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January 21, 2018, 07:50:55 AM
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Hi guys, first post. Hopefully it's in the right spot.

I've finally found the key out of a very old wallet.dat file I had. It's 32 digits long however and starts with a 0 (zero).
Anyone got any ideas how I can get it to the WIF format?

I think there's about 30-40 BTC on the line.


Thanks in advance for any help.
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January 21, 2018, 09:19:06 AM
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It should be 64 digits (0-9 or A-F hexadecimal) or 32 bytes.

For instance, here's the "bitcoin is awesome" brain wallet in hexadecimal

23D4A09295BE678B21A5F1DCEAE1F634A69C1B41775F680EBF8165266471401B

To get it in WIF format, you can use an offline version of https://www.bitaddress.org/

Click download under the donation link, put it on a thumbdrive, take it to a computer with no internet access. (Preferably one where internet access can be hardware disabled.) Unzip it, double click bitaddress.org.html.

Click "Wallet Details". In "Enter Private key", type your digits. Click "View Details". It will give you a public and private key in various formats. Go to a different computer with online access. (Or use your phone) and verify the public address given has the balance you are expecting.

In the case of "bitcoin is awesome", its public address (listed under the "Bitcoin Address" and a QR code on the left) is: 14NWDXkQwcGN1Pd9fboL8npVynD5SfyJAE

You can append the public address to this url: https://blockchain.info/address/
Like this:
https://blockchain.info/address/14NWDXkQwcGN1Pd9fboL8npVynD5SfyJAE

To check its transactions. If it is the proper wallet with the balance you expect, write down the private key from it in WIF format from bitaddress.org. For "bitcoin is awesome" it's: 5J64pq77XjeacCezwmAr2V1s7snvvJkuAz8sENxw7xCkikceV6e
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January 21, 2018, 09:33:52 AM
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You are making some confusions... it can NOT have 32 digits. Try: https://www.walletsos.org/
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January 22, 2018, 06:01:42 PM
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Hi guys, first post. Hopefully it's in the right spot.

I've finally found the key out of a very old wallet.dat file I had. It's 32 digits long however and starts with a 0 (zero).
Anyone got any ideas how I can get it to the WIF format?

I think there's about 30-40 BTC on the line.


Thanks in advance for any help.

What wallet are you trying to use? Wondering why you want it specifically in WIF Format.
You could always get the private key and use it practically anywhere.
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