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How to backup and restore Your EXT wallet


What is wallet file

wallet.dat is a file that holds private keys to spend outputs, addresses and transaction information.

It is the most important file in the wallet. It is strongly recommended to encrypt Your wallet by a strong password to prevent stealing by unauthorized persons who could obtain your wallet file.

⚠️ WARNING: Keep in mind, that if You forget this password, You’ll never be able to decrypt wallet file and You will lose Your access to address and funds. So please make sure to keep it safely (you can back it up on a paper).

File has different locations based on the operating system. By default, file can be found in following locations:

  • Windows: %APPDATA%\Exsolution
  • Linux: ~/.exsolution_
  • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/exsolution/

If you can’t find the location please refer to the bottom of this page.

Backup

Advanced user

Locate wallet.dat and copy it to another device where ONLY YOU have an access to. It may be a USB drive, CD, another computer or your private home cloud storage.

You may also copy it to a cloud services like Mega or Dropbox but make sure it’s encrypted.

Novice

You can use Exsolution wallet to make a backup. To do this, follow these steps (Windows wallet as a sample, but it works the same way on Mac and Linux):

  • open Exsolution wallet
  • from drop menu: click File -> Backup Wallet
  • give it a name (fe.: My EXT Wallet.dat) and save file in secure place such as another device where ONLY YOU have an access to. It may be a USB drive, CD, another computer or your private home cloud storage.

You may also copy it to a cloud services like Mega or Dropbox but make sure it’s encrypted.

Restore

To restore the backup, simply copy your backed up wallet.dat over an existing one in the bitcoin data location.

Default Location

Windows

Go to Start Menu -> Run (or press WinKey+R) and run this: %APPDATA%\Exsolution

Exsolution data folder will open. For most users, this is the following location:

C:\Users\_YourUserName_\Appdata\Roaming\Exsolution

⚠️ Note: AppData is an hidden folder by default.

Linux

By default Exsolution will put its data here: ~/.exsolution

You need to do a ls -a to see directories that start with a dot. If that’s not it, you can do a search like this:

Mac

By default Exsolution will put its data here: ~/Library/Application Support/Exsolution