How To Import Accounts In Parity

Parity is one of the many Ethereum clients. It is written in the Rust language, which offers improved reliability, performance, and code clarity. Parity is being developed by Ethcore, which was founded by several members of the Ethereum Foundation.

In this guide, the procedure for importing existing Ethereum accounts in Parity (Windows) will be shown. If you have not installed Parity, please refer to “How To Install Parity In Windows“.

For the purpose of this guide, I will be importing the account that is generated in “Creating An Account With MyEtherWallet“. You can proceed to the end of that post to download the keystore file and/or copy the raw private key.

Windows – Method 1

Step 1: Locate your existing keystore files for your existing Ethereum accounts (that are not in Parity yet)

Keystore files are encrypted version of your private keys. Malicious people will NOT be able to access your account with your keystore file only. They will need your keystore file AND the corresponding password for the file.

Note: This also means that if you lose your password for the file, the account is permanently gone. You have been warned.

Step 2: Navigate to the Parity folder

The Parity folder is typically stored at: C:\Users\<YOUR USER>\.parity. Note that you might need to enable viewing of hidden files to see this folder. Dump your keystore files into the “keys” folder.

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Step 3: Check back to Parity to see your newly imported account

Restart Parity by closing Parity via the taskbar icon and opening the Parity.exe file (via Desktop shortcut or otherwise). You should see your account showing up in the Parity window.

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Windows – Method 2

Step 1: Locate your existing keystore files and/or private keys for your existing Ethereum accounts (that are not in Parity yet)

Keystore files are encrypted version of your private keys. Malicious people will NOT be able to access your account with your keystore file only. They will need your keystore file AND the corresponding password for the file.

Note: This also means that if you lose your password for the file, the account is permanently gone. You have been warned.

A malicious actor with the private key will mean that all the funds (Ether and/or tokens) in the corresponding Ethereum account are as good as theirs. Do not divulge your private key to anyone! (maybe.. except to your wife)

Step 2: Navigate to the main page of Parity

Click on the “New Account”.

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Step 3: Choose if you are importing a keystore file (backup JSON file) or a raw private key

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Step 4A: Select “Import account from a backup JSON file”

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Step 5A: Fill in the details to import the backup JSON file into Parity

Remember to click the “paper clip” icon to attach the keystore file.

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Step 6A: You are done!

The keystore file is imported.

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