How to Set Up a Split Bitcoin Wallet in Qubes
What is a “Split” Bitcoin Wallet?
A “split” bitcoin wallet is a strategy of protecting your bitcoin by having your wallet split into an offline “cold storage” wallet and an online “watching only” wallet.
A “Watching” Wallet and a “Cold” Wallet
Create a Debian 8 backports template using the Qubes VM Manager or running
qvm-clone debian-8 debian-8-backportsin dom0.
Add backports to the sources for the new template by opening a terminal in the new template, run
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.listand add
deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main.
(If you are new to
vitext editing, type
ito be able to edit, and when done editing press
Update source list:
sudo apt-get update.
sudo apt-get -t jessie-backports install electrum.
shut down your
offline-bitcoinqube based on
debian-8-backportsusing the Qubes VM Manager or running
qvm-create -t debian-8-backports -l black offline-bitcoinand
qvm-prefs -s offline-bitcoin netvm nonein dom0.
watching-bitcoinqubes based on
debian-8-backportsconnecting to the internet how ever you prefer using the Qubes VM Manager or running for example
qvm-create -t debian-8-backports -l green watching-bitcoinand
qvm-prefs -s watching-bitcoin netvm sys-whonixin dom0.
- The private keys (xpriv) should never be moved outside of
- For copying out the public keys (xpub), Qubes provides two secure, convenient methods: the inter-VM clipboard and inter-VM file copy tools. Compared to traditional physically air-gapped machines, these tools makes it very easy to copy out public keys.