Bitpay to buy a TV from a retailer in my area and since I use a Trezor and Samurai Wallet my wallet is unable to decode their payment and since they don't just show an address and sum I need to use this tool to extract that information.

Bitpay in it's payment would've made me pay 6.956 sat/b but instead I paid 1.357 sat/b and it got confirmed 28 min or 2nd block since creation. Bitpay and it deceptive measures with fees is directly tied to rogers, jihans, fakesatoshis bshit.

I don't why roger would say that 2 cents is to much and have a big say in a service that suggest you pay 5x that.

I also noticed that the address I was going to send the Satoshis to is an address that already has been used and spent from… which has it downsides.

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Getting Started with BTCPay Server – Free and Open Source Bitcoin and Lightning Network payment processor

This post is a sequel to my earlier Merchant's Guide and the Ultimate Guide to BTCPay. Since then, the software has matured, it's more feature-rich, light-weight and easier to install with plenty of documentation and video tutorials available.

What is BTCPay Server?

BTCPay Server is a free and open-source cryptocurrency payment processor which allows you to receive payments in Bitcoin (on-chain and via the Lightning Network) and supported altcoins, directly to your wallet without fees, transaction cost or a middleman via your own full node.

Think of it as a non-custodial invoicing system which eliminates the third-party. The private keys are never uploaded to the server. There is no address re-use since each invoice generates a new address deriving from your xpubkey. That means increased privacy, security, and censorship-resistance. It's a tool for self-sovereign businesses, organizations or even individuals.

Who can use BTCPay?

  • Merchants with an online or a physical store (connect your store to your BTCPay with one of many integrations or use a Point of Sale app)
  • Charities, organizations or content creators (receive donations via POS app or payment button)
  • Users who want to deploy Lightning Network node easily
  • Users who want to become payment processors for their friends or local community
  • Exchanges which want to integrate with BTCPay and allow merchants to receive fiat payments
  • Hosting providers which want to offer 1-click deployment to customers
  • Developers who want to help and learn

Why a business should run a full node?

Read this article

BTCPay vs other payment processors

The most significant advantage of BTCPay over other processors is that it is entirely free and open-source, non-custodial software, created by the community. While most of the other processors hold your Bitcoins, BTCPay allows you to receive payments P2P, directly to your software or hardware wallet.

BTCPay is a self-hosted software. This means that you are your own payment processor. There are no subscriptions, no transaction fees. There's no third-party involvement which significantly increases the censorship-resistance, privacy, and security for you and your customers. Furthermore, BTCPay enables you to become a processor, which means you can charge for registration of your local merchants, or provide a free service to help spread the adoption.

How to deploy BTCPay Server?

The easiest way is to use a web-wizard deployment and launch your BTCPay, Full Bitcoin and LND node in under a minute. Please visit this page for more deployment methods.

How much does it cost to run BTCPay Server?

BTCPay is a 100% free software. You can run it as a self-hosted solution on your local server, or use a hosting provider, which is what a majority of users do. Additionally, you can use a third-party BTCPay host and attach your store to it.

If you choose to host it externally, the price depends on the hosting provider. Be sure to choose a VPS which meets the minimal requirements.

The low-priced VPS servers tested by the community start at around 8.8$ /month.

E-commerce Integrations

Is there a list of merchants using BTCPay?

BTCPay is decentralized, non-custodial service, so we don't really have a way of keeping a track on the number of users. However, some community members try to keep a list of BTCPay stores.

I don't have a store, how can I create one?

Follow this step by step guide and build your first online store from scratch.

BTCPay Demo?

How can I contribute to BTCPay?

The easiest way is to use the software for your business, provide feedback and report any bugs or issues you or your customers encounter.

Translating BTCPay, helping us with documentation are also ways in which you can help, even if you're not a developer or tech-savvy.

We need more VPS hosting providers to implement 1-Click BTCPay deployment and make BTCPay widely-available.

We are actively looking for developers who can take on and resolve GitHub issues and help with development.

We appreciate each and every contributor to the project and support we get from the community here.

Have a question about BTCPay Server? Feel free to ask in the comments.

How best to proceed from here and keep up with the project??

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The Ultimate Guide to BTCPay – The free and open-source Bitcoin Payment processor

This is an updated and revised version of "The Merchants Guide to BTCPay" I posted a few weeks back. After using BTCPay for 2 months in my store and actively being involved in the community on Slack, my understanding of its technical aspects and the importance of such project have greatly improved. Due to recent events of payment processors cutting off the stores for no reason like WikiLeaks the self-sovereignty of the merchants is becoming critical.

This updated guide assumes you’re a merchant who already understands the benefits and the risks of accepting Bitcoin. It's not technical at all. The goal to explain plainly what is BTCPay, how it works and cover advantages and disadvantages. The idea behind the guide is to inform both merchants and general public about the project and motivate them to try it out and support it.

The official BTCPay documentation is available here.

What is BTCPay?

BTCPay Server is an Open Source payment processor, written in C#, that conforms to the invoice API of Bitpay. This allows easy migration of your code base to your own, self-hosted payment processor. source.

To simplify the definition, BTCPay allows merchants to be their own bank, receive payments in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Doge and plenty other cryptocurrencies without the third party. BTCPay allows merchants to run their own node (or connect to someone else's node by using the hosts) and receive payments directly, P2P, with no fees, no intermediary, no censorship whle providing better privacy over their customers financial and private data. (PayPal shares data with over 600 companies )

The developer behind the open-source project is Nicolas Dorier, Bitcoin Core contributor. /u/NicolasDorier decided to fork the BitPay processor and create a different solution. His approach is very logical and works just like Bitcoin was supposed to work, peer to peer with no third party. You are your own bank; you control your funds, the payment processor can't just shut you down for political reasons or just because they do not like your business model. The project gathered a decent and very active community. u/codeoverwhelming is also a rock-star contributor to the project.

How BTCPay works? BTCPay on the back-end work just like any other payment processor. The customer adds item to cart, selects “Pay with Bitcoin”, chooses the cryptocurrency they wish to pay in, or convert (BTCPay currently supports over 40 cryptocurrencies through ShapeShift/Changelly conversion).

The important elements of BTCPay are :

  • The server
  • The plugin
  • The wallet

You’re running your own server which runs the full node; the server is called BTCPay. Once installed it will be connected to your website's subdomain. To simplify this even further, you'll have a separate mini site where you will be able to check the invoices, manage your wallet, configure your store and much more. If you wish you can use this mini-website as a payment processor and help other smaller stores accept crypto for free or charge for the support. This does not mean you’ll have to check the invoices on the server, all basic information is available through your Woocommerce store and your order processing routine will not change in any way.

Though there are so many features you can configure, I'd like to mention the Apps.The apps will allow merchants at a later point to implement different type of features like : payment forwarders, ifttt integration, etc. The first app released is POS app which allows merchants to use BTCPay as a point of sale terminal and create invoices for their customers.

The plugin connects your server to your Woocommerce Store. It is a bridge to your store and your node. In the plugin settings, you can configure important options. A bit more advanced configurations can be adjusted on the server. The plugin helps you manage your store. It will automatically mark your orders as "processed" or any other status you've set. It will mark expired invoices as canceled, etc. If you're familiar with Woocommerce, let me tell you that there is no difference between the ease of order management between this and any other payment method in Woo. Our store is configured this way. Buyer selects "Pay with Bitcoin" at the checkout. The status of the order is awaiting payment. We set that after 6 confirmations order status changes to processing, at which point we know that the order is fully paid, which you can see in your wallet as well.

Your receive payments to your wallet (it’s possible to configure Ledger Nano S hardware wallet or Electrum right out of the box). You need to set your derivation path. This is what will generate different public address for your customer to pay. Each new invoice will have a different address, which increases the privacy greatly. At no point will you need to reveal the private keys during the setup..

This means that the buyer, pays directly to you in cryptocurrency and that the payment does not go anywhere else, the IP address is not leaked, the buyer data is not shared with a third party in any way. You will see the payment in your Bitcoin wallet. Electrum OR Ledger Nano S wallet integration to btcpay is needed.

BTCPay is not the only solution to accept cryptocurrency directly, but after months of trying out, I found it the safest, the most active, customizable and the easiest to set up. It just works.

Difference between BTCPay and third-party payment processors

Think of BTCPay as a server which allows you to accept bitcoin without intermediaries. You are your own payment processor. The payment processors act as a server as well, but your customer's data, IP addresses go through them. Furthermore, most of the payment processors hold your crypto payments, and you’d have to withdraw it or convert it, similar to what exchanges do. The last but not the least, third-party processors charge fees on your transactions.


  • You are running a full node and helping the network
  • You are protecting the privacy of your customers
  • You’re using Bitcoin the way it’s supposed to be used, p2p, directly
  • You’re avoiding fees that all payment processors have (monthly subscription/fees per transaction usually 1-5%)
  • You can accept payments directly to your wallet, including the hardware wallet (currently integrated with Ledger Nano S well) and you’re the immediate owner of those assets
  • You can be a host and help other smaller shops accept payments through their stores
  • You can accept other cryptocurrencies through BTCPay directly(Litecoin) and over 40 currencies if you enable the ShapeShift integration
  • You can accept Lightning Network payments on the Mainnet easily
  • Multiple merchants can have the same server and host their stores together to save the cost (however only the main admin has access to the integrated lightning node)


  • Hosting such server costs around 20-60$ per month (the cost varies depending on the server you’re using, with the Azure, you can cut down the cost to little over $ 20). My cost for the previous month was 57$ .
  • It takes a bit more time to setup and configure to fit your store needs, (took 3-4 hours for myself, I’m not particularly tech-savvy).
  • You can not convert to fiat currency right away like with some payment processors, though in my personal opinion, the immediate conversion ruins the whole point of accepting bitcoin and does not increase the adoption. The fiat conversion is coming very soon on BTCPay and merchants will be able to immediately convert the whole amount or partial to their local fiat currency through the exchange.
  • Shopify integration is unavailable (being developed)
  • PrestaShop integration is unavailable (being developed)

Getting Started

The entire documentation is available on the Github. There are several videos on YouTube which will help the newbies out which guide you step by step how to set the BTCPay up.

Important note :

  1. BTCPay is in no way limited to Azure deployment
  2. Azure only provides the newbie-friendly solution with 1 click deployment.

Summary of this step is that you have to register with Microsoft Azure server. Upon registration, you'll get 200$ free credits which will be enough for the first few months of running the server, so basically, there are no upfront costs. Be aware that BTCPay is free; it does not cost a dime, you're paying Microsoft here for the server which will keep your node online 24/7. As mentioned, you can use other solutions (Docker).

After you register for the server, there is a single one-click deploy button you have to click. It will take you to your Azure VM and configure everything for you. There are a few things you have to change yourself. Besides documentation, Nicolas made an easy to follow video for this.

The next step is to connect your domain and your server, which is again very easy to follow up in the videos and documents.

The third step is to connect your Woocommerce store by installing the Woo plugin (plugin is free).

The final step is to configure your (hardware) wallet and set the derivation path. I was amazed that Ledger configuration took only a few seconds. Nicolas did a great job with this one.

When you set up your store, it is highly recommended to test it out. Post any issues that you might find on the Github and if you have any questions, feel free to ask on Slack.

It's highly recommended that you first watch the following YouTube videos which will help you visualise the process much easier.


Before I answer some of the questions I got from merchants, I'd like to tell that if you're a merchant and have any question, feel free to ask it here. If you're having trouble setting up your BTCPay server, join the community on Slack . There are developers and merchants there ready to help you.

Q: Where can I see the example of how BTCPay works and looks?

A: BTCPay website and if you want to see it live you can check the list of stores using it.

mainnet and testnet

Q: Where can I get help/support?

A: BTCPay is an open-source project. The best way to ask questions is through the Slack group.

Q: Can the costs of running BTCPay be cheaper?

A: Yes they can. Currently, the one-click deployment requires Azure Virtual Machine, but if you’re a programmer or understand VM’s you can deploy one on a different VM. UPDATE: It's now possible to run BTCPay server with 50% decrease by using this method

Q: I have a Shopify store, can I use BTCPay?

A: At this moment, no. Shopify is a closed system a company opposed to an open-source project like WordPress, so it’s harder to communicate to them and create a solution. Luckily there are developers in BTCPay community working on it. While I can’t give you precise information, I assume it will eventually be possible.

Q: Can I have more stores connected to my BTCPay server.

A: Absolutely, you can host multiple stores on the same server. The stores can operate and configure settings separately and receive payments separately.

Q: Why use BTCPay vs. just having a BTC address up on your site?

A: The most important reason – the privacy of your customers and your business. BTCPay will generate the new address for each invoice. You just need to select the derivation path for the address (I used Ledger Nano S). The second reason is user-experience. BTCPay integrates as a payment method to your store, so your customers can checkout with a few clicks.

List of merchants using BTCPay

Note: If you're a merchant accepting BTCPay and would like to be listed here, just comment. The list is in alphabetical order.

List of third-party BTCPay hosts

Useful Links

Full disclosure, I am not in any way related to BTCPay project. I am not a developer nor a contributor. I am just the guy who discovered it and fell in love with the community and the good vibes among the users. I wrote this post to help merchants understand it better and to help with promoting this exceptional project. Since I have no skills to contribute by coding, I thought I could help this way.


Following users helped me improve this guide :

  • u/NicolasDorier – provided more accurate technical explanation
  • u/sg77 – helped with typos and grammar

I intend to keep this guide and FAQ up to date. If you notice any spelling errors or have suggestions to improve it, please feel free to let me know.

This post is long and might not be attractive to many people except for the merchants, but please upvote it for the visibility so that we can spread the word. BTCPay is an open-source project, and they accept the donations if you can please support it.

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WikiLeaks Store Secures New Payment Processor After Losing Coinbase Support (

WikiLeaks has had to find alternative solutions for its online shop. On April 20, 2018, the whistle-blowing document depository revealed in a tweet that Coinbase has shut down the WikiLeaks’ online store account.With Coinbase out as a payment processor, WikiLeaks’ online shop has turned to…


WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community. Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin processor, responding to a concealed influence, has blocked the entirely harmless @WikiLeaksShop in a decisio


WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community. Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin processor, responding to a concealed influence, has blocked the entirely harmless @WikiLeaksShop in a decision approved by management.

WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community. Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin processor, responding to a concealed influence, has blocked the entirely harmless @WikiLeaksShop in a decision approved by management. submitted by /u/gonzobon
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