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I know you can make a transaction across the blockchain to move your Bitcoins from say Bitcoin-QT to Multibit, but is it possible to import my wallet.dat file from Bitcoin-QT to another desktop wallet without preforming a transaction?

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I think it's possible but importing private keys would work better.

All you need to import an address to a new wallet is the private key. Get the private keys of your addresses from the QT client and import them into Multibit.

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You can simply copy .bitcoin/wallet.dat to another place, and use it like HOME dir for bitcoind/bitcoin-qt.

It is like a copy the whole bitcoind data.

Other files in .bitcoin/ directory are just a logs and configs with database, which will be downloaded from network automatically by your new client program.

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