Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Crypto Wallets, Backup, & Recovery: What is a Crypto Wallet Derivation Path?

A simple backup of your cryptowallet seed or key might not be enough to keep you out of crypto wallet trouble. This is because different wallets use different "derivation paths". So what is a derivation path? How is it different from a wallet seed? What do you need to know about them to maintain access to your funds?

The Bitcoin BIP43 & BIP44 standard derivation path: m/44'/0'/0'/0

0:00 What is a derivation path?
4:24 The BIP43 and BIP44 standard
7:45 One great option
8:28 Other options

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