How To Import Your Private Keys Into Litecoin-Qt

If you don’t have a copy of your wallet.dat file, but you have the private keys, you can follow this guide to get your Litecoins out of your paper/offline wallet and into a new wallet in Litecoin-Qt.

Note: After you do this, your paper/offline wallet will be empty. Any Litecoins you want to keep in a paper/offline must be sent to a different paper/offline address.

Step 1. Sync Litecoin-Qt

  • Open Litecoin-Qt and wait for it to sync with the network (synchronize the blockchain on your computer with the current one on the network).


Step 2. Disconnect from the internet

  • Disconnect your computer from the internet. This will ensure you are importing your private keys whilst your computer is offline.

Step 3. Open the debug window

  • Open Litecoin-Qt.
  • Go to Help > Debug Window > Console.

Step 4. Unlock the wallet (if encrypted)

  • Type the following into the debug window:
    walletpassphrase "your-pass-phrase" 60

    use quotes if your pass-phrase contains spaces;
    the 60 represents how long the wallet will be unlocked for in seconds

Step 5. Import your private key(s)

  • Type the following into the debug window:
  • importprivkey your-private-key "new label"

use quotes if the label you want contains spaces


  • Wait for the import to finish, this can take several minutes.

Step 6.  Check your addresses were imported

  • Close the debug window.
  • Go to the ‘Addresses‘ tab and check that your imported Litecoin addresses are there.


Step 7. Backup your wallet!

  • Your previous backups will not contain the private key(s) you just imported, so make sure you take a fresh backup.
  • To be on the safe side, you should take the wallet offline again.

You’re done – you can now connect to the internet again.

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