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I have purchased 26 Bitcoins and have downloaded bitcoin-QT (on Mac OS X) but my wallet is taking forever to synchronise to the network. So far, it has been three days. I can't access my wallet because it is still in the sync process. I have the record of me paying for the Bitcoins, the confirmation email, etc., and the address it has been sent to. I desperately want to start spending them, but I am so lost. Can anyone help?

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One solution is to export (in your privacy) the private key connected to the address on which you received your Bitcoins (or simply all private keys). This can be done using a command line tool known as pywallet.

Then, you can import this key (or all your keys) into another wallet. Browser-based wallets such as https://blockchain.info/wallet do not require syncing. Hence you can immediately spent your coins. For the bĺockchain.info wallet the procedure is described on their website.

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how do i find out my private key? i have encrypted my wallet.i have looked on the net for CLI interface but i dont understand. i have created a new online wallet and am hoping to export the bitcoins to that wallet if i can –  Alex Jackson Jan 8 '13 at 12:44
@AlexJackson instructions for exporting private keys from bitcoin-qt are here bitcoin.stackexchange.com/a/5933/2531 –  Don Park Jan 8 '13 at 17:41

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