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How to restore a Monero wallet from your 25 word seed


These instructions are for the command line wallet. If you are using the GUI, the procedure is much simpler - you just click the 'Restore wallet from 25 word mnemonic seed' button displayed when the wallet application starts.

Your 25 Monero wallet seed is told to you when you create a new wallet. If you have forgotten your seed but still have the wallet on your computer, you can ask the wallet to tell you the seed:
[wallet 47CL7F]: seed PLEASE NOTE: the following 25 words can be used to recover access to your wallet. Please write them down and store them somewhere safe and secure. Please do not store them in your email or on file storage services outside of your immediate control. locker welders womanly lodge gumball selfish altitude dewdrop terminal nagged exit acquire hookup ashtray wobbly nineteen duration duties javelin patio baffles ambush bamboo bite nineteen
Remember to keep your seed safe and to NEVER share it with others. Anyone that discovers your seed has full access to your Monero wallet.

Restoring your wallet from your 25 word seed

The instructions are similar to those in our previous tutorial for creating a command line wallet

Follow those instructions, with one important exception. When it is time to run monero-wallet-cli (monero-wallet-cli.exe on Windows), add the --restore-deterministic-wallet option. For example:

[wallet 47CL7F]: ./monero-wallet-cli --restore-deterministic-wallet Creating the logger system Monero 'Wolfram Warptangent' (v0.10.0.0-release) Logging at log level 0 to /Users/username/Downloads/monero.mac.x64.v0-10-0-0/./monero-wallet-cli.log Specify wallet file name (e.g., MyWallet). If the wallet doesn't exist, it will be created. Wallet file name: mywallet The wallet doesn't exist, generating new one password: **** password: **** Specify Electrum seed: locker welders womanly lodge gumball selfish altitude dewdrop terminal nagged exit acquire hookup ashtray wobbly nineteen duration duties javelin patio baffles ambush bamboo bite nineteen Restore from specific blockchain height (optional, default 0): 0 Generated new wallet: 47CL7FiNtW417VjzWt9Zse8Z8URhaHaA2L9jJq6rrLtDhiYK9PfbCavhhMKws9xEdKHBeGcQtJmPt4uEMivooNztC5UkHLD View key: 005c98c3db115140289bd0dfad97f910e6eeb5e8e12d02fdd4ab2373fbe9110a ********************************************************************** Your wallet has been generated!

Your wallet is now fully functional and you will have full access to your Monero.

Note: If you are copying and pasting in your seed, please don't include any newline characters in the paste.

Save time when typing the seed in

If you are typing your seed in manually, you don't actually need to type each entire word. You can type just the first three letters of each word in the seed to save time.
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