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March 13, 2016, 08:10:12 AM
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Is that possible?
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March 13, 2016, 08:35:35 AM
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Is that possible?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't we already have one (electrum and some other lightweight wallets)?
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March 13, 2016, 08:40:43 AM
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Is that possible?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't we already have one (electrum and some other lightweight wallets)?

you are correct.
they are called SPV wallets. these wallets (like Electrum) download only the blockchain headers (it is ~40 MB for Electrum) and connect to dedicated servers which are running a full node and receive / send information from them.

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March 13, 2016, 08:55:07 AM
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Yes definitely possible.
Here you go buddy.
https://bitcoin.org/en/choose-your-wallet


Click desktop, choose between Windows, Mac and Linux.
Then go for wallets with simplified validation like Electrum, Mulbit and Bither.That's it.
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March 13, 2016, 09:00:55 AM
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Is that possible?

All the wallets expect Bitcoin Core & Armory (only one that require downloading the blockchain) as far as I know .

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March 13, 2016, 11:17:20 AM
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There are a few dedsktop wallets like that a simple google search will find you one, obviously be carefull when selecting one.
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March 13, 2016, 11:20:53 AM
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When you choose a wallet, try some one where you can:
- save your priv key.
- you can sign / valid a message

then read carefully how to make a backup of your keys.
and let's go!

(I use multibit)


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March 13, 2016, 11:26:01 AM
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Thank you for all the replies
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March 13, 2016, 12:41:33 PM
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As far as i know, there are three wallets which can be used without downloading the entire block chain.

1- Electrum
2- Multibit
3- Bither

If i happen to find another i will let you know.  Smiley
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March 13, 2016, 12:49:37 PM
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Electrum is one of the best I think.
It is very lightweight and easy to use.

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March 13, 2016, 03:06:23 PM
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Is this :              https://electrum.org/#home            the official wbsite where I can safely download Electrum?  Smiley
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March 13, 2016, 03:59:57 PM
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Is this :              https://electrum.org/#home            the official wbsite where I can safely download Electrum?  Smiley
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Yes, thats the official electrum page. They have signed checksums of all downloads, so you can verify that way.
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March 13, 2016, 04:09:51 PM
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Electrum is one of the most well known wallets that behaves like this.
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March 13, 2016, 11:54:56 PM
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Yeah, Electrum is pretty much the way to go for something lie this. Of course, if you need more security (storing your life savings :/) I would go for a different client.
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March 14, 2016, 12:00:45 AM
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If I remember Electrum was the best lightweight and secure wallet, while Multibit was the best wallet that you would be able to quickly send and receive Bitcoin with.

If I remember correctly, didn't the Electrum devs stop working on their wallet a while ago?
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March 14, 2016, 03:02:29 AM
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If I remember Electrum was the best lightweight and secure wallet, while Multibit was the best wallet that you would be able to quickly send and receive Bitcoin with.

If I remember correctly, didn't the Electrum devs stop working on their wallet a while ago?

Nope, it is still being updated, the newest version which was just released is 6.0.2 if I am not mistaken and Electrum is according to me the best wallet for desktop whether it be security wise, ease of use or storage.

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March 14, 2016, 03:28:30 AM
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I use Multibit, but Electrum is also a good choice.
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March 16, 2016, 06:43:39 PM
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There are few, Electrum does not need the whole block "much less than the days needed for bitcoin core" the same for Multibit, The only one needing days to sync right now is Core itself as far as I know.

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March 16, 2016, 06:58:31 PM
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Personally I prefer MultiBit although Electrum is very good too (matter of taste).

If you don't have a good Internet connection (like me) or don't have much patience you can use them.
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March 16, 2016, 07:02:44 PM
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are people living under a rock, you can run core with prune mode, problem solved, no more nearly 70gb of data to download, no need to run an spv client
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