How do I import a private key?

Importing private keys into Exodus is easy. Whether you want to claim forked coins that Exodus supports, import a paper wallet, or just give your portfolio a makeover, this guide has you covered.

  • Exodus supports importing both compressed and uncompressed private keys.
  • For Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, Exodus also supports importing encrypted (password protected) Private Keys.
  • You can import the secret key for both Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) in the same manner as you import a private key.

This process does not actually "import" the private key. It sweeps the funds from the private key's address into your Exodus address so that any "imports" remain associated with your 12-word phrase. If you have the option to send the funds as a normal transaction, you can do since it effectively performs the same function.


Below we show an example using Bitcoin, but the process is the same for all other assets.

1
If you are on MacOS, the developer menu is under 'Exodus' in the top left hand corner of your Mac, next to the Apple menu. 
If you are using Windows or Linux, the developer menu can be accessed can be accessed from the Help section or by by pressing  Ctrl+Shift+D. 

2
Select Developer > Assets > [Name of asset you wish to import] > Move Funds
For some assets, the option will be "Move Funds (WIF)...". The reason for this difference is that for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash you can also import encrypted Private Keys and for Ethereum based assets there's no WIF format of the private key.
3
Type or paste the private key into the pop up and click import.

Exodus will use your entered private key and sweep the funds into your wallet.

Questions? Need more assistance? Send us an email at support@exodus.io. We promise quick human help!