Note: You can still get your Bitcoin Cash AFTER 8-1-17 if the following are the case:
1) You owned Bitcoin in a Bitcoin wallet on 8-1-17 when the Bitcoin Cash fork occurred
2) You have access to the private keys that correspond to that Bitcoin address
If that’s the case, congrats – you can get Free Bitcoin Cash! Look for your wallet below to see the process of exporting your private keys. If you run into issues, post a comment below and I’ll try to help.
SECTION 1: EXPORTING YOUR LEGACY BITCOIN PRIVATE KEYS
FROM A BITCOIN ELECTRUM WALLET:
To export your private key from an Electrum Bitcoin wallet and import into the Bitcoin ABC Bitcoin Cash wallet, see the example in the video.
The simple text version for Electrum is to go to Wallet - Private Keys - Export and it will dump your private keys into a csv file. Just copy the private key that corresponds to the Bitcoin address which has your balance. Then go to Section 2 below.
FROM A BITCOIN QT WALLET:
If you have a Bitcoin QT wallet you need to export your Private Key and Import it into the Bitcoin ABC QT wallet. The Bitcoin ABC QT wallet is currently working fine - I can see my Bitcoin Cash balance, however no exchanges are accepting deposits yet so you just have to wait. At lease while we're waiting BCH is going up! I digress.
To export your private key from a Bitcoin QT wallet, you need to go into the Console to do it.
Follow these steps under your Original Bitcoin QT wallet:
Go to Help - Debug Window - Console tab, then type these commands to show your private key - (no parens needed in the command itself, just the value):
walletpassphrase (yourfullpassword) 6000
dumpprivkey (your original BTCaddress that held BTC at the time of the fork)
The walletpassphrase command unlocks your wallet for the number of seconds you provide - here 10 mins in my example, so you can then get your key. The dumpprivatekey command will show your private key that corresponds to your Bitcoin address. Copy it and go to Section 2.
FROM AN ARMORY BITCOIN WALLET:
In your Bitcoin Armory wallet your private key can be found by double-clicking your wallet in the Armory main window, click “Backup this wallet”, then select “Export Key Lists” and click the button of the same name.
Verify your password, and you’ll be presented with your private key in different encodings. You can remove all checkboxes, except “Private Key (Plain Base58)”. Check the “Omit spaces in key data” box. Now select the key string and copy it and then go to Section 2.
FROM AN EXODUS BITCOIN WALLET:
On Exodus you need to Choose Developer - Assets - Bitcoin - Export Private Keys… Your private keys will be exported to a folder on your Desktop titled “exodus-exports”
Open that file and find your BTC address, select the corresponding private key, copy it and then go to Section 2.
FROM A BLOCKCHAIN.INFO BITCOIN WALLET:
If your wallet is on Blockchain.info, login and then go to Settings - Addresses on the left. Then find your BTC address and click on More Options, then Private Keys.
Validate your password as prompted and when the private key is provided, copy it and go to Section 2.
SECTION 2: IMPORTING YOUR LEGACY BITCOIN PRIVATE KEYS
Follow these steps to Import your Private Keys into your Bitcoin Cash Wallet:
Then to import your private key into your BCH wallet, you need to first download and sync the wallet from BitcoinABC.org. Note, this took me almost 40 hours.
Once sync'ed you can follow the steps I show in this video guide or follow the text version below
First, as with anything in this space - turn your encryption on under Settings.
Then go to Help - Debug Window - Console tab, then type these commands to Import private key into your Bitcoin ABC wallet.
walletpassphrase (yourfullpassword) 6000
Again, the walletpassphrase command unlocks your wallet for the number of seconds you provide - here 10 mins in my example, so you can then get your key. The importprivkey command will import private key that corresponds to your Bitcoin address.
The blockchain will rescan all the transactions for your address and then when it's done you will see your Bitcoin Cash balance in your Bitcoin ABC wallet dashboard. Congratulations, you just got your Free Bitcoin Cash!
AFTER CLAIMING YOUR BITCOIN CASH:
Before you import your private key and your Bitcoin Cash is showing, transact in the following order to be safe:
1) Move your original BTC from your address to another address and never use that original address on the original chain again
2) Leave your Bitcoin Cash at your original address until sending transactions safely is confirmed/mining running okay/exchanges open up BCH deposits, etc.
To your crypto success!
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