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Wallet Import Format is how Bitcoin Core represents private keys outside of the client. Example: 5HueCGU8rMjxEXxiPuD5BDku4MkFqeZyd4dZ1jvhTVqvbTLvyTJ

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Why bitcoin private key WIF format always be started in K or L?

According to https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Wallet_import_format, the bitcoin private wif format key is create by below step. And it says that the compressed wif key always start with 'K' or 'L', this ...
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Correct way to convert a 256-bit private key to WIF?

On the Bitcoin wiki it has steps to convert a private key to WIF. So I tried following these steps in attempt to get the same result. So I took the private key. ...
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Why are compressed private keys typically longer than their uncompressed counterpart?

From what I understood, compressed private keys are supposed to represent the same secret key, stored more efficiently thus taking up less space. I assume 'more efficiently' has to do with secp256k1 ...
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litecoin constants and prefixes

Is there any list of litecoin constants available? Something like Bitcoin list of address prefixes
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How to import a HD wallet from an extended private key

I'd like to export a derived private key from my Electrum HD wallet, and use it as a HD wallet master key in a Mycelium wallet. I used bx to get the key like this (m/2'/0) (where m is the unencrypted ...
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What is the private key format?

I wasn't aware of a private key format, however numerous stackoverflow posts hint towards a formatting of some kind Format of private key Which private key format is this? What encoding or format ...
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Why do we need two different formats of WIF (wallet import format)?

I know that a public key can be compressed. However, a public key and its compressed one have the same private key. Then why do we need two different Wallet import formats for each compressed and ...
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Private key to WIF compressed: which one is correct?

This is how we can find the WIF from a private key: private_key = '000102030405060708090a0b0c0d0e0f101112131415161718191a1b1c1d1e1f' decoded_private_key = bitcoin.decode_privkey(private_key, 'hex') ...
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Format of private key

On this website, we can see that the the private key 1 is written in this format. 5HpHagT65TZzG1PH3CSu63k8DbpvD8s5ip4nEB3kEsreAnchuDf I would like to know what is this format.
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Priv Key with 58 characters to WIF

I have an old paper wallet with Private Keys of 58 characters (all starting with a 6). These can be imported e.g. on blockchain.com, but since I still have BSV on this key, I have to import/sweep it ...
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