Exporting Private Key from Bitcoin Clients

Exporting Private Key from Bitcoin Clients

The private keys required are in the so called wallet import format (wif), they usually start with a 5.

Her is, how you export your private keys in the most common bitcoin clients/wallets:

Bitcoin-QT

For Bitcoin-qt, we first need to access the console via the menu bar:

Bitcoin-qt console

After that we can unlock the wallet with the passphrase and extract the private key with:

walletpassphrase <passphrase> 9999
dumpprivatekey <bitcoinaddress>

Blockchain.info

The advanced settings of blockchain.info offer to export an unencrypted version of the private key:

Blockchain.info

Electrum

In Electrum we need to go through the menu:

Wallet -> Private Keys -> Export

There you can identify your private key.

Electrum

Armory

For armory users, the private key can be located by double-clicking your wallet in the Armory main window, click “Backup this wallet”, select “Export Key Lists” and click the button of the same name. After having supplied your password, you’ll be presented with your private key in different encodings. You can remove all checkboxes, except “Private Key (Plain Base58)”. Check the “Omit spaces in key data” box. Now select the key string and copy it to the clipboard.

Armory