Sunday, December 16, 2018

Zcash Wallets

The complete list of Zcash Wallets. There are two kinds of addresses in Zcash: Transparent and Private. Private Addresses start with the Letter Z,Transparent starts with the letter T,choose the wallet that fits your personal needs.

Internet Wallets – Are the fastest way to start accepting Zcash. Many of the websites below also have an App you can download for your phone to manage your Zcash. Be sure to use strong passwords and enable 2-factor authentication when it is available. CryptoCompare has a nice guide to help you research before choosing.

Web based applications/wallets that work with Zcash Transparent Addresses:

 

Hardware Wallets – Hardware wallets are the safest way to store your Zcash and other cryptocurrencies. The main drawback (for now) is that they only support Zcash Transparent Addresses and they cost between $79-$139.  You purchase a physical device which has a number of safeguards to prevent theft and have emergency steps you can take to recover your Zcash if your device is lost:

Local Wallets – These Wallets run the Zcash client and a full network node on your Computer. These are a little more technical to set-up and use. To use Zcashs Private Addresses you will need to download one of these:


Official Zcash Client; Linux

WinZEC; Windows


ZcashQT Wallet; Linux, Windows, Mac


ZECmate; Linux, Windows, Mac

Note: The first link above is for the Official Zcash Client on Linux, here is the Official User Guide.

WinZEC is open source from David Mercer you can find a guide to use it HERE

ZcashQT Wallet is open source from adityapk00

ZECmate Wallet is closed source from ZelCash team

Kozyilmaz is open source Mac version.

You can find a list of the API commands to use with these Zcash wallets Here

 

The awesome folks over at Zencash have sponsored ports of their nice Zencash GUI wallet to work with Zcash! These ports are for Linux, Windows, and Mac (NOTE: These may not be Sapling Compatible) and include cool new features like messaging in an easy to read format. Windows and Mac are easy one-click installs, for Linux you need to have zcashd installed prior to running:

Be sure to perform regular Backups of your wallet.

If you like to dig into code there are some very cool Zcash wallet projects that you can use:

Exchange Wallets – Exchange wallets are one of the easiest to set up because all you have to do is create an account with one of the many Exchanges that support Zcash. After you create an account it is very simple to generate an address to receive/spend or trade Zcash. At the moment only one exchange Shapeshift.io supports payment to Private Addresses

IMPORTANT: The most important thing you need to keep in mind about wallets is that by using a wallet (whether on your own computer, on an app, or on an exchange) YOU are acting as your own Bank. If you lose, misplace, forget your password, or are somehow hacked then your Zcash will be lost forever. Be very careful when dealing with wallets be sure to perform regular Backups and always use strong passwords to help protect yourself.

Here are a few videos explaining how to create and use the different types of wallets:

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