How do I convert BCH Cash Address (q Address) to Legacy Address?

This article describes how to convert between two Bitcoin Cash address formats: Cash address, also known as q address, and Legacy address.

UPDATE: As of 03/01/2018, version 1.46.0, Exodus now supports the new BCH Cash address format. If you are having trouble sending to a Cash Address from Exodus, you may need to upgrade Exodus..

Now that Exodus supports Cash addresses, this guide is here for the purpose of education. Perhaps in the event some other wallet experiences a compatibility issue, this information may be applicable.

If you see a Bitcoin Cash (BCH) address which either starts with ' q' or 'bitcoincash:q' it means that this is a new address format for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallets. They are called Cash Addresses or q Addresses by the Bitcoin Cash community.

The change in address format was done by the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) development team to prevent users from sending Bitcoin (BTC) funds to Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallets and vice versa since both the coins had the same address format until the recent change by Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The best part of this change is that these new Cash Addresses or q Addresses are backwards compatible - meaning, any wallet which currently does not support the new address format can still send funds to the new address format wallets by obtaining the legacy address from the cash address using a simple address converter tool.

Visit and select 'Legacy' from the drop-down in the menu bar on the top right. Enter the Cash Address or q address in the search bar and hit search. The explorer will now show you the Legacy address.

For example, this Cash Address or q Address


Will change to this legacy address format:


We highly recommend double-checking the address you have just converted on another block explorer to be 100% sure that the explorer you used has not been compromised. Below are some more explorers which let you convert the new address format to old address format for Bitcoin Cash:

If you want to be extra careful, you can test the address by sending a very small amount at first, to ensure you are able to receive funds on the other end.

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