I have my Bitcoin Core wallet protected with passphrase for a long time ago. Now I'm trying to move out the coin from there but unfortunately I forgot the passphrase. When finding for recovery info I only found the list of seed phrases assigned to this wallet.

Is there anyway I can recover my wallet with seed phrase only? Thank you very much in advance for any advice.

  • This seems unlikely - bitcoin core uses seeds, but not seed phrases - do you have a list of actual english words, or just a random string of characters? – Raghav Sood Jan 10 '20 at 8:18
  • It's a list of 18 words. Actually it's secrets word from where I download app: bitsblock.io – Nick Jan 14 '20 at 9:04

Bitcoin Core is not affiliated with the website you downloaded the node installer from - bitsblock.io, and the official Bitcoin Core client does not provide functionality you ask about. I noticed that when you click on download button on this website it takes you to some restore form. This seems very sketchy - I'd never provide online my private key nor any other means to derive it (such as list of backup codes, phrases, passwords, etc.). Try looking for legit wallet that supports BIP39, I cannot vouch for that but supposedly Electrum wallet does that. Also, as mentioned here, it might be actually a restore phrase for blockchain.info online wallet (though as mentioned earlier, I would discourage entering recovery phrases on any website).


Bitcoin Core does not, and has never used seed phrases. Its likely you’re not recalling the correct software or procedure here.

  • Actually it's from bitsblock.io. I created my wallet from there and it gave me a list of seed words. The app downloaded from bitsblock.io is 100% the same as Bitcoin core. – Nick Jan 14 '20 at 9:06
  • In 2017 bitcoin core wallet offered a seed phrase upon creating a wallet and suggested if the wallet is deleted or you forget the passphrase you could recover your wallet with the seed phrase. – Tyler Mar 12 at 3:18
  • No version of Bitcoin Core, at any time, has offered seed phrases for recovery. – Anonymous Mar 12 at 3:18
  • In 2017 bitcoin core offered a 12 phrase BIP39 mnemonic for wallet recovery – Tyler Mar 12 at 3:47
  • You are simply incorrect, this has never even been a proposed feature for any release. – Anonymous Mar 12 at 3:48

The bitcoin core passphrase encrypts the wallet, so in my experience, you won't be able to recover this private key.

  • So I understand that I totally lost my BTC? – Nick Jan 14 '20 at 9:05
  • You can try to guess some password you entered when you created the wallet, run some brute force algorithm to try to guess the password, but I can't see any other solution than that. – Allan Romanato Jan 15 '20 at 23:12

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