Welcome to the EXO Economy!
This is a quick start guide to getting your wallet set up. Keep in mind this guide is meant to help you with basic operations and functionality for your EXOS wallet, has been developed over time, and answers many of the setup questions you may come across. You can provide feedback about how to extend this guide or ask any questions by emailing email@example.com. A video recorded version of this guide is available here.
Please join the EXOS community conversation!
Here you’ll find updates, both technical and social, about the EXOS Token and blockchain project. You can also find people to trade with, ask support questions, and discuss the project with other community members and the technical team. Everyone is free to join this open community. Note this is an entirely separate application from the EXOS-QT Wallet, where you will manage tokens.
An early stage website for the EXO Economy is beginning here:
Here you will find initial public information about the EXO project. This page will evolve, and we appreciate input around what you would find valuable here.
View EXO blockchain stats here:
Here you’ll find a number of interesting statistics that help indicate speed, health, and distribution of the blockchain.
Download: https://github.com/exofoundation/EXOS-Qt/releases (V184.108.40.206 is now live!)
Mac: Operating System 10.12.x or higher
Linux: Ubuntu (please find instructions pinned in Discord under #exos-qt channel)
After download and install, you will need to give your computer permission to open the application file the first time you open it. This may include disabling any anti-virus software you have running.
For Windows: My Computer > Applications > EXOS-Qt > Allow Access
For Mac: Finder > Applications > EXOS-Qt (right click) > Open > (follow prompts to allow the application to open)
Once the wallet is installed, open it and allow a few minutes for it to sync with the latest information from the network.
...then you’re ready to play!
This is what you’ll see when you first open the wallet.
A check mark will appear when your wallet has synced. Keep in mind the number shown will be higher than shown above, and will increase over time.
PATH: Receive > New Address > (create label) > Ok [Note: you do not need to type anything in the Address field]
It is recommended to generate a brand new address each time you receive tokens, and to not use the address auto-generated by the wallet. This is not necessary, but keeps your tokens, transactions, and identity most secure. This also means that you should regularly backup your wallet, since the tokens in your wallet and backup files are tied to each respective receiving address (this is how the data is tracked in the blockchain).
Sending tokens requires two things: 1) the EXOS receiving address of the person or wallet that you want to send tokens, and 2) an active internet connection.
It is recommended to send a small test (0.01 or less) transaction to any new address before sending a larger number of tokens, then asking the receiver to verify that the correct amount was received. This helps ensure the tokens ultimately do end up where you want them to go.
Before your tokens can be sent, you will need to accept these two notifications:
Confirms you really do want to send tokens to the specified address
You are aware of and accept the transaction fee amount for this particular transaction
Pay To: Input the EXOS address you want to send tokens to in this field.
Label: Create a memorable label for the address so you can find it in your Address Book and transaction history later.
Amount: Here is where to input the number of tokens you want to send out.
PATH: Settings > Encrypt Wallet > (create passphrase)
if you forget this password, you will lose your tokens. Nobody can retrieve this for you.
Encryption is recommended as soon as you have any tokens, and before you make any backups.
Encryption will apply to all backup files created after the password is set. If you create a backup that is not encrypted, anyone with access to the file will be able to use any tokens that have been received at addresses saved within the file.
This means your file is unencrypted and the wallet is unlocked.
This means your file is encrypted and the wallet is locked.
PATH: File > Backup Wallet > (create backup file name + select location)
Encrypt your wallet before creating a backup. Anybody who gets access to the file can use any tokens that have been received at addresses saved within the file if not encrypted. Never share or send an unencrypted backup file.
It is recommended to regularly backup your wallet and to store your backup files on a different device than the one you run your main wallet from (USB stick, external hard drive). You can technically store your backups in the Cloud, though for security reasons it is not recommended.
Restoring a backup is needed if your primary wallet or computer fails, or if you’d like to access your tokens from a different computer, or if any other file failure happens. The wallet files are located under the following directories, respectively based on your computer’s operating system:
IMPORTANT: (replace “username” with your particular username between < >)
/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/EXOS/ (Can’t find the “Library” folder? Try this)
Make sure your EXOS-QT wallet is closed
Once you have found the particular space from the directory above, you will see a file called “wallet.dat”. You will need to rename this file to something else (anything.dat)
After renaming the original file, drag your backup file into the same location as the (anything.dat) file
Now, rename your backup file to “wallet.dat”
Re-open the EXOS-QT wallet and the backup should now be active
If you had originally encrypted your wallet (recommended!), your backups will also be protected with the same password.
Backups are not operating system specific, so you can restore a backup from one operating system to a different one with ease.
Staking (highly encouraged!)
The EXOS Blockchain runs on Proof of Stake. In simple terms, this means you can leverage the tokens in your wallet (also can be thought of as ‘bonding your tokens’) to support the health and security of the network and participate in ‘moving the chain forward’, potentially earning EXOS tokens for your service (staking rewards), along the way (1 EXOS per block created). Staking is essential to the function of the blockchain.
The wallet software must be open, unlocked, and connected to the internet in order to stake. If you’ve put tokens in ‘Reserve’ in your QT Wallet preferences, these tokens will not stake. If tokens are staking, they are for that moment unspendable.
Your wallet is encrypted and locked. Unlock the wallet to start staking.
Your wallet is unlocked but your tokens are not eligible for staking. Tokens must reach 51 confirmations before they become ‘mature’.
Your wallet is unlocked, connected, and you are staking!
Important Best Practices
Never share your passphrase with anybody, even if that person is trying to support/help you. Nobody (technical or otherwise) should ever ask you for it.
It is highly recommended to never share your balance publicly (social networks, forums, etc.). If your tokens have value (even if only perceived), this could make you a target. Keep this as private as possible.
Update to the latest version of the wallet each time a new version is released. If you don’t stay up to date, your wallet will eventually stop syncing with the network.
The best place to ask questions about wallet functionality is in the EXOS Discord group because you’ll have the power of answers from both the technical team and the community. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.