Please find below a few links to tutorials that will help you better understand and explore possiblities how to extract keys and move funds out of your Multibit Classic wallet.
Multibit Classic is an old and discontinued Bitcoin wallet, so it is not recommended to use it anymore. However, if you have funds in a Multibit Classic wallet, you can recover them by following these steps:
- Find your private keys: To recover your Bitcoin, you’ll need the private keys associated with your wallet. In Multibit Classic, your private keys are stored in a wallet file, usually with a ‘.wallet’ extension. By default, this file is located in the following directory:
- Export private keys: Launch Multibit Classic and open your wallet. Go to the “Tools” menu, then click on “Export Private Keys.” Select a location to save the private key file, which will have a ‘.key’ extension. Ensure that you’ve chosen to export the keys without a password; otherwise, you’ll need to remember the password to use the keys later.
- Install a new wallet: As Multibit Classic is no longer supported, you should choose a modern, secure wallet to manage your Bitcoin. Some popular wallets are Electrum, Bitcoin Core, and hardware wallets like Trezor or Ledger.
- Import private keys into a new wallet: After setting up your new wallet, you’ll need to import the private keys you exported from Multibit Classic. The process varies depending on the wallet you chose, but here are general guidelines:
- Electrum: Create a new wallet, select “Standard wallet” and then “Use public or private keys.” Copy and paste the private keys from the ‘.key’ file you exported earlier. Electrum will generate a new wallet with your imported keys and show you the balance associated with them.
- Bitcoin Core: In the debug console (accessible through the “Window” menu), use the
importprivkeycommand followed by each of your private keys. For example:
importprivkey yourPrivateKeyHere "label". Replace “yourPrivateKeyHere” with your actual private key and “label” with a description for your own reference.
- Hardware wallets: The process of importing private keys will depend on the specific hardware wallet you are using. Consult the user manual or support documentation for instructions on how to import private keys.
- Verify the balance: After importing the private keys, your new wallet should display the correct balance. It may take some time to synchronize with the Bitcoin network, so be patient.
- Secure your new wallet: Make sure to create a backup of your new wallet, set a strong password, and enable two-factor authentication (if available). It’s also a good idea to keep your private keys and seed phrase safe and offline.
By following these steps, you should be able to recover your Bitcoin from a Multibit Classic wallet and start using a more secure and updated wallet.