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December 12, 2017, 07:44:15 PM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...

UPDATE:: I opened my btc wallet this morning and needed to do a blick reconstruct becaude it was corrupted or something, once the sync caught up to my transaction, it said the transaction is conflicted with a transaction that has 10,000 confirms... I abandoned it again and it made the transaction disappear right off my wallet, but once again no btc back. My wallet is still sybcing, about 2 years back. Anyone have any other suggestions?
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December 12, 2017, 07:49:58 PM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.

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December 12, 2017, 08:06:00 PM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.
I don't mind the transaction fee's, so can you provide more info about sweeping the private key? Also, once I abandon it, I can go to a wallet where I haven't abandoned it yet and it show's that it's not abandoned yet again. So, it's like the abandon transaction is not working properly or something.
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December 12, 2017, 08:41:30 PM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.
I don't mind the transaction fee's, so can you provide more info about sweeping the private key? Also, once I abandon it, I can go to a wallet where I haven't abandoned it yet and it show's that it's not abandoned yet again. So, it's like the abandon transaction is not working properly or something.

That's how the system works. Once you send a transaction you can't unsend it. You can override it with other transactions but it still remains in something called the mempool. Which holds unconfirmed transactions and on normal nodes the transactions get deleted from the mempool after 21 days max.

What software of bitcoin are you running?

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December 12, 2017, 10:46:55 PM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.
I don't mind the transaction fee's, so can you provide more info about sweeping the private key? Also, once I abandon it, I can go to a wallet where I haven't abandoned it yet and it show's that it's not abandoned yet again. So, it's like the abandon transaction is not working properly or something.

That's how the system works. Once you send a transaction you can't unsend it. You can override it with other transactions but it still remains in something called the mempool. Which holds unconfirmed transactions and on normal nodes the transactions get deleted from the mempool after 21 days max.

What software of bitcoin are you running?

I'm using bitcoin core 15.1, the problem is this transaction is NOT in mempool and its over 3 years old now
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December 13, 2017, 12:32:55 AM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.
I don't mind the transaction fee's, so can you provide more info about sweeping the private key? Also, once I abandon it, I can go to a wallet where I haven't abandoned it yet and it show's that it's not abandoned yet again. So, it's like the abandon transaction is not working properly or something.

That's how the system works. Once you send a transaction you can't unsend it. You can override it with other transactions but it still remains in something called the mempool. Which holds unconfirmed transactions and on normal nodes the transactions get deleted from the mempool after 21 days max.

What software of bitcoin are you running?

I'm using bitcoin core 15.1, the problem is this transaction is NOT in mempool and its over 3 years old now

If it's out of the mempool just click to abandon it on all your versions of the client and it should go (hopefully).

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December 13, 2017, 03:18:06 AM
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I have a transaction that is not found in any blockchain explorers and "not in mempool".
I can abandon the transaction without having to put walletbroadcast=0, but once I abandon it, it doesn't really do anything (I don't get the BTC back in my wallet)
I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...



What is the txid of that transaction? You'll probably have to wait for it to be abandoned. You can sweep the private key info another one but that'll cost you in transaction fees.
I don't mind the transaction fee's, so can you provide more info about sweeping the private key? Also, once I abandon it, I can go to a wallet where I haven't abandoned it yet and it show's that it's not abandoned yet again. So, it's like the abandon transaction is not working properly or something.

That's how the system works. Once you send a transaction you can't unsend it. You can override it with other transactions but it still remains in something called the mempool. Which holds unconfirmed transactions and on normal nodes the transactions get deleted from the mempool after 21 days max.

What software of bitcoin are you running?

I'm using bitcoin core 15.1, the problem is this transaction is NOT in mempool and its over 3 years old now

If it's out of the mempool just click to abandon it on all your versions of the client and it should go (hopefully).
when you say versions, what're you talking about?
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December 13, 2017, 04:13:07 AM
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Restart Bitcoin Core using the -rescan command.

It will force the wallet to rescan the blockchain looking for transactions that apply to your wallet addresses. If the "dead" transaction still persists... consider using -zapwallettxes to remove it.

NOTE: you should make a backup of your wallet.dat before you attempt this.

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December 13, 2017, 04:18:06 AM
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Restart Bitcoin Core using the -rescan command.

It will force the wallet to rescan the blockchain looking for transactions that apply to your wallet addresses. If the "dead" transaction still persists... consider using -zapwallettxes to remove it.

NOTE: you should make a backup of your wallet.dat before you attempt this.
I've already done this and no luck
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December 13, 2017, 04:20:38 AM
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I've already done this and no luck
rescan or zapwallettxes?

Zapwallettxes is GUARANTEED to remove the transaction from your wallet... because it removes ALL the locally stored transactions and then rescans the blockchain.

remember to backup wallet.dat FIRST

NOTE: if you are in "pruned" mode, the rescan will need to download all 150gigs of blockchain Tongue

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December 13, 2017, 05:08:53 AM
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I've already done this and no luck
rescan or zapwallettxes?

Zapwallettxes is GUARANTEED to remove the transaction from your wallet... because it removes ALL the locally stored transactions and then rescans the blockchain.

remember to backup wallet.dat FIRST

NOTE: if you are in "pruned" mode, the rescan will need to download all 150gigs of blockchain Tongue

I've done both actually, I zapped the wallet, rescanned and the transaction wasn't there, but neither were my btc. So I imported an older version of my wallet, and the transaction re appeared.. I'm not sure what's going on.
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December 13, 2017, 08:45:12 AM
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Is your BTC connected with an imported address or something?

This BTC that you're supposed to have... what transactions are they from? The old one that you tried to abandon... or from newer transactions? Sounds like your BTC may not "exist" if it was unable to find it after a rescan Undecided

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December 13, 2017, 09:58:44 AM
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I've done both actually, I zapped the wallet, rescanned and the transaction wasn't there, but neither were my btc. So I imported an older version of my wallet, and the transaction re appeared.. I'm not sure what's going on.

it would be a lot easier if you can provide txid and/or related address(es) unless privacy is your concern
if the bitcoin tx never receive confirmation, it is never and not in your control
you should check your address' balance on any of the available block explorers out there
my opinion, bitcoin is payment network (digital currency) with decentralized ledgers
so whatever I see on my wallet is not 100% confidence unless backed/supported by distributed ledgers (shown on block explorers)

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December 13, 2017, 10:25:40 PM
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UPDATE:: I opened my btc wallet this morning and needed to do a blick reconstruct becaude it was corrupted or something, once the sync caught up to my transaction, it said the transaction is conflicted with a transaction that has 10,000 confirms... I abandoned it again and it made the transaction disappear right off my wallet, but once again no btc back. My wallet is still sybcing, about 2 years back. Anyone have any other suggestions?
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December 13, 2017, 11:38:15 PM
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I'm just wondering what steps I must take in order to get the bitcoins back, I don't have access to the address that the unconfirmed TX is sending to either...
UPDATE:: I opened my btc wallet this morning and needed to do a blick reconstruct becaude it was corrupted or something, once the sync caught up to my transaction, it said the transaction is conflicted with a transaction that has 10,000 confirms...

since you're not telling us an address or txid, and based on the information above
I can only say that you will never see the BTC in your wallet  Lips sealed
and as I said before, "check your address' balance on any of the available block explorers out there"
you don't need to waste your bandwidth and other resources, first check your balance on block explorer (eg. blockchain.info)
if your address is indeed showed have bitcoin balance then we can figure out possible way to help you regain control

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