If I have a backup file like mbhd-*.zip.aes how do I restore it using only my password? When I click on Restore Wallet, it only asks for the wallet words, not the file path or password.

enter image description here

enter image description here

  • Have you looked at "I want to use an existing wallet"?
    – Murch
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 12:16
  • Yes, and it only lists the current wallets in the system. It doesn't allow you to choose the file location.
    – Chloe
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:42
  • This ISN'T a duplicate of the other question! That other question is ALSO my question, and it is asking something completely different!
    – Chloe
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 19:43
  • 1
    Going to disagree with @StephenM347. The questions are sufficiently different to reopen. @ Chloe Please try to relate to other users more politely in the future. Speculating on someone's reading ability isn't ok.
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 0:09
  • Do you still have your mbhd.wallet.aes file ? You can extract mnemonic seed( words) from it using your password.
    – Vanboohen
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 17:02

1 Answer 1


You can't.

Security of a MultiBit wallet is broken into four parts:

  1. A wallet encrypted by the password but not the wallet words
  2. A wallet backup, kept in the cloud, encrypted by the wallet words.
  3. "Wallet words," kept on a piece of paper
  4. A password, kept in your head.

You have 2 and 4, but not 1 or 3. My understanding is that that's not enough to restore your wallet. If you had your wallet words, or access to the computer that created this wallet, it would be different.

  • Oh so the mbhd-*.zip.aes files are not the same as what MultiBit uses on a daily basis? Where does it keep the other file encrypted with only the password? How would I restore a wallet from a copy of that file? There still isn't any option to select a file path.
    – Chloe
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 20:10
  • 1
    MultiBit HD dev here. The cloud backups are encrypted with an AES key derived from the wallet words only, not the password.
    – jim618
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 11:05
  • @jim618 Hi, thanks for chiming in. Are items 1 and 2 on the above list correct?
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 12:21
  • 1
    I think this is wrong. The wallet words uniquely determine the wallet. You shouldn't need the wallet words to decrypt the cloud backup.
    – jwg
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 20:38
  • 1
    Ok, I just did it.
    – jwg
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 20:48

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.