Questions tagged [backup]

The process of copying one or more files to an alternate location for safekeeping. Typically refers to the copying of Bitcoin's wallet.dat file but may also refer to the built-in JSON API command to perform such a backup.

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How do I backup wallet for first time

I tried to send Crypto to my brand new digital wallet. I was informed I must backup wallet first. How do I back up my digital wallet for first use?
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Should I use one `hsm_secret` for both the mainnet and the testnet?

When I launch lightningd it generates hsm_secret in ~/.lightning/bitcoin whereas launching lightningd with network=testnet generates hsm_secret in ~/.lightning/testnet. These two files seem to be ...
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Access Bitcoin Wallet with private key

3 years ago i bought a little bit of Bitcoin. Today i found the private key of my wallet. But I cant access it, I need these 12 words (backup) I dont have. Why cant I access my Bitcoin Wallet with ...
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Advice on upgrading firmware on Ledger Nano

I have the discontinued Ledger Nano hardware wallet. Ledger have released new firmware for this for SegWit and to allow splitting BCH. To perform the update, you have to wipe your keys and re-create ...
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Is it doable to get the private keys from a Bisq wallet?

I do not mean getting the seed phrase - this I've already backed up. I do not see such a possibility from Bisq's GUI. Is it doable to get the private key of a particular address of a Bisq wallet (much ...
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Bitcoin Core Offline Reinstallation

It is possible to reinstall Bitcoin Core Offline? I copied all the files to my external HDD. I use Ubuntu. Thanks
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How can I get back my bitcoin from a backup folder

I want to restore my bitcoin wallet which backup in 2013, I have the backup folder and a password(not secure words). Anyone know how to do?
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Multibit Private Key Restore

I backed up my private key and restored it into a new copy of Multibit (difference machine). The import was successful but the public key address has not been updated with my previous address. I've ...
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How to create a physical/paper backup for bitcoin-core wallet?

I am using bitcoin-core for my offline storage. In electrum I can do a paper backup by writing down the mnemonics. bitcoin-core seems to be using a different mechanism to generate the wallet. What I ...
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How to share your wallet key/seed in case you are hit by a bus

This very useful answer says: Share overlapping parts of your private-key or seed phrase with several family members with instructions on what to do if you are hit by a bus this afternoon. This ...
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Public Key + Private Key enough to backup?

I invested in bitcoins and unfortunately I have problems to understand the system. Perhaps you can answer me the following questions? 1.a) I know my public and my private key. Do I still have to ...
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Unuseful backup

I know wallet.dat needs to do back up every time after I am going a transaction, 'because the backup will become unuseful. After what else cases do I need to do backup again? What cases do my last ...
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Where is the Mycelium wallet file stored?

I have a fairly straightforward question that's still unanswered after googling for days for a definite answer, I hope you guys can help me out with this one here. Background: I have Mycelium Bitcoin ...
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Lost wallet problem: I have a 240 byte file from a 2013 wallet. Can I access bitcoin with this?

I lost the device with my Android Bitcoin Wallet late 2013. At the time, I had stored a 'wallet backup' file. It has no extension, is 240 bytes, and begins with 'U'. With only that file, is it ...
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View backed up wallet.dat using sqlite browser

I backed up my wallet.dat using the command as mentioned in the api ref: bitcoin-cli -rpcport=18332 -rpcuser=user -rpcpassword=password backupwallet "/bitcoin/backup.dat" I would like to ...
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How do non-deterministic wallets violate the principle of address reuse?

In chapter 5 of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas writes: "The disadvantage of random keys is that if you generate many of them you must keep copies of all of them, meaning that the wallet must be backed up ...
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What does the Bitcoin Core wallet backup do?

I set a password to encrypt my wallet, all good. But I can't seem to backup my wallet. I try and nothing happens. Does the backup function give me keys or the seed words?
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Paper backup of Core descriptor wallet

As I understand it, using dumpwallet for a non-descriptor wallet in Core will give you the wallet seed in WIF format. This seed can then be used with sethdseed in a new wallet, thereby recovering the ...
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Is `wallet.dat` the only file I need to back up? [duplicate]

Can someone verify that the only file I need to backup is the wallet.dat file? For example: let's assume that I am going to move to a new country, and I want to backup my Bitcoin data. I don't want to ...
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What software can I use to calculate my private key from a seed (e.g. Trezor or Ledger)?

I want to make sure I can use my seed from Trezor or Ledger (or others) in a backup process without using an actual Trezor or Ledger to do it. I have to find out my private key. I probably also need ...
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What happens if the Exodus company and servers shut down?

I am reasonably confident about the security of my Exodus wallet, i.e. no one's going to steal my coins (not easily), however I can't get the following around my head... What happens if Exodus and ...
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What happens if I delete wallet.dat?

I have this question, say I have my coins in my local wallet and 1 of 2 things can happen, say I somehow delete the wallet.dat file or some kind of malware deletes the file. I have the password ...
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How to obtain the private key of an Armory wallet?

I have a paper backup, a digital wallet backup and all the passwords: how do I retrieve the private key for a watch-only wallet so I can send some coins out of it (created in armory and imported into, ...
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Where is blockchain located on Mac for Bitcoin-Qt?

I attempted to use Bitcoin-Qt on my PC but it could not handle the Bitcoin blockchain. I therefore decided to give up and to delete the blockchain. Sadly, I cannot find where it is located. I have ...
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How to restore locally a MyWallet backup?

The website blockchain.info has an online wallet system MyWallet which creates backups with a .aes.json extension. While I understand it's a json file encrypted with AES using my passphrase, I'm still ...
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In a multisig wallet setup what needs to be backed up and why?

In a multisig wallet setup what needs to be backed up and why?
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One seed phrase created two wallets with two script types

I have a wallet on blockchain.com and it is saved with the backup phrase. Due to issues I was not able to buy anything there, so I created an account at coinbase. This lead to the usage of coinbase ...
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Cannot open wallet dump file (code-8)

Does anyone know why I can't dump info into a text file? It also doesn't allow me to back up my wallet. i am using SNAP
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Permission denied when attempting to backup wallet using backupwallet

When I call bitcoin@raspberrypi:~ $ bitcoin-cli backupwallet "backup.dat", I get the following error: error code: -4 error message: Error: Wallet backup failed! ~/.bitcoin/debug.log shows ...
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Does a Bitcoin Core wallet backup cover receiving addresses?

I have a Bitcoin Core wallet installed on my computer (from https://bitcoin.org/en/download). When I create a backup, will it also back up my receiving addresses? For example, I have give my address ...
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bitcoin-qt "backup wallet" vs copying wallet.dat

I am new to bitcoin, I wander what are the differences, and pros/cons (if any) between the file generated by bitcoin-qt when clicking on "backup wallet" vs copying the file "wallet.dat&...
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What's the easiest way to create a backup node?

My node recently had a data corruption and I had to re-sync it which was painful. Presuming I don't use the node as a wallet, what's the easiest way to have a backup with the fully sync'd blockchain? ...
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How to configure the official bitcoin client to conveniently use offline wallets?

This is a follow up question to "How can I keep my wallet secure?" Is there a portable (at least Win32&64/Linux) to configure the official bitcoin client to use only offline wallets to be ...
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is it safe to share the indexes folder between computers?

my understsanding is the indexes folder is created if you have tindex set to 1 and want to keep an index of all transactions. all of the material i've seen (bitcoin core documentation, on this site, ...
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Does restoring wallet.dat require the same paths and configs in servers?

I have a Bitcoin core server (Server 1) which is working well. Now I am testing backing up and restoring its wallet on a new server (Server 2). Imagine that the server 1 has these configs: ...
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How can I keep my wallet secure?

The standard Bitcoin client does not encrypt wallet files, so any malicious user that gains access to this file will be able to transfer all the coins to their own wallet. Furthermore, if I lose the ...
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Backup of a bitcoind wallet using the extended private masterkey only

If I understand correctly, bitcoind makes use of a extended private masterkey in order to deterministically generate private/public keys for a wallet. Using the dumpwallet command, I'm able to get ...
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Backing up Bitcoin using only private keys?

So I'm really new to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and I don't truly understand realtion between Bitcoin private and public key, and address! I understand that for every private key, there is a ...
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Estate planning: how can I ensure my bitcoins are inheritable?

What are good ways to ensure my bitcoins can be inherited by my family when I die or become permanently incapacitated? I think there are probably two significantly different situations to account for,...
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How can I restore my wallet?

I just purchased a new laptop and I want to decommission my old one. I have a back-up of my wallet.dat file copied to my new PC. What do I need to do to restore it to my Bitcoin (Windows) client? ...
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How to migrate bitcoin node from one computer to another

In my old computer some addresses have bitcoin and it is showing on blockchain. When i am trying to get balance of the same addresses in my new computer where i have synced bitcoin full node ,I ...
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How do I restore a Lightning Node with active channels that has crashed causing data loss? Is it similar to restoring a Bitcoin wallet?

If my lightning node crashes after receiving payments (but before I have closed the channel) can I recover my funds? What happens if I do not have backups of all the channel updates? Is the ...
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How to sync my backed up wallet?

I backed up my wallet from computer A. restored the backup on computer B. then I spent some amount of bitcoin from computer A. Now my restored wallet on computer B shows the old balance which is ...
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Cannot recover my wallet [duplicate]

I have an Android backup that I am sure I am using the right password. I have exported the file, and trying to decrypt it with openssl: openssl enc -d -aes-256-cbc -md md5 -a -in ./...
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Question regarding LN node backups

I have LN node running on c-lightning. I am performing ~/.lightning dir backups time-to-time. Let's say after backup i open few new channels and withdraw rest of onchain funds to my electrum. Then i ...
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How to migrate lightning nodes?

I am wondering what steps to take to migrate a lighting node to a different server, keeping the pubkey/identity. The safest option is obviously to close the channels first. How is the identitiy pubkey ...
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How do I backup my wallet with bitcoin-cli over RPC?

hendry@knuckles ~ $ bitcoin-cli backupwallet /home/hendry/backup.dat error code: -1 error message: boost::filesystem::status: Permission denied: "/home/hendry/backup.dat" Reddit couldn't help me ...
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Restore backup wallet

In the app "Bitcoin wallet" from " bitcoin wallet developers" you can choose to backup your wallet. It will store this backup on your sd-card. But how can you restore it on another phone? I saved the ...
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Can I log-in to my wallet on new PC using just my wallet number and passphrase? [closed]

I was into bitcoin years back. I just stumbled upon my wallet number and passphrase. Can I use these info and sort of log-in using any client I can download online?
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Software wallets and what happen if you break your computer

I've been reading about wallets, web wallets, software wallets, hardware wallets...and there is one question that I could not clear up from other threads: Your bitcoins are stored in the chain. Use ...