Make Paper Wallets to Keep Your Bitcoin Addresses Safe.

For long-term storage of bitcoins (or giving as gifts) it's not safe to store your bitcoins in an exchange or online wallet. These types of sites are regularly hacked. Even keeping a live wallet on your own computer can be risky.

Your Keys, Your Bitcoin.

By printing out your own tamper-resistant bitcoin wallets and generating your own addresses, you can minimize your exposure to hackers as well as untrustworthy people in your home or office. Just transfer your bitcoins into your new wallets, and use common sense to keep your wallets safe the way you would jewels and ordinary cash. Or give them away!

Safer than Hardware Wallets

Although hardware wallets can be secure, they still have their faults. Many hardware wallets running closed-source software leave your seed phrase and private keys vulnerable to theft. Paper wallets give you direct control over your Bitcoin without a third party.

Bitcoin Cash Paper Wallets

Click here to try out the Bitcoin Cash paper wallet generator.

What's special about this design?

Front and Back (Click to Zoom)
Front and Back (Large View)

But first read everything on this page since you should take some precautions to make sure your new wallets are secure.

Litecoin & Dogecoin paper wallets, too!

BitAddress Open Source

Why trust this site?

This generator is based on a well established and most trustworthy open-source engine for generating addresses using your own browser's JavaScript engine. No crypto-code is run on this web server, and no addresses are transmitted over the Internet. BIP-38 encryption is fully supported as well. If you don't trust this service (or pseudorandom number generators in general) this wallet service lets you roll dice, shuffle cards, or supply your own "vanity keys". To be more secure, you should download this wallet generator from your browser and run it offline.

We—started this service in 2013—easily reached for questions, Bitcoin business consultation, or custom designs at:

Email: [email protected]

We invite you to read this endorsement by Andreas Antonopoulos.

safe paper wallet endorsement
Cached from safepaperwallet.com on 6/19/2014

Flags Christmas Bitcoin Wallets come in 12 different languages, as well as special Christmas and "red envelope" / Chinese New Year designs. Here's a PDF template for making an envelope for giving away Bitcoin for the holidays.

1. Tri-Fold Template

This bitcoin key generator guides you to print both a front side and a back side for your paper wallet. All sensitive details on the front side (the private key and QR code) are folded up and securely taped shut so as to stay hidden. For additional security, you can seal your wallets with the tamper-evident serialized hologram stickers available for purchase on this site—though any sufficiently opaque (light-blocking) tape will work fine.

2. Tamper Resistant

One risk with a paper wallet is that someone with physical access to your wallet may "sneak a peek" at the private key and withdraw your funds without your knowledge. This wallet's folding design and obfuscating security patterns resist "candling" -- the process of shining a bright light through the paper to reveal what's printed inside. Serialized tamper-evident hologram stickers destory themselves when removed, preventing stickers from being replaced with new ones.

3. Perfect for Giving

Want to give bitcoins to someone who isn't tech-savvy? Need to send bitcoins by mail? Use a pre-loaded paper wallet. The sealed-shut folded design helps to ensure that the recipient won't accidentally reveal the private key. For recipients unfamiliar with bitcoin, the reverse side of the wallet has printed instructions for checking the wallet balance and withdrawing funds.

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Order Paper Wallet Supplies

Use this form to purchase tamper-evident holographic stickers with serial numbers, zip-sealing bags made specifically for this folding wallet design, or a bootable CD for making paper wallets offline.

Once shipped, USA orders take about 4 business days to arrive. Orders to the EU & Australia usually take 10 business days. Mailing to certain countries (e.g. Russia, Estonia, Brazil) can take significantly longer.

All orders include a free large vinyl 'bitcoin' sticker for your car, laptop, or crypto-evangelism activities.

Custom Order   |   Complete Kit (Picture)

Your Order

How many hologram stickers do you want?

Stickers are sold in serialized pairs, because you'll need 2 stickers for each wallet.
'Plain' stickers are for Litecoin, Dogecoin, etc.

Add some waterproof zip-sealing bags?

Crystal-clear and specially sized for this design.

Add a customized Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD?

The wallet generator software is pre-installed on this fully bootable operating system. Just run this CD on any Mac or PC and print wallets without going online.

Add some extra Bitcoin circle stickers?

High quality vinyl stickers that will last for years, even outdoors.

Keep your paper wallets safe and dry! If you plan on using an Inkjet printer, this is especially important since even a tiny amount of moisture can make your wallet unreadable. These ultra-clear ziplock bags fit this folding design exactly.

Zip-Sealing Bag
Vinyl Stickers

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Secure Wallet Generation & Safekeeping

Helpful tips organized in ascending degrees of paranoia

Keeping it Safe

Water The biggest threat to your wallet isn't an evil WiFi packet-sniffing robot. Your worst enemy is water. If you have access to a laser printer, use it—because laser printers melt waterproof plastic (toner) onto paper instead of using ink. When using an inkjet printer, consider storing your wallet in a zip-sealing plastic bag (like those sold on this site) or printing on waterproof paper, or treating the paper with a clear coat spray like Krylon "Preserve It".

tldr: Treat a paper wallet like cash. If you lose it or if it becomes illegible, the coins are gone forever.

Even the condensation from the outside of a glass set on top of an inkjet print can destroy it.
Here's what a tiny bit of water will do to an inkjet-printed wallet:

Water Damage

Withdrawing Funds

Piggy Bank The private key on this wallet is recorded in typical "Wallet Import Format" (WIF). Many online services (e.g. blockchain.info, coinbase.com) will let you import or "sweep" your paper wallet using this key. Plan on importing your entire balance. Afterwards, discontinue using the paper wallet—as if you were breaking open a piggy bank. If you try to spend or withdraw only a portion of your funds, you risk losing the remaining balance forever.
How to import paper wallets »

tldr:Add funds to your wallet as often as you like, but withdraw them all at once—otherwise your balance may disappear forever.

Going Offline

Your wallet may be vulnerable to prying eyes when you are generating the keys and printing them out. Although the wallet generator on this website is SSL-encrypted, it's still possible for someone to be snooping on you. (For example, your computer might have malware that broadcasts your screen to a remote location.) The most important safety measure is to go offline and run the javascript wallet generator on your own computer instead of this website.
Here's how »

tldr:Download the website files and run the wallet generator with your Internet connection turned off.

How to run this wallet generator offline
  1. Click on Generate New Address or click here
  2. Once the page as loaded, open your browser settings.
  3. In your browser, click on settings, "More tools" and then "Save Page As..."
  4. Save the website to a folder on your desktop.
  5. Disconnect from the internet and open the saved copy of Bitcoin Paper Wallet to generate your wallets.

Destroying Cache Files

Trash The problem with printing out secure documents—even if your computer is 100% virus/trojan free—is that your printer driver and/or operating system may be keeping copies of the documents you print in some sort of "spool" or print queue. If a hacker or virus gets into your computer and knows to look for these cache files, then they can get your private keys and "sweep" your wallets. Here are some tips on how to securely delete your printer "spool" files.

tldr: Learn how to delete your printer cache files after printing secure documents.

How to delete pesky printer cache files

  1. Enable 'FileVault' to encrypt your filesystem so that cache files cannot be 'undeleted'.
  2. Set up a symbolic link from /private/var/spool/cups/cache/ to a removable media volume (e.g. a SD card) and disconnect it when not in use.
  1. Use an encrypted filesystem so that your cache files cannot be 'undeleted'.
  2. Read this FAQ on how to change the destination of your cache (spool) files to removable media.
  1. Use a live-boot CD instead of a regular hard drive OS install. This way when you reboot your computer, all cache files are deleted from memory and no jobs are ever written to disk.

Hey, do you know much about printer spools on your operating system? I need your help for this section! [email protected]

Using a Clean OS

Clean CD If you've got loads of applications on your computer, or if you use your computer for "risky behavior" (like installing freeware or visiting java / flash websites) consider dedicating a computer (or at least a bootable partition / thumbdrive / "live CD") for paper wallet printing. Never take that install online. Transfer the wallet generator website files to your clean OS using a thumbdrive or other non-networked method.

tldr: Run the wallet generator on a dedicated offline computer / OS.

Using a Dumb Printer

Dumb Printer Some advanced printers have internal storage (even hard drives) that preserve copies of printouts. This is a risk if someone gets access to your printer, or if you dispose of your printer. There is also the possibility that a smart enough printer can be hacked. This isn't quite tinfoil-hat level paranoia, as we've seen examples in the wild of viruses that rewrite the firmware of non-computer devices indirectly connected to the Internet. If this concerns you, don't use a fancy printer, and never let your printer have access to the Internet or to an Internet-connected computer.

tldr: Smart printers save copies of what they print and may be vulnerable to super-smart viruses. Use a dumb offline printer whose firmware can't be reprogrammed.

Don't Panic

Overwhelmed? Scared silly?

There's no need to follow all of these precautions. If you're just generating some give-away wallets for fun or to store small amounts of bitcoin, relax. Just use the online wallet generator on a trusted computer over a secure Internet connection. For storing larger amounts, follow as many of these security precautions as you can.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Did You Make This?

I love Bitcoin. I love how it's elegant, functional, philosophical, and radical.

Unfortunately, for folks not steeped in cypherpunk ideology and network security, bitcoins are hard to understand, hard to purchase, and hard to keep safe. The primary purpose of this site is to make it easier to keep your coins safe once you've gone through the hard work of acquiring some.

The secondary purpose of this site is to encourage you to expand the understanding and acceptance of Bitcoin by loading up and giving away these beautiful and fairly idiot-proof paper wallets.

Hey, here's a couple bitcoins. Keep this paper somewhere safe for now, because some day it might be worth a whole lot and you can buy yourself something nice. Enjoy!

Questions, concerns, ideas? Hit me up.

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