To claim Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) if you own your private keys, you’ll need to configure the official BSV wallet. To claim via a third party, follow their directions. There is a lot that could go wrong, so take a breath and don’t do anything without thinking it through.

Below we’ll walk you through how to claim Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) safely.

In short, the method for claiming your SV differs by where you kept your BCH before the snapshot.

If you had it on an exchange or third party wallet, you need to follow their directions.

With exchanges you’ll do nothing and it is a matter of waiting.

With third party wallets you must follow the directions on their official website very carefully.

If you had your BCH in a wallet where you owned your private keys, then it is a little more complicated.

First you need to download the official BSV wallet. You can choose another wallet that is BSV friendly where you control your private keys in theory, but at this point using anything other than the official wallet is dangerous (BEWARE FAKE SV WALLETS; people will lose all their BCH ABC and BSV rushing to find a wallet that can’t be found with a simple search, scammers do this every fork, if you were in control of your private keys use the official Github wallets below only to be safe).

The official Bitcoin SV wallet software can be found here https://github.com/bitcoin-sv/bitcoin-sv/releases (that is the Bitcoin SV Release 0.1.0). NOTE: To fully complete the process you may also need to download the ABC wallet. See the official Bitcoin ABC wallet softwarehttps://github.com/Bitcoin-ABC/bitcoin-abc/releases (Bitcoin ABC 0.18.2). Also, if needed, the official Bitcoin Unlimited wallet software can be found here: https://github.com/BitcoinUnlimited/BitcoinUnlimited/releases.

NOTE: As time goes along there may be newer version of the above wallets, if it is on the official Github, you can download the newest version.

All that covered, if you want to confirm anything on SV, the Official Bitcoin SV website is https://bitcoinsv.io/. You can also see an official list of third party wallets and exchanges that support SV.

Once you have your software ready (either you have done the research and have the link to click, or you have the file downloaded and everything installed), you can follow these directions on how to safely claim crypto forks carefully.

With that in mind, if you are dealing with your private keys and had to search for “how do I claim my Bitcoin SV,” and especially if you aren’t in a rush to sell/trade, then I suggest doing nothing until the dust settles (because what you need to do to be extra safe is a little high level right now).

Not only can you run into issues by not knowing what you are doing (not a big problem if you methodically follow best practices for claiming forks), but you can run into issues even if you know how to claim a fork due to other necessary steps like like not protecting yourself against replay protection (Neither chain implemented replay protection at first, that meant sending BCH and BSV carried an extra risk… and since part of best practices of claiming a fork involves moving funds, a chain not having replay protection adds in another complication NOTE: See the update below for more details).

Long story short, if you don’t know what you are doing to any extent, and you didn’t have your BCH on an exchange or in a third party wallet you trust, for now the best bet for you might just be to do nothing.

For those who want to brave it, it is a matter of 1. downloading the ABC and BSV wallets, waiting for the blockchain to load, and then importing your existing Bitcoin Cash private keys (this is the same general solution for every fork), and 2. in this fork specifically, taking measures to protect your funds, including protecting yourself against replays and moving your existing BCH before you import your private keys.

I’ll update this page as things get a little more user friendly 🙂

UPDATE ON REPLAY PROTECTION: Bitcoin SV stated that they were implementing replay protection sometime after this article was written. However, they then said that Bitcoin Cash (BCHABC) still hasn’t implement replay protection. For me things are still a little fuzzy on what exactly is going on. I think the bottom line here is that if you are going to claim the fork, do a quick read up on the state of replay protection with both BCH (ABC) and BSV. With that in mind, BSV has covered “coin splitting” on their site, and that is a good place to start your research. When a chain adds replay protection, they take care of the coin splitting process for users, however, users can manually use coin splitting tools to do this themselves. That said, the BSV site, like our site, still recommends “waiting.” So bottom line, 1. you can technically claim your SV now, but 2. general wisdom still says “wait.”

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Gunther on

Hi, Can you help me regarding an issue I have with bitcoinsv dot network [edited] They kept my coins on their wallet…and did not ever let me withdraw my BTC abc and SV after I used their wallet to split my BCH.

NOW…they are gone! Their website does not work anymore, and they took my coins!

They looked 100 percent official while they existed.

Any suggestions, or am I just plainly out of luck and my coins are gone forever…stolen by these vipers?

Thank you so much for any advice and assistance you may be able to provide.

Mr G. [edited]

Thomas DeMichele on

Above I give the warning about malware and fake wallets… unfortunately this is exactly what I’m talking about.

There is no official SV wallet aside from the software on the Github.

Otherwise we are talking third party wallets and exchanges.

In general if you put your coins in a malicious wallet, they are gone.

In general it is best practices to approach new coins very carefully. Make sure you have the official site and Github, double and triple check, google the link, and then follow best practices in terms of moving your existing balances before you import your keys.

This fork was one of the more complicated ones, because of the showdown between ABC and SV and the lack of replay protection, so you certainly aren’t alone in making a mistake. If that makes you feel better.

Elfrida Abor on

Please is there a way to recover my BCH? Actually my BCH was in my coinomi wallet during the BCH Fork. I tried to send BSV to the BSV Wallet within my coinomi wallet and I discovered that all my BCH was also send to the same wallet(replayed). Please what do I do?

Elfrida Abor on

While sending BSV to the BSV Wallet within my coinomi wallet, I discovered same amount of BCH was sent to the same address. Is there a way to recover my BCH. I only discovered about spliting after I had initiated the above transaction

Thomas DeMichele on

I have to research this. I am pretty sure funds have been lost once this happens… however, there might be a way for Coinomi to help. Have you tried opening a ticket with them?

https://coinomi.freshdesk.com/support/home