How to Generate Key Pairs

This section provides instructions for generating public and private key pairs.

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Note

For generating example outputs, we used the BitShares Public Testnet environment (download testnet branch and build the wetness_node and cli_wallet programs). Therefore, each public key starts “TEST…”. If you try the same command lines in the Mainnet environment, you will get each private key starts “BTS…”. This will happen automatically, if you use the options by the programs from the correct branch.


suggest_brain_key

Use this function for production.

Example

$ programs/cli_wallet/cli_wallet --suggest_brain_key
{
  "brain_priv_key": "AUTARKY BOUDOIR RESOAK IFE KEEPING SLA SERAIL UROSIS OUTWALK PIERCER WOKE MOHO YEAROCK APRAXIA UNREADY AMNIC",
  "wif_priv_key": "5JATtPJEFQXRqDwVeTWHBk1UuuRmfXDYTtUwfuerE6VncFT6HX8",
  "pub_key": "TEST6LiMuZQxJpeGB7TuRDfqCwwXws3aieZwyC3S1hq5SbPVLFEbbf"
}
  • wif_priv_key : private key

  • pub_key : public key



get_dev_key

Use this function for testing purpose. This get_dev_key function can generate more than one key pairs at the same time in one command line. The function is simply combine the prefix with all given suffixes, compute a hash over each combination, and use that hash as a private key, from which the matching public key and address are generated.

// checking Help -- ./get_dev_key --help

../bitshares-testnet/programs/genesis_util# ./get_dev_key --help

This program generates keys with specified prefix and suffix(es) as seed(s).

Syntax:

  get_dev_key <prefix> <suffix> ...

Examples:

  get_dev_key nath an
  get_dev_key wxyz- owner-5 active-7 balance-9 wit-block-signing-3 wit-owner-5 wit-active-33
  get_dev_key wxyz- wit-block-signing-0:101

Example

// command line(1):  ./get_dev_key TEST testkey1 testkey2 testkey3 testkey4 testkey5

.../bitshares-testnet/programs/genesis_util# ./get_dev_key TEST testkey1 testkey2 testkey3 testkey4 testkey5
[{"private_key":"5HtmkHtjSFmimjoFW96CWbdE12QWKYkqv1EDY5GSPKj7gaKgL1W","public_key":"TEST5wXFqFYzCsGLPagLbuh2e6kiUi91tGvyCfz76Q3aNJ63xMVza1","address":"TESTHZhCbRvo3rjEXMbL4JoKi49ThVpXpwp21"},
{"private_key":"5JUE1x9nbRSKAEr38GG7dKtsQGDSYMWAyZxtkydTCzooRRYyQTq","public_key":"TEST7pqhvduRogShfBwwtcD7trFaCbT5eHpNN2AYCAUHtbCVCB6yys","address":"TESTNELqgKWgbPpwwfszNeY4iY5dRvxra5Qji"},
{"private_key":"5KLrir6U8JbtC7u65fekaznfztJxR9zoTq3wgGmTQsr46HdMoLH","public_key":"TEST7bxKinMaZZH7Z6Bcs4yVMCasfVMJ3CGCNiKLvKcKGLFmGdoEUF","address":"TESTVaUZWAZiYBw52kJZ3KJnhPkeDGz9dy7M"},
{"private_key":"5K4AtJkfXbpP6VLoBSq9hZEfYc85hDGxMrhC19DWcwUC3YJNFnx","public_key":"TEST77e2JK5pmgGbhKwy45uDaSwCcq86eWDPc7cepFxfVBbViWUgy8","address":"TEST71H99xQQcxHXHAFoWgYTdyKHz9FG2Pc6W"},
{"private_key":"5JSQetLWRHzrxQNzWH1k7pZwmMUyHDhc9ZAJM45QFDhX1cPu4JB","public_key":"TEST8BTeSAEAw9CdGALBew3Fm2Sf2mGxs2AdnQj2mSJZsULWTHa5oc","address":"TESTEFWJw8Ztnssmyjpj84b9WEHvGRjSa1AS5"}]

// command line(2):  ./get_dev_key wxyz- owner-5 active-7 balance-9 wit-block-signing-3 wit-owner-5 wit-active-33

.../bitshares-testnet/programs/genesis_util# ./get_dev_key wxyz- owner-5 active-7 balance-9 wit-block-signing-3 wit-owner-5 wit-active-33
[{"private_key":"5KJZnAJLuCNnGV7McZuFB6D2Q4ntA1XjVLd6u1k7a9C36mJEEdh","public_key":"TEST6YoHyPyqeHgbs6zXd3eZHVheeT4F2BVD5PGr7VRg7koUCWvHYE","address":"TESTAJoKZqnpD6XzwNZ9gpk3KrE33QbaNqz1M"},
{"private_key":"5JJP3BcaaydsdF7anQjSaSvvbTyjKHZWnvwHupQGZepoq6XANXB","public_key":"TEST7T5XdWo3dzvGtzqinixjYYCjbbgmyABJC1PEKijP4apLG4NgJ8","address":"TESTPj31YZiuGUjGzFDw2pb6mcqF7U2tqh5Fw"},
{"private_key":"5J2AQyM68u7T69HUY1f3zSZk1frWwsWg7sBHg2X39NsnB4gz7bG","public_key":"TEST51sWsPC17ZeQF5G1yZNZ8hJUdWWLRA9dryq4PYf7F6ucCMULvG","address":"TESTHjEUZvjUEEhYpwJ9P8qB35pe9fareR7Wa"},
{"private_key":"5JEPUkGTJkbCmBaYd7jEKbey6sBaosXjVWDey4FWcRcE73pgcxd","public_key":"TEST8ESMESfyoQZJRuPHH9ipjqQx5ub48DbLg4sFtRea7njZ6CZ1mH","address":"TESTM22mSafknaPoFfheuy2NLMVKtsdxgPd2P"},
{"private_key":"5JLJM1uGLTdYhnFtf55Q9pmeVaik3MpdRVnG3dHrU4NF9ApvooC","public_key":"TEST8C8qWTyFjSeMEpKbSVe3JWjWaT2GFiNvBLap4L3xwAEoL54thh","address":"TESTGNQ8U2R6Jw5WGz8MnzcnyCy3ZshnYybx9"},
{"private_key":"5HtEFk4HoxqwzgisXXZdqVtFVZi7MtRb6zSqGCtf2batXeGiwna","public_key":"TEST7darzT9LVBVm5ppyS6smFbbpC7J5whfSRjwxqeUvZPFt57K7E7","address":"TEST6MQccyUo3G4uVFHgjGZyno8mCCBV2Zxyk"}]

Sample Output

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