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August 11, 2011, 10:17:22 PM
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Looking to back up the wallet.dat file but can't find the file path in Lion...anybody know the answer?

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August 11, 2011, 10:36:46 PM
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I believe it's ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/

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August 12, 2011, 10:38:13 AM
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I believe it's ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/

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Should anyone wish to know the location for the other platforms as well:
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory

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August 12, 2011, 02:42:47 PM
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I believe it's ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/

Yes.

Should anyone wish to know the location for the other platforms as well:
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Data_directory

We couldn't find this path on the new Lion OS. Any suggestions?
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August 14, 2011, 05:47:21 AM
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I haven't used Lion yet, but I recall reading that one of the changes that it introduced is hiding the Library folder in your home directory by default. That's probably why you're not finding your wallet.dat. Try googling up instructions for un-hiding the Library folder, and then you'll probably be able to find your wallet file.
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August 14, 2011, 01:56:38 PM
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... Another idea is to symbolic link the debug.log to /dev/null to save even more GBs of uselessness by sending it straight to the bit bucket of non-existance.

This file is 2,5 mb.
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March 10, 2012, 09:44:54 PM
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MAC HD>USERS>USER>LIBRARY>APPLICATION SUPPORT>BITCOIN

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March 11, 2012, 01:29:41 AM
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Looking to back up the wallet.dat file but can't find the file path in Lion...anybody know the answer?
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July 26, 2012, 03:54:33 PM
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Heya Trader Steve,
The location of ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/ is correct. Lion does hide this directory in a weird way, but to access it, simply do this:

1.) Click the Finder icon on the dock
2.) press Command+SHIFT+"G" to "Go to the folder"
3.) Input "~/Library" and hit RETURN.

This will bring you into your logged-in user's Library folder. From there you can navigate to Application Support -> Bitcoin.

hope this helps!
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July 26, 2012, 06:56:09 PM
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Heya Trader Steve,
The location of ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/ is correct. Lion does hide this directory in a weird way, but to access it, simply do this:

1.) Click the Finder icon on the dock
2.) press Command+SHIFT+"G" to "Go to the folder"
3.) Input "~/Library" and hit RETURN.

This will bring you into your logged-in user's Library folder. From there you can navigate to Application Support -> Bitcoin.

hope this helps!
-Robert

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November 20, 2012, 02:25:50 PM
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Heya Trader Steve,
The location of ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/ is correct. Lion does hide this directory in a weird way, but to access it, simply do this:

1.) Click the Finder icon on the dock
2.) press Command+SHIFT+"G" to "Go to the folder"
3.) Input "~/Library" and hit RETURN.

This will bring you into your logged-in user's Library folder. From there you can navigate to Application Support -> Bitcoin.

hope this helps!
-Robert

your about 11 months too late Smiley

But still very useful for me having just found this thread from Google search, could someone now explain in simple terms how to open the wallet.dat file, ie with what application to use I guess as just clicking on it seems to try to open it in a music or video playing app which won't work for this, many thanks.

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November 20, 2012, 02:32:21 PM
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Heya Trader Steve,
The location of ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/ is correct. Lion does hide this directory in a weird way, but to access it, simply do this:

1.) Click the Finder icon on the dock
2.) press Command+SHIFT+"G" to "Go to the folder"
3.) Input "~/Library" and hit RETURN.

This will bring you into your logged-in user's Library folder. From there you can navigate to Application Support -> Bitcoin.

hope this helps!
-Robert

your about 11 months too late Smiley

But still very useful for me having just found this thread from Google search, could someone now explain in simple terms how to open the wallet.dat file, ie with what application to use I guess as just clicking on it seems to try to open it in a music or video playing app which won't work for this, many thanks.

You don't open the wallet.dat, let bitcoin open it from the .bittcoin/ folder.

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November 20, 2012, 03:07:03 PM
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um, you mean let the client wallet open it? Is there no way to see what the private keys are that are stored in the wallet.dat file or it always needs to be opened via the client & if so can one see the private keys on the client? Many thanks for the quick reply.

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November 20, 2012, 08:00:01 PM
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um, you mean let the client wallet open it? Is there no way to see what the private keys are that are stored in the wallet.dat file or it always needs to be opened via the client & if so can one see the private keys on the client? Many thanks for the quick reply.

If you want to see them you can use the RPC command window and use dumpriv or you can use pywallet, the wallet.dat isn't readable thru any other means.

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November 20, 2012, 08:43:44 PM
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um, you mean let the client wallet open it? Is there no way to see what the private keys are that are stored in the wallet.dat file or it always needs to be opened via the client & if so can one see the private keys on the client? Many thanks for the quick reply.

If you want to see them you can use the RPC command window and use dumpriv or you can use pywallet, the wallet.dat isn't readable thru any other means.

Ah OK many thanks that explains why I haven't been able to get to them as yet, I shall look in to those options & try to learn how to work them - I'm really only used to blockchain.info wallet where one can see the private keys & export them easily without needing high tech knowledge, mostly I want to find this out for use with the litecoin client wallet where there aren't alternatives atm otherwise I probably wouldn't bother.

I guess that maybe it would be simpler for me to just duplicate the whole client wallet in order to back it up but I prefer to know the actual private keys to the addresses where I place funds though the client wallet will just create new addresses & move change to them if you use it which I wish could be disabled by choice, anyway interesting to learn a little more of how it all works.

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