Getting Your Posting Key - Made Easy

10 months ago

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!


it is really helpful.

followed and upvoted

pls follow me.


Thanks for this post, now I know how to grab my private posting key :)

Man how does one CONTINUE to upvote an awesome article?? This content is still valuable even if it is past 7 days old!

Thank you! Found useful as I needed to learn this for DTube signup.

Obrigado ! ajudou o brasileiro perdido !


Very cool - glad this post is still useful!


Heh, same here!


me three

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


Same here.

Followed and upvoted

pls follow me.

Thanks :D

Great guide! I bet this is useful for the people who have not yet figured out how to access these keys :) Thanks for writing this!

Very usefull article. You explaine quiet simply.


Thanks! I am glad older posts are still useful to people :)

glad to have found this :)


This post has new life!


Thank you

Thanks for the very helpful post @rgeddes. I'm now following you. Please keep posting such useful stuff !

Thank you! Couldn't figure this out, so this post really helped a ton.

nice one. Thanks

Thanks so much for this post, it really helped me @rgeddes

Muchas gracias 👍🏻

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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Thank you

Thanks for the help, I logged into dTube for the first time thanks to this!

Thanks. It helped me to get into Dtube.

Make sure to thumbs this guy up this is really helpful and straight forward.

I love you @rgeddes

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!!

Upvoted and followed.

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. :(


Thank you very much! this was so useful. I'm new to Steem and this helped me sign into Dtube. love the comunity and glad to be here to support it!

Thanks It was helpful for signing up for dtube. Like if you are here for the same reason.

It was a helpful post.

Very Helpful, Thank you! (upvoted and resteemed)

Very useful.Upvoted and followed.

thanks! very usefull!

Great post. Saved my life. Thanks and followed.

Thanks for the post. This helped me in finding the private key easily.

Thank you! i nedded this info to login Dtube! ;)

Thanks mate. Now i am able to login to dtube.

Thank you!! Really saved me some time in finding the private key!

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!

Thank you very much Mr. @rgeddes, this was really helpful for my DTube account!

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!

Thank you for your post. I've only been here for a few days, and I was wondering why I couldn't logon to dtube.

Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

Very helpful, thanks for posting this.

Thank you very much.


Thank you for this, it was really easy and useful guide

Thanks, very easy to follow

Thanks so much, sometimes you just need a really simple guide! Took me 7 articles, but I found you!

Clear, easy, useful. Thanx!