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May 31, 2017, 05:36:07 PM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses or which itself allows to generate vanity addresses by means of particular patterns?

The only one I know and tried so far is Multibit HD which does not allow importing addresses as far as I know. That's why I still need to use Multibit Classic for some use cases.



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May 31, 2017, 07:22:35 PM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses or which itself allows to generate vanity addresses by means of particular patterns?

The only one I know and tried so far is Multibit HD which does not allow importing addresses as far as I know. That's why I still need to use Multibit Classic for some use cases.

I don't think any HD wallet supports importing addresses in way the new address to be backed up by the original seed. This is against the HD principles.
Nevertheless e.g. electrum allows importing addresses ( but then you need to backup also the wallet file, not just the seed).



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May 31, 2017, 10:21:00 PM
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What is an HD address ?
Do I need one ?

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May 31, 2017, 10:50:41 PM
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What is an HD address ?
Do I need one ?

not address but HD WALLET (Deterministic wallet ) .. google it
This type of wallet gives you a seed (set of words) which is full backup of this wallet ( including any further generated address )   ... it's a great thing and likely you already using it.

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May 31, 2017, 11:00:21 PM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses
Im big fan of vanity addressed. Only wallet that  i know that allows it is Electrum.
You can import your vanity address private key without problems Smiley

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May 31, 2017, 11:15:18 PM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses
Im big fan of vanity addressed. Only wallet that  i know that allows it is Electrum.
You can import your vanity address private key without problems Smiley

Not in the newest version, where HD and individual key wallets have been split (i.e. when loading a wallet containing both types of keys it gets split into two separate wallet files). You can only sweep into a standard wallet currently.

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June 06, 2017, 07:30:51 PM
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What is an HD address ?
Do I need one ?

not address but HD WALLET (Deterministic wallet ) .. google it
This type of wallet gives you a seed (set of words) which is full backup of this wallet ( including any further generated address )   ... it's a great thing and likely you already using it.

Oh yes like a passphrase ? Indiesquare has that and so do those eth wallet. Thanks for the answer.  I thought it might ba another kind of wallet since all I know is normal starting with 1 and multi starting with 3.

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June 07, 2017, 04:00:05 AM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses
These two things are essentially mutually exclusive... you cannot import private keys into an HD wallet. The whole point of an HD wallet is that all the addresses in it are derived from the seed.

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or which itself allows to generate vanity addresses by means of particular patterns?
This is theoretically possible... but because the wallet would have to start generating addresses from the seed to try and match the desired "vanity" tag, the search space becomes limited and the time required to find a matching addresses would be increased. Most likely rendering the entire process very lengthy and uneconomic.

Given that a vanity tags longer than 6 characters take hours/days of searching to find... and then you restrict the search to a specific sequence of addresses being generated... you're going to be crunching addresses for quite a while trying to find what you want. Undecided

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June 07, 2017, 04:07:03 AM
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I am looking for a Bitcoin HD Wallet which either allows to import existing vanity addresses
These two things are essentially mutually exclusive... you cannot import private keys into an HD wallet. The whole point of an HD wallet is that all the addresses in it are derived from the seed.

the more accurate statement is you can not import a private key into an already existing wallet file. and it is specific to Electrum (possibly others too). and it is there to prevent confusion for newbies that the existing HD wallet can only recover your private keys that were created with the seed not the imported one.

however you can easily create a new wallet file and instead of generating a seed, import the private keys.
read the details of how to here: http://docs.electrum.org/en/latest/faq.html#can-i-import-private-keys-from-other-bitcoin-clients

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June 07, 2017, 04:19:15 AM
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however you can easily create a new wallet file and instead of generating a seed, import the private keys.
read the details of how to here: http://docs.electrum.org/en/latest/faq.html#can-i-import-private-keys-from-other-bitcoin-clients
Which isn't an HD wallet. Roll Eyes

Like I said, you cannot import private keys into an HD wallet... if you create a wallet file in Electrum that isn't built from a seed... then that isn't an HD wallet. It is just a keystore of essentially "random" private keys.

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