How to Generate a Bitcoin Vanity Address

By Tiana Laurence

A Bitcoin vanity address is like having a personalized license plate for your car. It is a Bitcoin address that has a string of numbers or letters that appeals to you. A vanity address is optional, but a fun way to see your message in Bitcoin. There are a several free ways to create a Bitcoin wallet vanity address. To create your vanity address using BitcoinVanityGen.com, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the BitcoinVanityGen.com website.
  2. Enter six letters into the Type Letters field.

    Bitcoin only allows for small messages, and your vanity address will make up the content of your message, which you can easily read in Bitcoin.

    Choose something cool because you can reuse your address whenever you want after it has been created.

  3. Click Generate.
  4. Click Email.
  5. Enter your email address.

    BitcoinVanityGen.com emails you when your vanity address has been found.
  6. Click the link in the email from BitcoinVanityGen.com.

    You’ll be given your new vanity address and the private key associated with the address.

  7. Copy your address and private key, and keep them in a safe place.
    You will need your address and private key.

Never share your private keys! Save your private key and a public key someplace safe. Use your public key to receiving or send Bitcoins. (You can share your public Bitcoin keys as much as you want.) The private key is the actual keys to your Bitcoins. If your private key is stolen or lost, you’ve lost your coins forever.

Cryptocurrency is unforgiving. Start off with small amounts of money when you’re learning how to use these systems.