Last updated: October 15, 2021
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Step 5. Download and install the Electron Cash software wallet
Visit the Electron Cash website. You can verify the website’s link by visiting the official BitcoinCash.org website and following the Electron Cash link under Wallets. It is always worth the extra due diligence to avoid scam websites.
Click the Download button. Electron Cash is available for Windows, OSX, Linux, and Android. Click the link for your preferred download. For this tutorial, we downloaded electron-cash-2.9.3.exe to the desktop of a Windows 10 64-bit computer.
Double-click electron-cash-2.9.3.exe to launch the Electron Cash wallet installer. An install wizard launches to guide you through the installation process.
Panel 1. How do you want to connect to a server? Choose Auto connect and click Next.
Panel 2. Electron Cash wallet. Retain default_wallet and click Next.
Panel 3. Create default_wallet. Choose Standard wallet and click Next.
Panel 4. Keystore. Choose Use public or private keys and click Next.
Panel 5. Create keystore from keys. For each of your Bitcoin public addresses that have a balance, copy the private key from the Bitcoin Core debug window console. Paste each private key into the keystore input field on a new line. Click Next to continue.
Panel 6. Encrypt your Electron Cash wallet with a password, and click Next.
Step 6. Electron Cash wallet launches
Electron Cash wallet launches automatically once encrypted. You should see the same pre-fork number of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) coins in your Electron Cash wallet that you see in your Bitcoin Core (BTC) wallet.
Remember that Electron Cash is a Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallet only. Do not send BTC to a BCH wallet, and do not send BCH to a BTC wallet. Although they share the same namesake and pre-fork history, the networks are separate.
Step 7. Post-Claim Tasks
A. Make sure your Electron Cash wallet works as you expect. Start by sending and receiving small trial BCH transactions. Wait for confirmations to accrue before proceeding with larger transaction amounts.
B. The Electron Cash wallet is new software with a small user base and a brief history. Your Bitcoin Core (BTC) private keys are now in use with a fledgling Electron Cash software wallet. As a precaution, consider sending the BTC in your Bitcoin Core wallet to another BTC wallet. This will protect your BTC with a different private key apart from your BCH.
C. Use the Blockchair website to explore your transactions on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain. Copy a public wallet address used to claim BCH, and paste it into the Blockchair search box. Or you may append a public wallet address to the following link: https://blockchair.com/bitcoin-cash/address/your-BCH-address-here
D. Import additional private keys if needed. Click Wallet > Private keys > Import. Paste each private key into the Enter private keys input field on a new line. Click Import to continue.
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