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[Tutorial] [WIP] Creating a paper wallet for Bitcoin

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Hi OCN,

 

I wrote a tutorial for this before, but it was buried. I decided to rewrite it, with pictures this time!

Here are the things required for this tutorial:

-A PC

-A flash drive with 2GB or more space

-You may need a DVD

-a printer + paper

 

You'll also need a couple of programs:

 

 

Prepping Ubuntu + Bitaddress.org

Alright! Time to start making our paper wallet!

 

 

Using UNetbootin, make your USB bootable by selecting the Ubuntu USB you downloaded. Also, be sure to allocate 200MB to preserve files across reboots, for it to work well.

 

Once your USB has finished copying the files and making it bootable, paste the downloaded copy of bitaddress.org anywhere to the flash drive. Preferably make a new folder called "Paper Wallets" and paste it in there.

 

If you decide to use a DVD to burn Ubuntu to, use any image burning program and burn the Ubuntu image to the disk. Now paste the bitaddress.org anywhere on the USB, but again, preferably in it's own folder.

 

Booting into Ubuntu and creating our wallet

So now we can boot into Ubuntu via either our burnt DVD or our USB! I'm using a DVD version for this tutorial, so bear with me. 

Once you've booted into Ubuntu, open your flash drive and find the bitaddress.org html file. Then of course, open it. It should show up like this:

 

Now you'll see a public and private key. If for some reason you don't like the address it generated for you, click generate a few more times until you have one you like more. Now once you have an address you like, copy the private key. It's the key under the red "secret" text, and should start with a "5". Now once you've copied this key, head over to the "Wallet Details" tab and paste in the private key. It should look like this: 

 

Once you've pasted the key in, press "View Details" and it should give you some lines of text, as well as a couple QR codes. It should appear like this:

 

Now click the "Print" button at the top of the page, and either "print" it to the USB stick, or print it to your local printer.

 

 

I have a network printer in another room, so I opted to save it to my USB as a PDF, and then plug my USB into the printer to copy the PDF onto paper. If you decide to print the page locally double check that the file has a .pdf extension at the end, so your printer will find the file without you having to add the .pdf extension later. 

 

Once you've printed the page, this is your paper wallet. You can send funds to the public key, or control the wallet with the private key. Be sure to keep this paper in a safe place, and print an extra copy of two of it, in case you lose the original. Also, I recommend to store two or three copies of the paper in different locations, preferably in different buildings if possible.

 

Importing the Wallet to blockchain.info

Coming soon! :) 

 


 

I hope this tutorial helped you out, and I hope it saves some bitcoins from being stolen too! I'll be writing up the importing wallet part soon, I just wanted to have my thread progress saved.

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Nice! I'll read this more thoroughly once I have the time.

Thanks for posting mate.
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