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Getting started

MultiBit Classic is designed to be as easy to use as possible. It is intended for domestic (or small scale merchant) users who wish to use a desktop computer for their day to day Bitcoin transactions.

This guide will provide you with the first steps you should take after you have installed MultiBit Classic so that you can be confident about how to get things done safely.

Step 1 - Password protect your wallet

When you first open MultiBit Classic a new, empty wallet is created for you called "multibit.wallet". In order to get you started quickly, this wallet will not have a password so it will not be encrypted.

You should now password protect your wallet.

Step 2 - Locate your wallet files

MultiBit Classic is very careful to maintain backups of wallets and as such it is always useful to know where your wallets are being stored.

You can always see the file location of your current wallet in the main title bar of your MultiBit window. For instance, it might say: "MultiBit Classic - My wallet - /Users/jim/Library/Application Support/MultiBit Classic/multibit.wallet". The file name at the end is where your wallet is stored.

Step 3 - Create a new address to receive

Everyone likes to receive bitcoin and MultiBit Classic makes this simple.

The receiving bitcoin article explains how to generate new receiving addresses and how to keep track of them.

Step 4 - Send some bitcoin

Spending bitcoin on goods and services helps to keep the Bitcoin economy growing. The first time you decide to send some bitcoin can be a little daunting so it is worth having a practice with a small amount beforehand.

The sending bitcoin article explains how sending bitcoin to someone is done.


That's all there is to it. MultiBit Classic will alert you if there is a newer version available and we recommend that you keep your version up to date as the developers are continuously improving it. If you encounter any problems, the main help contents provide answers to many common questions and you should have a look there first.

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