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March 24, 2020, 08:51:46 PM
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Found a stack of wallets from 2014, but I have no idea what coins they relate to (the fact that they aren't labelled probably means they are garbage though). Any painless ways of identifying these crypto's from the wallet.dat files alone? 
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March 25, 2020, 10:01:33 AM
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Surely someone has resolved this issue before.
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March 25, 2020, 10:18:17 AM
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I personally cannot help because I lack the necessary knowledge, but this may help you out: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/19589/how-to-determine-what-type-of-coins-a-wallet-dat-contains

I believe you need Linux to run pywallet though. I'd rather run it on an offline Live Linux CD to minimize risks.

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March 25, 2020, 06:01:51 PM
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I personally cannot help because I lack the necessary knowledge, but this may help you out: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/19589/how-to-determine-what-type-of-coins-a-wallet-dat-contains

I believe you need Linux to run pywallet though. I'd rather run it on an offline Live Linux CD to minimize risks.

I know next to nothing about python, but I'll give it a go (cheers). I started putting these wallets into various blockchains but kept getting '0/unconfirmed, not in memory pool' for the receiving transactions and the transaction ID is invalid. I got excited when I saw 1690 in Dash only to have my hopes dashed later.
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March 25, 2020, 07:45:00 PM
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Hey, try moving your topic to Development & Technical Discussion section, maybe you can get some help there.
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March 25, 2020, 07:54:04 PM
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If i remember correctly, you should be able to open it with a text editor and spot the coin TICKER.
But i might be mistaken, it's been 5 years since i touched a local wallet



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March 25, 2020, 09:50:31 PM
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If i remember correctly, you should be able to open it with a text editor and spot the coin TICKER.
But i might be mistaken, it's been 5 years since i touched a local wallet

I just tried that with a Bitcoin wallet.dat file and was unable to locate the ticker BTC. Good shout though (it did look promising).
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March 25, 2020, 10:21:55 PM
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If i remember correctly, you should be able to open it with a text editor and spot the coin TICKER.
But i might be mistaken, it's been 5 years since i touched a local wallet
It will work for wallet.dat which is unencrypted you can just open it with notepad or notepad++ and you will see all inside the wallet.dat including a public key and private keys.

But if it's encrypted there's no way to see them with any text editor.


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Can you check this one below and maybe it will work you will need a Linux Based OS.

- What alt-coins do they have (and may be how much)?

Once you get the addresses you can paste one of the addresses extracted from the wallet.dat here and let us find it for you.
If the prefix of the wallet address looks the same as 1 or 3 at the beginning of the address then it is a bitcoin wallet but if it shows different prefix you might need to refer on this prefix list below.

- Altcoin Prefixes

This is not a complete list but if you can post the address maybe we can determine which altcoin that this wallet.dat belongs.

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March 26, 2020, 08:38:13 AM
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It's a bit painful, but here's a method that i know to find cryptocurrency address on encrypted wallet (which can be used to identify which cryptocurrency address)
1. Open wallet.dat with your text editor (e.g. notepad and sublime text)
2. Use find (Ctrl + F) feature to find text "name" in line which contain many garbage character. Example

Code:
name="a_cryptocurrency_address
name#a_cryptocurrency_address
name*a_cryptocurrency_address

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March 26, 2020, 09:23:43 AM
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Found a stack of wallets from 2014, but I have no idea what coins they relate to (the fact that they aren't labelled probably means they are garbage though). Any painless ways of identifying these crypto's from the wallet.dat files alone?  

You simply open them with notepad and search for the string "name"

If the following string starts with 1 and looks like this

1CC3X2gu58d6wXUWMffpuzN9JAfTUWu4Kj

 its a bitcoin. If the first character starts with  L for Litecoin etc. As long as they have transactions. If there is no "name" string then they are most probably empty

For a list of altcoin names you can search the web

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March 27, 2020, 08:08:43 PM
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Thanks for the help guys, however I managed to accumulate a steaming pile of crap; Execoin, Hirocoin, Megacoin, Heavycoin, Franko, Maxcoin, Riecoin, Bytecoin, Potcoin, Counterparty, Blackcoin, Vertcoin (OK I guess, but overall still equals a loss on initial investment). I remember being keen on privacy coins, therefore not sure how I missed Darkcoin (remember buying it, therefore must have sold or lost on an exchange failure like Mintpal  Cry ) or Monero.
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March 28, 2020, 11:30:52 AM
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Thanks for the help guys, however I managed to accumulate a steaming pile of crap; Execoin, Hirocoin, Megacoin, Heavycoin, Franko, Maxcoin, Riecoin, Bytecoin, Potcoin, Counterparty, Blackcoin, Vertcoin (OK I guess, but overall still equals a loss on initial investment). I remember being keen on privacy coins, therefore not sure how I missed Darkcoin (remember buying it, therefore must have sold or lost on an exchange failure like Mintpal  Cry ) or Monero.

A bit off-topic, but Monero full node client is written from scratch so it's possible your Monero wallet file (if you bought Monero and store it locally in past) exist on other location.
I don't know about older version of Monero, but Monero wallet file don't have file extension.

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