NEXUS DESKTOP WALLET

How to Install the Nexus Desktop Wallet

Windows Instructions

Prerequisites:
Before running the wallet, please consider space limitations and load times. Your disk storage must have available space to store all data including the full blockchain which is currently around 3GB in size.

Step 1
Download the wallet from the latest release listed in the Github link above. For Windows you would download the following file:

nexus-qt.exe

Step 2
Save or move the program to a location of your choosing. You can run the Nexus wallet executable from any location that you wish, including directly from your Desktop.

Step 3 (Recommended)
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 for the synchronization process.

  • Download a copy of the recent blockchain database (recent.zip) and save it to a location of your choosing. It may be helpful to store this in the same place where you put the wallet program.

  • Create the Nexus data folder in the appropriate location. If you have previously run the wallet program, this folder will already exist.

    Windows 2000 and XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\{your login}\Application Data\NexusWindows

    Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10:
    C:\Users\{your login}\AppData\Roaming\Nexus

    Or hold down the Win key and press R (Win + R). In the run box, type %AppData% and press enter. This will open the correct location where you should create the Nexus folder.

  • Right click on the recent.zip file that you downloaded and choose “Extract all”. Save the files to the Nexus data folder. You should now have the following files and folders inside of your Nexus application data folder:

    datachain/
    keychain/
    blk0001.dat
    blk0002.dat

Step 4
You can now start your wallet. If you downloaded the database copy in Step 3, it should be able to complete synchronization in a short time. Otherwise it may take as much as a few days. Once it has completed synchronizing, a green check mark icon will appear in the lower right corner.

Step 5
Encrypt your wallet.dat file. Click the “Settings” menu, then “Encrypt Wallet”. Encrypting your wallet will lock it, requiring a password to send transactions. Do not forget or lose this password, or you will lose access to your wallet balance. The password is recommended to be a passphrase for improved security.

Step 6
Backup your wallet.dat file. Click the “File” menu, then “Backup Wallet”. This file contains the private keys to the addresses in your wallet. You may wish to keep a secure copy of your password somewhere in case you forget it or someone else (your spouse, for example) ever needs it. You can also save your wallet.dat file to a USB or other backup device.

You should backup your wallet.dat file again any time you create – or a Genesis transaction creates (see “staking” in the Nexus FAQ) – a new address. It is recommended to create a new file for each backup, in case of any issues, for instance by naming each backup wallet-yyyy-mm-dd.dat.

Step 7
When your wallet is set up, synced, encrypted, and backed up, you must unlock it with your password to stake or to send transactions. For staking, your wallet and computer must run continuously. It is recommended to unlock the wallet “for minting only” so that sending transactions stays locked. You will still receive your staking transactions.

To unlock your wallet for minting only, click the “Settings” menu, then “Unlock Wallet”. In the popup window ensure to check the “Unlock for Mint Only” option, then enter your password and click “OK”. After your wallet is unlocked for minting the staking icon in the bottom right will change to a staking clock. This indicates staking is enabled.

Mac OSX Instructions

Prerequisites: Before running the wallet, please consider space limitations and load times. Your disk storage must have available space to store all data including the full blockchain which is currently around 3GB in size.

Step 1
Download the wallet from the latest release listed in the Github link above. For Mac OSX you would download the following file:

nexus-qt.dmg

Step 2
Click on the nexus-qt.dmg file to open it. You will see a window with two icons. Drag the “nexus-qt” icon and drop it onto the “Applications” icon to install the Nexus wallet into your Applications folder, and allows the application to show on your Launchpad.

Step 3 (Recommended)
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 for the synchronization process.

  • Download a copy of the recent blockchain database (recent.zip) and save it to a location of your choosing. It may be helpful to store this in the same place where you downloaded the nexus-qt.dmg file.

  • Open the Terminal application from your Launchpad. The easiest way to find it is to open Launchpad, then type “Terminal” in the search field at the top. Once located, click on the Terminal application to launch it.

  • Type the following command and press Enter, replacing the folder and filename (~/Downloads/recent.zip) with the folder and filename you used when downloading the recent database.

    unzip ~/Downloads/recent.zip -d ~/Library/Application/Support/Nexus

    When done, you should have the following files and folders inside of your Nexus application data folder:

    datachain/
    keychain/
    blk0001.dat
    blk0002.dat

Step 4
You can now start your wallet by opening Launchpad and clicking on the “nexus-qt” icon. If you downloaded the database copy in Step 3, it should be able to complete synchronization in a short time. Otherwise it may take as much as a few days. Once it has completed synchronizing, a green check mark icon will appear in the lower right corner.

If you receive an error that “nexus-qt” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, click “OK” and perform the following steps to allow this the application to run. This only needs to be done once.

  • Open the “System Preferences” app
  • Click on the “Security & Privacy” icon
  • On the “General” tab you may see the following:

    “Nexus-qt” was blocked from opening because it is not from an identified developer

  • Click on the “Open Anyway” button next to the message

  • You should see “nexus-qt” begin to open, but will see a warning with an “Open” or “Cancel” option. Click the “Open” button to open the application.

Step 5
Encrypt your wallet.dat file. Click the “Settings” menu, then “Encrypt Wallet”. Encrypting your wallet will lock it, requiring a password to send transactions. Do not forget or lose this password, or you will lose access to your wallet balance. The password is recommended to be a passphrase for improved security.

Step 6
Backup your wallet.dat file. Click the “File” menu, then “Backup Wallet”. This file contains the private 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 can also save your wallet.dat file to a USB or other backup device.

You should backup your wallet.dat file again any time you create – or a Genesis transaction creates (see “staking” in the Nexus FAQ) – a new address. It is recommended to create a new file for each backup, in case of any issues, for instance by naming each backup wallet-yyyy-mm-dd.dat.

Step 7
When your wallet is set up, synced, encrypted, and backed up, you must unlock it with your password to stake or to send transactions. For staking, your wallet and computer must run continuously. It is recommended to unlock the wallet “for minting only” so that sending transactions stays locked. You will still receive your staking transactions.

To unlock your wallet for minting only, click the “Settings” menu, then “Unlock Wallet”. In the popup window ensure to check the “Unlock for Mint Only” option, then enter your password and click “OK”. After your wallet is unlocked for minting the staking icon in the bottom right will change to a staking clock. This indicates staking is enabled.

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