How do I export my 'xpub' or 'zpub' key?
BTC, BCH, BTG, LTC, and other UTXO type crypto-currencies use multiple addresses called change addresses to protect user privacy.
You may be asked by the Exodus support team to export your xpub or zpub key for a particular asset in order to verify your Exodus wallet balance and history are displaying correctly.
In this Article:
What does the xpub/zpub do?
The Extended Public Key or xpub can be used to generate all of the public addresses controlled by your Exodus wallet for UTXO based assets such as BTC, BCH, BTG, LTC etc. This allows you to view your comprehensive wallet history.
This is useful because it allows you to see a perfect picture of your wallet's history so you or Exodus support staff can understand exactly what is happening with your wallet.
This is powerful because it does not compromise your wallet, the xpub/zpub key does not allow the control of your wallet , only the viewing of its activity.
While not as important or sensitive as your private keys, do be cautious about giving out your xpub or zpub key. Anyone who has it can fully monitor your wallet activity.
So what is the difference between xpub and zpub?
- xpub: is the Extended Public Key to allow viewing of all your Legacy addresses
- zpub: is the Extended Public Key to allow viewing of all your Segwit addresses (for Bitcoin only inside of your Exodus wallet)
If you would like to learn more about Legacy vs Segwit, please check out this article.
How do I export the xpub/zpub?
For this example, we are going to export the BTC xpub, but the steps are the same for each of your assets.
- First, you will need to go to your Bitcoin wallet.
Then open the Asset Menu by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner of your wallet and select the option to Export your xpub key:
This will create a folder called exodus-exports on your Desktop containing a .txt file. Within that file, you can find your xpub (and zpub if exporting Bitcoin) key. If an Exodus support team member requested your xpub key, you can attach this .txt file to your email reply, or just copy and paste the key from the .txt file into your email body.