Getting Your Posting Key - Made Easy

in steemit-guides •  last year

Most people use their active key to access their account when they really should be using their private key. @pfunk wrote the first guide I ever read to keys click here.

I put this together after teaching my father how to get his posting key . Most external apps will require this key - the great thing about it is you can change it anytime rendering it useless for other services. My project requires the posting key (it is a post scheduler) - it is also useful if you ever branch out in the world of autovotes or you decide to login to Steemit the secure way!

Step 1

Login to your Steemit account with the key you typically use.

Step 2

In the top right corner there is a menu drop down box (from you profile pic or name). Click on this box and then click on wallet. Alternatively you can go to .

Step 3

Make sure you are on the Wallet tab - you will see in the image below that it is underlined in Yellow. Circled in yellow with an arrow pointing to it is the Permissions link. Click on this link.

Step 4

You will see a series of keys - the first one is or the "Posting Key" which is what you want. It will start with the letter "S" if it is showing the public key (as underlined in yellow). Click on the box circled in yellow that says "Show Private Key".

Step 5

If you followed the instructions correctly and everything worked - you will see the private key. In the image below underlined in yellow is the number 5 at the begining of the key. You will know you are looking at your private key if it begins with the number 5 - cut and past this number to your notepad - or whever you need it! You can now logout of your Steemit account.


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this was quite helpful in gaining access to ChainBB. thanks for the clear and simple guide!


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Still helpful in year 2018 and will be in coming years.


Thanks - this seems to be the post that keeps on giving! The interface looks a little different now - but same process.. Glad I have helped so many with this howto!


@rgeddes Thanks to you mate. keep informing us with valuable facts.

I do that and still it says user doesn't exist, lame if you ask me

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So easy, yet so hard to get to it, thanks!

Thank for the super clear instructions but tried to use this to log into DTube and it wouldn't work, perhaps a glitch with DTube...

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so is this okay to have my video on youtube and Dtube both..will the youtube monetisation effect?

Very good, but how do I change it to a password I can remember. Also can I change the original Log in password that was created to another one I can remember. If so how?


Unfortunately its not possible.. Steemit uses really long keys for everything - thats why I made this guide ;)

Thank you for your guide!!

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Thanks for the guide but it still doesn't help me. I no longer get the error but the form fails to work. Doesn't do anything once I click the submit button. :(

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Pretty much everyone should come here next after registering with Steemit, been trying to figure out how to login mobile and Dtube for a minute. Thanks!

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Wallet tab is not there anymore ?

Thanks so much for this post, @rgeddes - it was very helpful as I couldn't find my key when trying to access DTube for the first time!

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What I was Looking For!!!

Upvoted and followed.

I have read some posts about getting the posting key, but your post @rgeddes is the clearest and easiest to understand. Thanks and well done!


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See i cannot thank you steemit buddies enough.
I'm new on steemit and it seems all my problems have been experienced by someone before who solved it and recognizing the universality of this problem, he made the solution available for all to get the benefit of it. It's an important lesson I've learnt here on steemit. Indeed "i'm sitting under a shade because someone planted a tree years ago" - warren buffet ....So let's all start planting steemians

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Thanks once again.

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I see some apps requesting this key. I assume it is a security risk to give this out?


Its a risk to give any information out - however - if your key is compromised in some way - you are easily able to change your keys (as long as you dont give out your master key). I don't ever recall reading about an app being accused of stealing/compromising data. Its a really small community so I wouldn't be over-concerned about it.

Thanks, my guy!

Thank's I was confused about it when I tried to login to DTUBE. Awesome explaination :)


Thanks! I wrote a bunch of step by step tutorials for various things on Steemit.. the post never made that much - but its got close to 6k views ;)

Thanks for help :)

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I came to this guide because of ChainBB - thank you. I had no idea about these key and wondered what they were for and when to use them. Thanks so much


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Thanks :D

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I am a little surprised they don't have these in a section in the FAQ and introduction. I had to search for the answer when I saw that you could even create different keys. This is an important concept to understand. What I also would like to know is what is the original password that I created - is that the private key to the owner key? A lot of people are probably signing up to without a lot of crypto and security background, and even someone with a security background I had to search for the info. I would have expected it to show up in the email I got when I set up my password - or on the instruction page when I finished the password set up. Also, links to it from the password change page...

Thanx this was great! I wish I could resteem it. There should be a fix for that glitch, for really informative or fabulous articles.

Thanx Homie, really helped me. was helpful

Hi, I'm new on steemit for the purpose to support a free youtube-ish platform, so I tried to sign up at It really confused me, that I couldn't sign up with my password, wich steemit generated safely. I searched for the tag "private posting key" and found this article.
it was really really helpful, so the first thing i did was to upvote it.
now I'm gonna explore and support other good content.

thanks again,

I was looking for posting key since this morning. Good thing I found your post tonight. I can log in to my steepshot. Thank you. This post is indeed helpful

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