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I have encrypted my bitcoin wallet. I know the passphrase, that's not the issue.

I want to transfer my bitcoins to blockchain.info but it's asking me for the private key. I cannot find it nor can I find how to find it. I have searched around on google; a few sites say that pywallet will extract the private key, but I have used this and all I get is the address I have created.

Where is my private key(s)?

  • Is it important for you to keep your old addresses? Otherwise it might be simpler to just send the bitcoins to a new address that you generate at blockchain.info. – D.H. - bitcoin.se Aug 17 '12 at 18:03
  • Welcome to the site! By the way, I'm wondering if it's just coincidence that the three people involved with this question are Danny, D.H., and me (Daniel H.). – Daniel H Aug 17 '12 at 22:07
  • @D.H. That is true, and I thought of that, but there are transaction fees, waiting, and lack of anonymity involved with that which aren't involved with simply importing the keys. – Daniel H Aug 17 '12 at 22:07
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Use pywallet to extract the private keys and copy the output to blockchain.info's Import Backup page.

To use pywallet, you open a command prompt/terminal window at the folder where you saved it and type ./pywallet --dumpwallet --password="Whatever your passphrase is". NOTE: this will output everything in plain text, so if you do this on a public computer or with somebody looking over your shoulder, some of your bitcoins may be stolen.

  • I did that but its saying pywallet.py: error: no such option: --password – Danny Aug 17 '12 at 17:24
  • I was using a different one to the one you gave its doing something now ill post an update if it works, Thanks – Danny Aug 17 '12 at 17:30
  • That worked i had to create a bat to dump to a file – Danny Aug 17 '12 at 17:36
  • So you have everything uploaded now? – Daniel H Aug 17 '12 at 21:49
  • I just installed pywallet: In Mountain Lion I get the error "no module names _bsddb" ... Do you have any suggestions? – technology_is_overrated Sep 16 '12 at 5:26

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