I have a file: wallet.dat where should be saved one or more private keys of my old wallet linked to one/more public btc addresses. I also had more than a wallet, so I don't really know if there are some created address with an amount of money in that file or not. Of course, I don't want to download 500 gbs of transactions since 2009 using Qt-Coin and my idea was to extract private keys in order to import them on another wallet like blockchain.com. I managed to use some open source tool (wt_extract_keys.py https://github.com/akx/walletool) to extract private keys, one seemed to work but the format of private keys seems to be not compatible because blockchain.com requires a private key in a wif format and what I got is a very big private non-compressed key. So how can I get the private key/s with the right format this if it's possible? What do you suggest?

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I would use the dumpwallet approach using Core, then use a script to remove everything but the WIF private keys and import them to Electrum which can import a list of private keys

  • I have bitcoin-core installed, but I can't find dumpwallet executable. I'm working on windows
    – Virgula
    Jan 31, 2021 at 16:02
  • Once you run Core find the "console" menu item from which you can call dumpwallet
    – MCCCS
    Jan 31, 2021 at 16:18
  • Ok I have found it, but I can't import the dumped wallet on electrum, maybe there are no valid addresses because if I try to type dumpprivkey it says: Invalid Bitcoin address (code -5). On electrum, I do: import btc addresses or private keys, then I select the file which contains a lot of strings (but I don't know if they represent valid addresses) and I cannot move forward after that: i.imgur.com/5JRM4qX.png
    – Virgula
    Jan 31, 2021 at 16:27
  • OK, that file contains private keys. Private keys are all words that start with K, L or 5. You need to copy paste those and only those, not comments, not anything else to Electrum. You may also skip the private keys that have reserve=1, those are unused. I'm going to write a script that takes the output and filters the private keys and I'll post them here in ~48 hours, so if there are too many addresses without reserve=1, please wait one to two days
    – MCCCS
    Jan 31, 2021 at 17:21
  • I could have coded it by myself but if you have already done the work and want to share it I'll appreciate, thank you.
    – Virgula
    Jan 31, 2021 at 21:54

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