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What Is The Bitcoin Tap Root Update?

2022-08-25 11:11:02

Bitcoin is the first digital currency that makes it possible to send and receive money without using a third party. Since Bitcoin is software and like any other software, it requires updates and bug removals. Bitcoin Tap Root is one such update to introduce a new feature in Bitcoin.

Cryptocurrencies are a hot topic these days. People have been talking about them for years, but now that the prices are going up so quickly, suddenly everyone has decided to get into the game and invest in them. What’s confusing is that people don’t understand what cryptocurrencies are and how they work. They think it’s all about digital money or digital gold. But the truth is that there is a lot more to cryptocurrencies than just the value of their coins. There’s a lot of money to be made from them, but also a lot of questions about them. There are many different types of cryptocurrencies and many different ways to use them.

What Is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a digital currency that’s created through a blockchain. That blockchain is a public ledger of all transactions. The blockchain is a public ledger that is constantly updated. It can be seen by anyone and everyone, so it is so important that all parties involved are honest and accountable. The blockchain is a publicly available record of every transaction that has ever occurred. It’s the only record of all transactions that you need. Everything else that you do with cryptocurrency is just a transaction on the blockchain. Before Bitcoin, there was only one way to send money, which was by using a bank. That’s why banks had such power, but now that the system is decentralized, it’s easier to send money and more secure. 

a transaction on the blockchain

How Does Bitcoin Work?

Bitcoin is a digital currency. It’s not physical money, and it’s not regulated by the government. Bitcoin is a piece of software that people use to send money digitally to each other. The software keeps track of all the transactions that happen and then figures out who owes who how much and when it needs to be paid back. Bitcoin works on the Proof of Work Model. Bitcoin works on an open-source P2P network. That means that the network is decentralized, meaning that there are no central points of authority. This is good for the community. However, this also means that there are no rules or regulations which makes it hard to regulate the system. It’s also decentralized means that it’s easy to attack and its securing is hard as well.

Why Bitcoin Is Not Scalable?

Bitcoin works on a proof-of-work model. Bitcoin is a system that runs on a distributed ledger. On this ledger, you can make transactions in the form of digital tokens. The value of Bitcoins is stored on an artificial system that is run by a network of computers called miners. The miners create an updated ledger of all of the transactions that have taken place and add them to this ledger. This makes bitcoin more secure but very slow as compared to Ethereum and other altcoins. 

What Is BIP (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal)? 

A Bitcoin Improvement Proposal is a proposal for new Bitcoin Core protocol features. A Bitcoin Improvement Proposal is a proposal for new Bitcoin Core protocol features. These are things that could be added to the protocol but are not considered "standard" and will not be in the codebase of Bitcoin Core. They’re written for the development community and are not intended to become part of the Bitcoin Core protocol itself.

What Is Bitcoin Tap Root Update?

Bitcoin Taproot

Tap Root is an upgrade to Bitcoin that brought several new features and benefits to Bitcoin users. The Bitcoin community activated Tap Root at block 709,632 on November 12th, 2021. The Tap Root upgrade is part of a trio of proposed upgrades to the Bitcoin protocol, known collectively as the Segwit2x proposal. The three proposals have different purposes but are intended to improve upon the Bitcoin network.

However, these three upgrades are known as the Tap Root upgrade, and BIPs 340, 341, and 342 are often collectively referred to as BIP Tap Root. Together, these upgrades introduced new and more efficient consensus rule changes, including BIP.

Pay to Tap Root (P2TR):

Tap Root also introduced a new script type, a way of spending bitcoin. Pay-to-Tap Root (P2TR) allows users to pay to either a Schnorr public key or the Merkle root of a variety of other scripts.

P2TR: Pay to Tap Root

Benefits of Tap Root:

1. Space Savings

Spending Tap Root is cheaper and saves a lot of space because it sends a public key in the SubPub Key Function which is not included in the Script witness. This saves a lot of space making Bitcoin transactions even more seamless. It’s because it involves the application of the latest technology to a sophisticated crypto-currency that is designed to expand its global reach – the Tap Root bitcoin update.

2. Privacy Benefits

With the recent update, the multigenitures output is the same as single signature contact which provides additional privacy to all the Tap Root Users. 

Bitcoin Tap Root was a privacy upgrade to the Bitcoin ecosystem. It’s the next step in making Bitcoin less traceable, more private, and more secure. Bitcoin Tap Root enhances the privacy features of its predecessor, Tap Root, by adding new zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) functionality. ZKP allows a party to prove to another party that they know something without disclosing what that knowledge is. 

3. Security Upgrades

On a technical, theoretical level, Schnorr signatures are deemed more protected than ECDSA signatures because Schnorr signatures are provably secure using fewer assumptions. The update includes additional assumptions of ECDSA to ensure the added security in Bitcoin. This decreases Bitcoin's vulnerability to the hostile world of the internet.


Tap Root was the most significant Bitcoin update in the past 4 years. The BIP not only helped Bitcoin become efficient by batching the signatures and transactions but also made it secure with added privacy features.

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