Create, Backup & Restore

First Time Open XLite

Windows
MacOS
  1. Open the Finder from the dock, then click on Applications on the left side of the Finder window to reveal a screen like this: Finder
  2. Scroll down to locate the XLite application, then right-click (trackpad two-finger-tap) on XLite and select Open to reveal a message like this: Finder

    Note: If you see the message below instead of the one above, click OK and repeat step 2 above.

    Finder

  3. Click Open (This is safe, assuming you have verified your download).

Tip: After opening XLite the first time as above, you can now use the Launchpad to open XLite in the future.

The above procedure was only necessary due to security precautions your Mac takes when opening a new application for the first time.

Linux

If you downloaded and installed the .AppImage or the .deb file,

  • Double-click on the XLite icon wherever you installed it in the Installation step.

If you downloaded and installed XLite from the .tar.gz file,

  1. In a Terminal window, type cd <install-dir>/XLite-x.x.x-linux where install-dir is the directory where you moved the XLite-x.x.x-linux directory after extracting it, and x.x.x. is the version you downloaded.
  2. Type, ./xlite to run the application.

The first time you open XLite after installing it, you'll see this screen:

Create New XLite Wallet

Here you have the option to either create a brand new wallet, or create wallet from mnemonic (a.k.a. restore an old wallet).

Tip: To change the password of an existing XLite wallet, ensure you have backed up your wallet's 12 word mnemonic passphrase, then follow the instructions below to Create wallet from mnemonic (a.k.a. Restore an old wallet)

Create New Wallet

  1. Choose a password for your wallet and enter it in both the Enter password box and the Repeat password box
  2. Click Create Wallet

Create wallet from mnemonic (a.k.a. Restore an old wallet)

  1. Click Create wallet from mnemonic to display this screen: Create wallet from mnemonic
  2. On this screen, follow these steps to restore your old wallet (with a new password of your choice):
    1. Choose a password for your wallet and enter it in both the Enter password box and the Repeat password box
    2. Enter the 12 word mnemonic passphrase of the XLite wallet you want to restore
    3. Click Create Wallet
Warning: Before adding funds you your XLite wallet, be sure to back up your 12 word mnemonic passphrase for wallet recovery.

Back up Wallet

After opening and unlocking XLite, you'll see a screen something like this:

XLite Dashboard

To back up your wallet's 12 word mnemonic passphrase:

  1. Select Settings->Backup
  2. Enter your password.
  3. Click Download backup file.
  4. Select Download location
  5. Click Save
  6. Make copies of your wallet's mnemonic phrase to at least 3 physically different locations. You can copy the mnemonic phrase backup file to a private USB thumb drive (preferably encrypting it first). You can also print or write your mnemonic phrase on pieces of paper and store them in different locations.
  7. After storing your mnemonic phrase in 3+ locations, delete the mnemonic phrase backup file from your computer, then empty the trash! Leave no trace of your 12 word mnemonic phrase on your computer in an unencrypted form.
Force Creation of a New XLite Wallet
Tip: Force Creation of a New XLite Wallet.

On rare occasion, you may want to force a brand new wallet to be created. For Example, maybe you can't remember your password, lost your mnemonic passphrase, and don't have any funds in your XLite wallet worth saving. In such a case, you can force a new wallet to be created by moving (or removing) both the CloudChains and xlite directories. Moving/renaming those directories is recommended, but if you are 100% certain there are no funds in your XLite wallet that might be worth saving, you can remove/delete those directories.

The locations of the CloudChains and xlite directories are as follows:

  • Windows: %appdata%

  • MacOS: ~/Library/Application Support/

  • Linux: ~/.config/

Once you have moved or removed the CloudChains and xlite directories, the next time you start XLite you'll see the screen from which you can create a brand new wallet

XLite Configuration Complete!

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