I created a vanity public key (wallet address) and I got the corresponding private key too. Is it possible to somehow "open" that wallet and just used it as a normal bitcoin wallet? No sweeping, no transferring to other account - just send some of the money from that account to some other.

  • you want to add the address to your wallet?
    – V-X
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 20:27

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A bitcoin address is not the same as a wallet. If you have the private key for the address, you can import the key into either Bitcoin-Qt or a lightweight wallet such as MultiBit. You will then be able to send and receive coins using this address.

To import a private key into Bitcoin-Qt, read this

To import a private key into MultiBit, read this

  • Could you please make a bit clearer what is the difference between a wallet and an address? Thank you for answering.
    – data
    Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 8:56
  • @data A wallet is just a collection of bitcoin addresses. It does not contain any coins - the coins exist only in transactions contained in the blockchain. So you can delete a wallet with no problems as long as you have exported the private keys associated with your bitcoin addresses. If you create a new wallet, you can regain access to your coins by importing these private keys. Commented Dec 18, 2013 at 14:21
  • So when I import my private key, my address is automatically found by the wallet software? Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 18:00

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