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How do I import a private key into Bitcoin-Core?

How do I import a private key into Bitcoin-Qt? bitcoind is nowhere to be found, and pywallet says it requires "bsddb" when I run it, which is also nowhere to be found. I generated some vanity ...
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How do I import private keys from Bitcoin-qt to Multibit client?

Question says it. I spent 20 mins Googling. Saw several links on but amazingly found no solution to this. Am I the first one trying to do this? Note the following are not the ...
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Why might MultiBit not show a transaction that was sent to me? [duplicate]

So i recently bought a bitcoin from a vendor , and i had it sent to my Address in multibit. Now the problem is , the money isn't there and i'm not sure what to do. He told me to get bitcoin (program)...
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Why doc says importing private keys is so dangerous?

There are a lot of applications when someone would like to import a private key. However in wiki documentation they say it is very dangerous: ...
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Why so many warnings about importing private keys? and other products make you read dire (but vague) warnings that "you must be an expert" before you can import private keys. What's that all about?
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Import multiple watch-only addresses using importaddress?

With the importaddress RPC command it is possible to import one watch-only address. But how can I do that with, let's say, 100?
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How do you sweep a paper wallet with Bitcoin-Qt?

Sweeping involves importing a private key, then sending it's entire balance to a new address in your wallet via a new transaction. This would protect your paper wallet's bitcoins from being stolen if ...
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Will I need to keep track of my old private keys forever?

Let's say someone (person A) starts using Bitcoin and in a period of time eagerly publishes some of their randomly generated (eg. by the Satoshi client) receiving Bitcoin addresses on formus, sends ...
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Extract private keys from Bitcoin Wallet

I have encrypted my bitcoin wallet. I know the passphrase, that's not the issue. I want to transfer my bitcoins to but it's asking me for the private key. I cannot find it nor can I ...
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ELI5: How do I import keys from backup into MultiBit 0.5.18

So, is holding my account hostage. My phone with my 2FA was lost (and remotely wiped) and they refuse to remove the 2FA on my account to get access. I have a recent backup of my keys ...
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How do I import to MultiBit from

I have a single password and a yubikey on my account at When I try to import the wallet.aes.json file nothing happens. When I select the import file, MultiBit never displays the '...
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How do you import Block Chain from bitcoincharts?

I went to and downloaded the most recent build. Then I extracted it and was left with BLK0001.dat and BLK0002.dat. What is the next step? I tried replacing the ...
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Importing an arbitrarily created Master Private key to Bitcoin Core

I've created a Master Private key (xpriv) on an airgapped machine along with an Master Public key (xpub). Now I'm running Bitcoind on my Ubuntu server and I want to use my newly created keys on a new ...
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Having trouble transfering private keys from Bitcoin Core to Electrum, for want of not having to wait for sync

This morning, I purchased some bitcoin for the first time on CEX.IO, and soon withdrew it to the Bitcoin Core wallet I had set up. What I did not realise was that I would have to download the ...
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Can Electrum only import private keys of P2PKH addresses?

Can Electrum only import private keys of P2PKH addresses (e.g., "17VZNX1SN5NtKa8UQFxwQbFeFc3iqRYhem")? Whenever I import private keys of P2SH addresses ("...
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How to import an extended public key into bitcoin core 0.16

I exported an xpub key from a HW wallet and want to import it into my own node to keep track of changes to the balance. My node is running satoshi 0.16.1 Can someone help me find the right syntax for ...
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