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On my quest to find some new interesting Bitcoin wallets I recently found out about Sparrow Wallet.
Sparrow desktop wallet licensed under the Apache 2 license, and it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
It supports single and multisig wallets, as well as importing and exporting Electrum wallets.
Sparrow is also good for anyone who runs their own Bitcoin nodes., and it supports hardware wallets.
Current version is 0.9.9

Github:
https://github.com/sparrowwallet/sparrow

Website:
https://www.sparrowwallet.com/

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September 09, 2020, 07:23:35 PM
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It is a beautiful wallet.

I have some mixed feelings about wallets.

I am very satisfied with the wallets I use (software and hardware). They dominate the market somehow

Just like I think oligopolies are bad for everyone, I don't risky trying new wallets.

I trust my money in ledger, trezor and electrum. I wouldn't trust sparrow, at least not with a huge amount. But I could try this wallet for small amounts, if it brings something very new which I would use.

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September 10, 2020, 03:53:38 AM
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Looks pretty slick— UI looks clean without sacrificing functionality and features.

With that said, I agree with bitmover that I don't think people should use this new wallet for storing keys with high-valued holdings unless you can verify the code and compile it yourself. I'm personally going to wait this out and wait til it gets a bit more publicity.

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September 10, 2020, 06:08:30 AM
Last edit: September 10, 2020, 06:34:35 AM by xenon131
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Indeed, quite steezy GUI plus wholly knocking set of features and, wow, 3 stable releases withing 9 days. Would be great if developer kept this pace

The need to run the instance of Electrum server is a bit chilling. I would be better off if it could connect to Bitcoin Core node, nevertheless  will challenge it in my spare time.


With that said, I agree with bitmover that I don't think people should use this new wallet for storing keys with high-valued holdings

IMO, it poses no danger to Ledger's keys.

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September 10, 2020, 07:03:39 AM
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IMO, it poses no danger to Ledger's keys.

Yeap, not that much risk(as far as I know) since you verify the transaction details on the Ledger device itself anyway. But I was referring to actually using this wallet for generating and actually storing the keys(and not just making transactions like when connecting a hardware wallet to it).

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September 10, 2020, 11:00:29 AM
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IMO, it poses no danger to Ledger's keys.

Yeap, not that much risk(as far as I know) since you verify the transaction details on the Ledger device itself anyway. But I was referring to actually using this wallet for generating and actually storing the keys(and not just making transactions like when connecting a hardware wallet to it).

Yup, that’s exactly what was my mind. To connect it  to Sparrow and  use the keys that  Ledger generate  based on SEED. Using the  keys generated by novice in the field  is a risky business. I get used to use even Electrum exclusively with coupled Ledger.

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September 10, 2020, 11:22:55 AM
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Was going to take a look because I will play a little with anything.
But why are you using Java to build?. A lot, possibly even most security people see java / java script and run screaming in the other direction.

I don't care one way or the other, but you might want to look at another alternative.

-Dave

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September 10, 2020, 01:42:15 PM
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Was going to take a look because I will play a little with anything.
But why are you using Java to build?. A lot, possibly even most security people see java / java script and run screaming in the other direction.

I don't care one way or the other, but you might want to look at another alternative.

-Dave

Hey Dave
I am not using java or anything, and this is not my wallet project, but I am just testing it because I think it is good that other major wallets have some competition.
We don't want developers to get to lazy, and I like to post something new here in forum so that everyone can explore it.  Wink

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If this wallet is a scam then I think it is a high level of scammers.
They have some unique features that I've never heard of before, such as:

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fully featured transaction editor that also functions as a blockchain explorer. This feature not only allows easy editing of all of a transaction’s fields, (including for example locktime and sequence),

Sparrow is desktop focussed and uses a configuration of Argon2 (winner of the Password Hashing Competition in 2015)


With all this power, the transaction viewer doubles as a private blockchain explorer.

Despite all the details, it is not mentioned how the seeds are managed, the cold storage, and the lightning network.

Generally, I'll give it a try when I have some time.





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Yes, this transaction viewer acts something like personal explorer, and if you run your own node then you don't need to use any web explorer to check your transactions.
Source code is also open, and anyone can check if it is good, and I would like to see testnet integration, so that more people could try using it with testBTC.

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September 13, 2020, 01:40:50 PM
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One of the reason for which I would probably download this wallet and give it a try is the possibility to import Electrum wallets. AFAIK, bluewallet is the only wallet that supports importing electrum seeds.
More users will be interested in using it if they release a mobile version.
I agree with posts above, it too early to trust them with our coins as it's still relatively new and we are not sure how secure it is.

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October 09, 2020, 11:55:45 PM
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Sparrow wallet version 0.9.5 released with added support for testnet  and other updates.
Full list of update changes:

  • Testnet support
  • View and edit a wallets output descriptor in wallet Settings
  • Exclude UTXOs from a transaction on the Send transaction diagram
  • Cobo Vault airgapped file import and export
  • Import and export xpubs with QR codes in wallet Settings
  • SLIP-132 ypub/zpub/etc support
  • Handle incomplete script hash notification sets
  • Clear Send details once transaction in mempool
  • Respect the minimum relay fee when creating a transaction
  • Attempt to import wallet if Open Wallet fails
  • Upgrade to JavaFX 15
https://github.com/sparrowwallet/sparrow/releases/tag/0.9.5

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October 25, 2020, 01:08:35 PM
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There is a new Sparrow wallet version 0.9.6 released:

  • Send to multiple recipients (transaction batching support)
  • Much improved loading of large wallet history
  • @CoboVault QR import (single and multisig)
  • #Bitbox02 support
  • Request encryption on wallet import
https://github.com/sparrowwallet/sparrow/releases/tag/0.9.6

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November 20, 2020, 03:53:13 PM
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Is this wallet opensource?
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November 20, 2020, 11:00:35 PM
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Have you tried this running on windows? I am curious on this one because of security issues that might take place in the future. Hopefully you'll have some feedback on this, need some inputs from your end before am going to install sparrow wallet on my pc.

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November 21, 2020, 11:32:28 AM
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Is this wallet opensource?

Yes. It's already mentioned & OP mention github link for the source code.

Have you tried this running on windows? I am curious on this one because of security issues that might take place in the future. Hopefully you'll have some feedback on this, need some inputs from your end before am going to install sparrow wallet on my pc.

Someone make a blog about this wallet at https://www.bitcoinqna.com/post/sparrow-wallet-101, but there's no mention OS used.
But since this wallet is initially released less than a year ago and the version is below 1.0 (assuming the creator follow proper software versioning), i wouldn't recommend it to store big amount of Bitcoin.

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November 21, 2020, 02:31:45 PM
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Have you tried this running on windows? I am curious on this one because of security issues that might take place in the future. Hopefully you'll have some feedback on this, need some inputs from your end before am going to install sparrow wallet on my pc.

I did install it on my OS for testing purposes and yes it is open source Apache license.

Developers are active on github and twitter, and they often release updates and fixes (latest is 0.9.7) and this wallet can be useful only if you are running your own node.

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November 21, 2020, 07:22:26 PM
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On my quest to find some new interesting Bitcoin wallets I recently found out about Sparrow Wallet.

It looks nice.
Although I am so much used to Electrum I find it a bit hard to change (maybe I'm getting old?), I already planned to take a look to Wasabi.
Now I've added Sparrow too to my list. I'll give it a try during the Xmas holidays when I should have more (too much?) free time.

It's however nice to see competition coming in this area. I've got sick and tired to "preach" that wallets should become nicer and easier (more newbie friendly) without losing functionality.

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