HOW TO INSTALL THE NEXUS DESKTOP WALLET
Step 1 – Download the appropriate wallet for your operating system.
Step 2 – Move the program to a location of your choosing. You may install the wallet program wherever you prefer. Before running the wallet, please consider space limitations and load times. Your disk storage must have available space to store all data including the blockchain, which is currently ~3GB.
On the Windows OS, the wallet saves data to the “
On macOS, data is saved to the “
~/Library/Application Support/Nexus" folder.
If you wish to store this information in another location, you can create a symbolic link.
(optional) Using Windows, follow these steps:
- Open a command prompt as administrator
mklink /D %appdata%\Nexus drive:\new\location\path
(optional) On macOS, follow these steps:
- Open the Terminal application
ln -s '~/Library/Application Support/Nexus' '/new/location/path'
Step 3 (optional) – Before running the wallet, we recommend downloading the blockchain database manually. Nexus Earth maintains a copy of the blockchain data which can save many hours from the synchronization process. Download the recent blockchain database here.
Step 4 (optional) – Extract the database file. The database is compressed in .zip or .rar format, so you may need a program like 7zip to extract the contents. Please extract it to the Nexus folder, as outlined in step 2.
Step 5 – You can now start your wallet. After it loads, it should be able to complete synchronization in a short time. This may still take a couple of hours. Once it has completed synchronizing, a green check mark icon will appear in the lower right corner.
Step 6 – Encrypt your
wallet.dat file. This can be done under the Settings menu. Encrypting your wallet will lock it, requiring a password to send transactions. Do not forget or lose this password, or you will lose access your wallet balance.
Step 7 – Backup your
wallet.dat file. This can be done under the File menu. This file contains the keys to the addresses in your wallet. You may wish to keep a secure copy of your password somewhere, too, in case you forget it or someone else (your spouse, for example) ever needs it.
You should back up your
wallet.dat file again any time you create – or a Genesis transaction creates (see “staking” in the Nexus FAQ) – a new address.