How to export private keys?

Robert asked 4 months ago

I want to know how I can get my private keys from my Bitcoin wallet to use in another wallet, thanks.

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Ofir Beigel Staff answered 4 months ago

Hey Robert, 
the answer to this question really depends on which wallet you’re using. For example, if you’re using Bitcoin Core (also known as Bitcoin QT) you will need to do the following:

  1. launch your bitcoin client as usual and wait for it to load the blockchain and start up
  2. click on ‘help’ in the menu bar (top right)
  3. click on ‘debug window’
  4. select the ‘console’ tab
  5. type: walletpassphrase “your walletpassphrase here” 600
  6. type: dumpprivkey [your Bitcoin address here]
  7. this will return the private key, you can copy it now; ensure you clear your clipboard/history afterwards
  8. type: walletlock

 
For Blockchain.info use these actions:

  1. Login to blockchain.info
  2. Click ‘Import/Export‘ link in the second header
  3. Click ‘I Understand‘ to the advanced warning
  4. On the left side menu click ‘Export unencrypted
  5. Enter your secondary password
  6. Select the ‘Private Key Format‘ of ‘Bitcoin-QT Format
  7. In the window underneath you will see a bunch of json formatted text (text enclosed in {} braces).
  8. Search for the last few lines that look like “addr”:”1Pd3″,”priv”:”……..”
  9. Your private key will be the shown after the “priv” and will start with either the number 5 or the letter K

 
Hope this helps!
Ofir

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