Locking and unlocking scripts

The DSL provides flexibility in how locking and unlocking script are specified.

Table 1. Support for Script, Miniscript and Descriptor
Method Locking Unlocking




Sig extension


To provide the most flexibility, the DSL support Script provided as an interpolated string. Developers can drop in variable names prefixed by a command to generate signatures and/or hashes.

For example, the script below will replace hash160(@alice) with a hash160 of the public key referred to by the variable @alice.


There are a number of commands that are interpolated in script, see the Script interpolation section for list of commands supported.

Script can be used in both locking and unlocking script.

Miniscript Policy

For generating output scripts, the DSL support miniscript Policy to allow for flexible contract construction.

For example, the policy 'or(99@thresh(2,pk(@alice),pk(@asp)),and(older(10),pk(@asp_timelock)))' is processed by rust-miniscript after @alice, @asp and @asp_timelock have been replaced by hex formatted public keys.

There are a number of commands that are interpolated in script, see the Interpolated miniscript policy section of the reference for details.

Miniscript can be only be used for locking scripts in outputs.


Descriptors for outputs are supported by Bitcoin DSL.

Output scripts can be defined using descriptors like in the transaction below.

transaction inputs: [
      { tx: @opcodes_tx, vout: 0, script_sig: 'sig:wpkh(@bob)' }
    outputs: [
      { descriptor: 'wpkh(@bob)', amount: 49.998.sats }
Descriptors can be used in only in locking scripts.

Custom sig Extension

One of the biggest challenges when using P2WSH is to have access to the script witness programs when you need to sign an input that is spending from a SegWit output.

Bitcoin DSL automatically tracks the required witness program for an output and uses it to create signatures when required. The sig prefix is used to provide a signature. The script_sig parameter is first interpolated replaces all occurences of sig:.* with a signature for the specified options provided to sig.

Here is a list of options that sig currently supports.

  1. sig:<key>: The <key> is a variable that will be used to generate the signature. Example: sig:@alice.

  2. sig:(wpkh(<key>)): The <key> is used to generate the signature as per the P2WPKH specifications. Example: sig:wpkh(@alice).

  3. sig:multi(<key1>,<key2>): Signatures for <key1> and <key2> are generated as per requirements for multisig. Either of the key options can be _empty or _skip, where _empty means use an empty signature and _skip means skip updating any signature if it exists already.