How can I create a new wallet on Bitcoin Core (Bitcoin QT)? I forgot my old password, so I can't create transactions using the old wallet. I don't have money on my old wallet, I just need to create new wallet without the forgotten password.


Bitcoin Core will create a new wallet if it cannot find the wallet.dat in the Bitcoin Core folder.

  1. Close Bitcoin Core.
  2. If the wallet still has a balance, or addresses from the wallet were given out, back the old wallet.dat up: Move it to a different directory or rename it. If you are sure that it was never used, you may delete it instead.
  3. Restart Bitcoin Core. A new wallet will be created.

If you don't know where to find the wallet.dat, check here: Where is the data folder for bitcoin-qt?

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  • Would be nice to have a reference to where to find this in the bitcoin core code – Barney Chambers Jun 6 '18 at 13:46

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