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How can I import my 24 word mnemonic seed into bitcoin-qt? I think that I will have to convert it to some other format but I don't know how to do that nor what format to use. BIP 39 does not work.

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You can't. Bitcoin Core does not currently allow the importing of seeds or mnemonics.

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    couldn't one use "iancoleman.io/bip39", enter the 24 words, and at the very bottom get a list of priv & pub keys, that can be imported into bitcoin core (1 by 1) ? – pebwindkraft Jan 16 '18 at 17:31
  • Yes, you could do that, but that's not importing the mnemonic or seed directly into Core. You could still miss some private keys and if you continued to use the wallet that had the mnemonic, then you would likely miss later transactions too. – Andrew Chow Jan 16 '18 at 17:59
  • Electrum can do it. There's no Python script or something to convert it into a format Bitcoin Core can import? – Geremia Feb 19 at 18:19
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    @Geremia It is not a format or encoding issue. It is the fact that Bitcoin Core cannot handle the 512 bit BIP 32 seeds that BIP 39 mnemonics always produce. – Andrew Chow Feb 19 at 22:25

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