How do I export my 'xpub' or 'zpub' key?
BTC, DOGE, BCH, LTC, and other UTXO-based cryptocurrencies use multiple addresses called change addresses to protect user privacy.
In this article:
- What does the xpub/zpub do?
- What is the difference between an xpub and a zpub?
- How do I export the xpub/zpub?
What does the xpub/zpub do?
You may be asked by Exodus Support to export your xpub or zpub for a particular asset in order to verify that your Exodus wallet balance and history are displaying correctly.
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 complete picture of your wallet's history so you or Exodus Support can understand exactly what is happening with your wallet.
The xpub/zpub key is read-only. It allows the viewing of all your wallet's activity, but it does not grant access to your funds.
While not as important or sensitive as your private keys, be cautious about giving out your xpub or zpub. Anyone who has it can monitor your wallet activity, both past and future.
What is the difference between an xpub and a zpub?
- An xpub is the extended public key to allow viewing of all your Legacy addresses
- A 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 a) open the Asset Menu by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner of your wallet and then b) click on Export XPub.
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.