How to generate a personalized bitcoin address?

Bitcoin, you all absolutely know. Perhaps you already have an address.

But I don’t know about you, but my address is this:

1Korben1cqCccrVWA3sBsT9C9rknVu9nWa

I don’t know if you saw it, but it has my nickname in it.

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What I offer you today is to learn how to create a wallet with a small personalized text inside. It’s nothing new, but it’s fun to do.

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To do this, you will retrieve them the VanitySearch.exe tool for Windows or compile its sources for Linux.

Then run VanitySearch just like that with the right settings to get a bitcoin wallet address with its private key.

The -stop parameter tells the software to stop as soon as it finds one. The “-gpu” tells the software to use your graphics card for better performance. Finally, the last parameter is the start of the public address you want.

This can start with 1, 3 or bc1q. For the demo, I decided that my address should start with 1Sexy. Choose something short anyway, because the longer it is, the longer it will last… even years, depending on the power of your machine.

VanitySearch.exe -stop -gpu 1Sexy

Depending on your selection, after a longer or shorter time you will receive a public address and a private key in WIF format and in HEX format. Remember to keep this private key in a safe place and never share it with anyone.

I will then explain how to use this key by recovering it in a bitcoin wallet like Electrum.

To do this, download and launch Electrum. Then choose Restore from the File menu.

Electrum will then offer you to create a new wallet. Select the “Import Bitcoin addresses or private keys” option.

Paste your private key in WIF format (which starts with “p2pkh:”) and voila, you have your new personalized bitcoin address!

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