Lost Private Passphrase

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  1. happydrummer

    happydrummer New Member

    Aug 13, 2017
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    Hi!

    I am using the latest version of the Decrediton GUI & made a wallet some time ago.

    I can't remember the private passphrase i must have created when I set it up... though I have the 33 word wallet seed stored safely.

    How can I rebuild and access my wallet? I am getting the error below at the moment.

    Error: invalid passphrase for private master key Please try again

    Do I need to dive into the command line or is there a simpler way.

    Many thanks for the help!
     
  2. Kandiru

    Kandiru Member

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    You can rebuild your wallet from the seed, you'll need to delete your old wallet and create a new one. See https://docs.decred.org/advanced/deleting-your-wallet/ for information on how to do it.

    When you re-create it from seed, you can choose a new private passphrase.
     
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  3. Jazzah

    Jazzah New Member

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    Hi,
    have you tried shutting down Decrediton, renaming the wallet.db file to walletA.db and restarting Decrediton? This should prompt a message at the start allowing you to 1) create new wallet or 2) recreate from seed.

    I'm assuming that you are trying to enter the seed (33 words) to access the wallet.db you created 'some time ago', but you need the passphrase for that. By renaming wallet.db, decrediton will no longer find a wallet file and thus proceeds as described above. If that worked and you have successfully created a new wallet from seed, a new wallet.db file will be created in the same location as walletA.db. As you recreate the wallet, decredition will ask you to set a new password. When you have assured everything is working properly, you can destroy walletA.db
     
  4. happydrummer

    happydrummer New Member

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    The above worked! Thanks so much for the help
     
  5. n Angelo Gorman

    n Angelo Gorman New Member

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    #5 n Angelo Gorman, Dec 8, 2017
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    Hi i would like to do this with decrediton. Where can i find the walletdb Apple Mac please?
     
  6. Jazzah

    Jazzah New Member

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    ~/Library/Application Support/Decrediton/mainnet/wallet.db
     
  7. thejetrodriguez3

    thejetrodriguez3 New Member

    Jul 18, 2018
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    Hi, I am having the same problem as I can't remember my private passphrase. I want to try the solution described by Jazzah, but I have a couple questions specific to my situation.

    In my mainnet folder, I have 2 files: 'wallet' and 'wallet.db.lock'. The first is listed as a Data Base File under 'Type' and is 262,144 KB. The second is listed as a LOCK file under 'Type' and is 0 KB. I'm assuming the first one is the one to rename with an 'A' as described, but I'm not sure because it doesn't end with '.db' as in the above suggestion.

    Second, can I follow the suggested solution if I have DCR in my current wallet? I'm not sure if I will lose my existing DCR in my current wallet in the process of creating a new wallet from seed.
     

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