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Encrypting your wallet. This may take up to several minutes on a slower computer.

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Decrypting the private key. This may take up to several minutes on a slower computer.

 
Open Source JavaScript Wallet Generator Updated March 1, 2014
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Secure wallet generation requires that you provide some "entropy", or random data.
Please move your mouse around and/or type random keystrokes into this box:

 

Welcome! Let's print out a beautiful and secure wallet for your s.

Here's an overview of what will happen, step by step.

Sealed Wallet

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Step 1: Calibrate Printer
Before printing out a wallet you'll need to "calibrate" your output using the zoom and horizontal shift adjustments to accommodate your particular browser / printer combination. Without adjustment, your wallet may print out too small or with a misaligned reverse side.


Step 2: Print Front
Next you will print out the front side of your wallet. A public address and private key will automatically be generated, or you can supply your own key by rolling dice, shuffling cards, etc. You may also duplicate an existing paper wallet or provide a "vanity" address if you have one. If you are printing several wallets, it's possible to print two per page.


Step 3: Print Back
You will put the same page back in your printer (but flipped over) to print out the back side of your wallet. This isn't just for good looks: the back side design includes additional tamper-resistant safeguards.


Step 4: Cut, Fold, Seal & Fund
Find your scissors! The final step is to cut out your wallet, fold it, and seal it with tamper-evident hologram stickers or at least opaque (light-blocking) tape. Now you're ready to transfer funds from your online holdings to your new wallet.


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The calibration step helps line up the front and back sides of your printout. Print out this page in LANDSCAPE (wide) format. Based on the results, adjust the "zoom" and "horizontal shift" until your printed ruler (1) approximates a real ruler, and (2) is horizontally centered, leaving approximately equal margins on the left and right sides of the page.

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About "BIP38" Encryption

The advantage to encrypting your paper wallet is that if your paper wallet is stolen or otherwise exposed, the balance on the wallet is safe unless the passphrase used to encrypt the wallet is guessed. However, if you encrypt your private key with BIP38 and you lose your passphrase, it will be impossible for you to recover the funds you have sent to this wallet.

Also, note that not many wallet applications or web services are able to import BIP38 private keys. In this case, you will have to use the "Validate" feature on this webpage to extract the unencrypted Wallet Import Format (WIF) key as an intermediate step before sweeping the balance.

WARNING: Before sending any funds to a BIP38-encrypted wallet, first do a test make sure you are able to decrypt the printed private key back to ordinary WIF format.

In short, if you do not have a strong understanding of the BIP38 encryption and decryption workflow, click cancel, print your paper wallet out without encryption, and keep it safe the same way you would jewels or cash.

Print Wallet Front

Reload the front page into your printer first. Note: The back design is intentionally larger than the front side. (Use the front side as your guide when cutting to trim off the excess.)

Print Wallet Back

 

How to cut & fold your 2-sided wallet:

Folding Diagram

Sample Wallet

Sealed Wallet
Cut out your wallet using the dotted lines on the front as a guide, not the back! Note that the design on the back side is intentionally larger than the front side so that back design will "bleed" to the edges even if your front and back sides are misaligned up to 1cm.

Now fold the more narrow private key area in half, and then over again as indicated by the dotted lines in this diagram. The unusual "butterfly" shape can be a bit of a pain to cut out, but it's essential to keep your private key safe.


The final wallet will be a rectangle shape with the more narrow private key area folded over it.

Seal your wallet by placing two strips of sturdy light-blocking tape over the top and bottom edges of the private (folded) area. A zip-seal bag will keep it safe from moisture (especially important for inkjet prints.)

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How to add funds to your wallet:

Send s to the address (or QR code) where your wallet says "PUBLIC ADDRESS".

How to withdraw funds from your wallet:

You should expect to withdraw the entire balance of the wallet by importing it (or "sweeping" it) to a live wallet, e.g. a Bitcoin wallet application or online service like blockchain.info or coinbase.com.

If you elected to BIP38-encrypt your wallet, you may need to recover your unencrypted WIF "Wallet Import Format" private key by using the "validate" tab on this web page.

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Validate or decrypt private key

Enter or scan any private key into this form to display all available details in various formats. If your private key decodes properly, then you have verified that you should be able to retrieve any funds sent to that wallet. This should work for private keys generated by BitcoinPaperWallet.com as well as any other Bitcoin service.

For example, if you have a wallet encrypted with a BIP38 passphrase, you can use this form to decrypt your private key and retrieve the standard Wallet Import Format (WIF) key suitable for wallet software and services that don't directly support BIP38 importing.

You may also enter a passphrase (or "brain wallet") to see the corresponding SHA256 hashed keys.

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Scan QR code using your camera

Sorry, but your web browser does not support the HTML5 camera controls. Try using a recent version of Firefox (recommended), Chrome or Opera.

Permission denied. Your browser should display a message requesting access to your camera. Please click the "Allow" button to enable the camera.

If you are using Chrome and you launched this generator by opening the HTML file from your own computer "locally", you may need to launch Chrome from the command line and specify the --allow-file-access-from-files flag. Or you can set up a local web server (Apache) and run this generator via http://127.0.0.1... or, give up and just use Firefox.


This "6P..." private key is BIP38-encrypted.

Public and private details for:

Use the Public Address to receive funds or check your balance online. The Private Key WIF is a code that needs to be keep secret since it can be used to spend any funds that have been sent to the corresponding public key. Keys can be encoded in a number of different formats. The most popular encoding formats (WIF, WIFC, HEX, B64) are shown below.
Public Address
Address Compressed Format


Public Key (130 characters [0-9A-F]):
Public Key (compressed, 66 characters [0-9A-F]):

Private Key WIF
51 characters base58, starts with a
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Private Key WIF Compressed
52 characters base58, starts with a
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Private Key Hexadecimal Format (64 characters [0-9A-F]):
Private Key Base64 (44 characters):