Which command should I use to encrypt a previously unencrypted wallet from the command line?

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The command is: bitcoin-cli encryptwallet mypassphrase.

The list with all commands exposed through bitcoind's RPC API can be found here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Original_Bitcoin_client/API_calls_list or can be fetched with the command: bitcoin-cli help.

It's worth noting that the encryptwallet command will not show up in bitcoin-cli help's results once your wallet is encrypted, instead you will get three new commands: walletlock, walletpassphrase and walletpassphrasechange.

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    Thanks a lot! My problem was that I used "help" to see the list of the commands on another installation with encrypted wallet. So it didn't show me the this command. Apr 22, 2014 at 11:12

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