Ravencoin — Bug in 12 Words (Android Wallet Only)

Tron Black
2 min readOct 2, 2019

The Ravencoin team found a bug in the file that defines the 12-words. Somewhere along the way one of the words got replaced. Specifically “text” was replaced with the word “address”.

Because of the way the 12 words reconstruct the seeds, this could cause a problem. And because the word “address” was duplicated in the English word list instead of being just a new non-standard word, the problem is worse — but solvable.

If the 12 words you wrote down from your Android RVN Wallet has the word “address” then you may need these instructions. If your 12 words that you wrote down doesn’t have the word “address” then you can stop reading. This has all been fixed for new wallets released after September 27th, 2019.

The odds of the word “address” being in your 12 words is about 1 in 85. If the word “address” appears in your 12 words, then there’s a 50/50 chance that it will work just fine, so try it.

If it doesn’t work, then you may have this problem.

The solution:

  • Upgrade to the Android wallet version 1.1 or newer.
  • Instead of the word “address”, use the word “text”
  • Let it sync and it should find your RVN.

If you happen to have the word “address” twice, then you may need to take some extra steps. Steps: Try replacing the word “address” with the word “text” for every combination. Example: Replace the first “address” with “text”, but leave the second one as “address” and sync and see if it finds your RVN. If not then try replacing the second occurrence of “address” with “text” and see if it finds your RVN, and if not then try replacing both instances of “address” with “text” and let it find the RVN.

If your word list came from an older version of Android RVN Wallet (now called RVN Wallet Classic in the Play Store), then you may also need to follow the instructions for Android Migration.



Tron Black

Freedom advocate, crypto developer, businessman, entrepreneur, and lead dev for Ravencoin — a top crypto-currency and asset issuance platform.