Questions tagged [private-key]

This tag should be used for questions pertaining to private keys. Private keys are used for signing transactions and allow the holder of the private key to spend the Bitcoin associated with the address derived from the private key.

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What will be the impact of Pegasus spyware on cryptocurrencies? [closed]

A few days ago, I asked a question about the servers being infected with a virus, and my question was closed. In less than a few days, all the media is talking about a spyware called Pegasus. The ...
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recovering private key with random hex [closed]

here is my script to generate random hex string i want to convert it on public key compressed and uncompressed as soon as it find the targeted public address it should print it in a text file with ...
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`getdescriptorinfo` for private key

Public key: bitcoin-cli getdescriptorinfo "wpkh(027fda10f37e6c637a1cfeba2cbada86de36f28e63d4ded9e1314117739f6419a9)" { "descriptor": "wpkh(...
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how to convert WIF key return to HEX format

any one knows how to convert WIF key return to hex format please also let me know if the private key is out side range of ecc then how to import it to some wallet ?
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Why can't bitcoin be stolen in the following manner? [duplicate]

Assume I'm a miner. I would have the complete UTXO set with me. Let us say I try generating random keys and hash the public keys generated and compare it with the utxo set until I find a match. When I ...
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Are Satoshi's satoshis less secure than they should be?

So, Satoshi mined a bunch of BTC early on (but not in a "pre-mine" way), and has not moved them ever since. Doesn't that mean that his coins thus uses the very earliest "format", ...
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If hacker get my 24-word-recovery-phrase in random order, how long will it take to get my private key?

I am considering splitting my private key into two parts. One is 24 words in random order, the other is a paper with order (numbers from 1 to 24). If someone gets the paper with 24 words writing on it ...
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Creating multiple bitcoin receipt wallet

Suppose I want to send 10 000 sats to 10 different "receipt" address so that I own the 10 private keys associated with these addresses and can distribute them, the fact that the receiver ...
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I have reinstalled my PC and lost BitcoinCore, still have the Private Key, can i get my Wallet back?

so i have reinstalled my PC a few years ago and lost my BitcoinCore Wallet, i still have the PrivateKey.. is there someway to get the Wallet back?
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How to sync AirGap Vault with its Wallet

How long does it take to sync AirGap Vault/Wallet together and does the syncing process require internet? And is it possible to sync Airgap Vault with electrum wallet?
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Am I being scammed from Forex-Billionaires.com? [duplicate]

Has anyone used Forex-Billionaires.com? I invested in BTC and am now trying to get a withdrawal. I gave them my CashApp wallet address but now they are saying I have to let them generate a private key ...
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Why does a WIF include the network?

When creating a WIF from a private key, you have to insert a special byte at the beginning of the hex string, before starting hashing and adding the checksum: 0x80 for the MainNet or 0xef for the ...
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Is it possible to find additional key pairs resulting in the same address that I already control?

I'm not really well versed in the necessary terminology to get the answer I need from searching. As I understand, there are 2^160 possible addresses, and 2^256 possible private keys, so each address ...
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What exactly is “privatekeys.pw”?

Today, I stumbled upon this bizarre website: https://privatekeys.pw/ Bitcoin Private Keys Directory The FAQ makes no sense at all and doesn't explain what it is about whatsoever. What could they be ...
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How do I get my Bitcoin private keys from app.thorswap.finance which is a native BTC cross chain swapping system?

I'm testing out app.thorswap.finance for native bitcoin. Supposedly Thorchain is a cross chain swapping service with no centralized parties. Going to the app, I generated a keystore file and it comes ...
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Can you get the seed phrase of a HD wallet from the private key of one of the wallets?

Let us say I have a HD wallet. Can I get it’s seed phrase from the private key of one of its wallets? Also are seed phrases just easy to remember private keys? If so does that mean that from the seed ...
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How do you generate a Bitcoin wallet by hand?

I am interested in the exact process for generating the various components of a Bitcoin wallet by hand. Specifically, the components I'm interested in are: Private Key Public Key Public Key Hash ...
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public key from private key math

Please guide me if following is the actual math to drive public key from a private key then how would this apply to generate public key from private key 1 please guide me step by step Private keys and ...
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How many bytes of entropy are recommended for seeding a mnemonic phrase?

If I wanted to generate a 12 word mnemonic, how many additional bytes of entropy is recommended I use?
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Python Code - import error : cannot import name “privtopub” from 'bitcoin'

Hello everyone when I start this code on PYCHARM looks like no problem. But when I turned this code from python to exe and exe don't start and it says: import error: cannot import name "...
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how to see my private key bye decrypted wallet.dat [closed]

How to decrypted my wallet.dat (Yes, I know the password) so i can see my private key? if anyone can help there is 1 LTC for them
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how do i brute force my wallet.dat to get my private key

i am not really a computer programmer, but i want to get my private key from my wallet.dat, i have just the wallet.dat file and the public address where the bitcion was send. From my previous ...
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I bought bitcoin years ago and now the website that I bought from is unavailable!

I bought bitcoin years ago and now the website that I bought from is unavailable! I only have a key that I don't even know whether it's a public key or a private key or some useless key generated by ...
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How do nodes contribute to security when the power comes from mining and what is the chain of transaction validation?

Blockchain security comes from the decentralisation of hashing power by miners. They append transactions to a block, perform PoW and add them to the blockchain when that validate blocks. How do nodes ...
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Private key of 44 chars? (old Blockchain.info wallet)

I'm trying to sweep some coins from an old (blockchain.info) wallet. I decoded the wallet I have and it gave a private key as a 44 char alphanumeric string starting with 9. This doesn't seem to be a ...
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Safe way to create a mnemonic and address in golang

I have been looking over internet in the different repos of btcsuite but had no luck in finding a way to generate a 12 word mnemonic and convert this to an address using the go language. It needs also ...
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How do I restore the public key?

Let say, I create wallet and have two public key and one private key. And I remove the first public key from the wallet. Can I restore and use my first key again? Or it's removed at all. Sorry for the ...
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Is brute forcing a private key with unspent coins getting easier?

Is the likelihood of correctly guessing a private key with unspent coins increasing due to: More addresses being used resulting in more private keys with unspent coins (i.e. higher chance that a ...
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Can Bitcoin be recovered from a child key alone?

I have a question regarding BIP-32 and keys. Imagine a scenario in which a user creates a new Bitcoin wallet with a seed phrase. He then generates a new address and sends 1 BTC to this address. Under ...
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Is it possible that malicious bitcoin wallet providers provide pre-generated private-keys for users?

We trust wallets like Ledger, Trezor, and etc. We believe the math that the randomly generated private keys are safe. But could it be possible that the private keys you thought are “generated” are ...
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How do many public keys correspond to one private key?

I have read online that hardware wallets can generate new public keys to facilitate transactions. Ie if someone has BTC on an exchange and they want to send that BTC in different installments to a ...
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Storing private keys in cloud providers enviroment variables

Is it ok to store private keys in cloud provider (such as AWS, Firebase) secrets (enviroment variables) in cloud functions (such as lambdas or firebase cloud functions)? I understand I would be ...
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Generate BTC Compressed Address

The below code generate uncompressed address with and the Private key for this uncompressed address. How to generate compressed address with it's private key ? I know there is packages like bitcoin ...
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How Create Bitcoin wallet from a private key works?

I'm trying to understand how i can create a pair of bitcoin private key and public key with : https://github.com/Destiner/blocksmith for example : import blocksmith kg = blocksmith.KeyGenerator() ...
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Bitcoin creating wallet without seeing private key

I would like to create a Bitcoin paper wallet for a friend. However, I know that I should not have the private key as well. Is it possible to create a wallet but where I only have the public key and ...
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Does the protocol ensure that pair keys wallet are unique? [duplicate]

What mechanism for proof unique pair keys (public key and private key) when creating a wallet with several sources(such as "wallet.btc.com", "wallet.bitcoin.com", "www....
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Retrieve all Unspend Output given a priv key

Is it possible to retrieve all Unspend Output transaction given the private key? I have noticed that different wallet give me different balance for the same Private Key. For instance, Atom and BitPay ...
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how to recover private key

Dear friends, i recently came up watching a video called ECC backdoor, it state that if you know the exact number of steps taken by generator point you can recover your private key. can anyone tell me ...
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Retrieving a WIF bits private key

Suppose I have a Wif private key from Electrum 4.0.9: L2pt3eVopnxfBBvMwrJV2saZeAyQfF77UQSH5WGj5q9LBS6WWBmN ( this one or the other generated from the seed is non used of course ) with a corresponding ...
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How are a private key and a seed phrase related?

Is it a 1-to-1 relationship? If so, does that mean they are interchangeable? Can I then store just one of them and derive the other when needed?
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Cryptocurrency Wallet 3rd party access

Do Crypto wallets such as Exodus etc have something like an API? For example is it possible to perform a cryptocurrency transaction directly from the web browser client (using the specified amount and ...
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Is it possible to send Bitcoin without the passphrase to the wallet?

I’ve been getting back into cryptocurrency lately, and I’ve found one of my old wallet.dat files with a very small amount of BTC. Unfortunately, I created a random password of characters and put it ...
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Python: Why the addresses and keys generated by pywallet and bip32utils using the same 12 mnemonic words don't match?

I tried to generate wallets by using pywallet and bip32utils (Python). But I noted that the addresses/keys of the 2 wallets, namely wallet_pywallet and wallet_bip39 don't match with each other. I ...
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I lost my 12 or 24 words to my bitcoin wallet. I just have my password

I lost my 12 or 24 words to my bitcoin wallet. I just have my password. How can I get them back? Is there a software or a website where I can enter my password and get my asset back?
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How to correctly create and import a SegWit paper wallet

I use Bitcoin Core to create SegWit paper wallets for friends and family. After creating the wallet via the GUI, the steps I take are as follows: getnewaddress # Carry this public key back to the ...
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Safest way of long term holding

I am considering holding Bitcoin for the long term. I have learned a few basics about the blockchain and BTC mechanisms, but still unable to find a complete guide on how to safely store bitcoin. How ...
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Spending transaction output with only xpriv key

Is it possible to spend a P2WPKH transaction output, with only knowing the xpriv key and not knowing the specific private key that corresponds to the public key of the transaction?
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Coinbase missing Bitcoin [duplicate]

So someone sent me Bitcoin cash but the sender did not tell me it was Bitcoin cash. So I sent a Bitcoin address. I use Coinbase. Is my money lost? I can’t seem to get a private key or a public key ...
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How Can I import Multibit Private Key into Electrum or Blockchain.com

I am having trouble importing a multibit private key into electrum and blockchaing.com. The key is declared invalid. the key looks like this U2FsdGVkX1+vNknxxxxxxxxxxxxxxU/KiWdlFKlBCv0y613C+...
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Verify that WIF corresponds with bip32 extended public key

I have a bip38 encrypted private key that I lost the password to, and I have its corresponding extended public key. I want to brute force passwords as I have an idea of what it might be, but I need to ...

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