Find or fix your seed

Your seed is the most imortant part of your Sia node because it controls access to your wallet and files. You need to keep it safe, but there are a few tools you have available to find or fix your Sia seed.

These commands can be used directly in siac. In Sia-UI, open the Terminal from the toolbar on the top of the app.

If Sia is already unlocked

You might use a custom password to access Sia. If you do, you don't often type your seed in and you may need a refresher on what it is.

Unlock your wallet and open the Terminal. Type wallet seeds.

Your seed will be displayed. Make sure you store your seed safely.

Use siac utils

siac utils has a couple commands that can help you troubleshoot your seed.

verify-seed

This will attempt to diagnose an issue with your seed.

Usage ./siac utils verify-seed

You'll be asked to provide your seed, at which point Sia will provide one of the following outputs:

Success
  • No issues detected with your seed - the seed you provided meets all the requirements for a Sia seed, and should be valid
Failure
  • invalid formatting - usually indicative of extra spaces in between words or at the end, or no spaces between words
  • seed is not valid: must be 28 or 29 words - your seed is too short or too long
  • seed is not valid: all words must be lowercase - there is a capital letter somewhere in your seed
  • seed is not valid: illegal character - you have something other than a letter in your seed

bruteforce-seed

If your seed is missing one word, this will attempt to figure out the missing word. This can also be used to check a word you're not sure about, by deleting it and then running this.

Usage ./siac utils bruteforce-seed

You'll be asked to provide your partial seed, and Sia will get to work. It may take a couple of minutes to complete. Sia will provide one of the following outputs:

Success
  • Found valid seed! The missing word was <word>.

Sia will then print the entire correct seed for you to store safely.

Failure
  • No valid seed - the utility was unable to find your missing word
  • Expected 27 or 28 words in partial seed, got <n> - the partial seed you provided was missing more than one word
  • Couldn't read seed - the partial seed you provided was invalid in other ways


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