is my Bitcoin wallet the same as public Bitcoin address?

Bitcoin Questions and Answersis my Bitcoin wallet the same as public Bitcoin address?
samuel gachahi mbiga asked 2 months ago

I would like to know if there’s a difference between a Bitcoin wallet and Bitcoin public address. Thanks.

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Ofir Beigel Staff answered 2 months ago

Awesome question Samuel.
A Bitcoin wallet often refers to the program that generates your Bitcoin public addresses. You may also sometimes here it named a Bitcoin client.
A Bitcoin wallet can generate many public addresses from the same private key. That’s why if you have a wallet like Coinbase for example, you’ll notice your public address changes from time to time. This is done in order to keep you from reusing the same public address twice (for privacy purposes).
If you want a full understanding of this watch this short video:

Anonymous answered 2 months ago

Hi, 
I have a add-on question.
Bitcoin wallet = Bitcoin address + private keys
This bitcoin address should be private and only known to the user?
Need to clarify this as you said, private keys can generate many public addresses.

Ofir Beigel Staff answered 2 months ago

The public address can be known to all. The private key (or private address) need to be kept secret. 

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