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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.

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  • Have you looked at "I want to use an existing wallet"? – Murch Aug 4 '15 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 Aug 4 '15 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 Aug 4 '15 at 19:43
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    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 Aug 5 '15 at 0:09
  • Do you still have your mbhd.wallet.aes file ? You can extract mnemonic seed( words) from it using your password. – Vanboohen Mar 23 '17 at 17:02
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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 Aug 5 '15 at 20:10
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    MultiBit HD dev here. The cloud backups are encrypted with an AES key derived from the wallet words only, not the password. – jim618 Aug 12 '15 at 11:05
  • @jim618 Hi, thanks for chiming in. Are items 1 and 2 on the above list correct? – Nick ODell Aug 12 '15 at 12:21
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    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 Jun 14 '17 at 20:38
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    Ok, I just did it. – jwg Jun 14 '17 at 20:48

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