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Fully open source desktop wallet?

Does anyone know what desktop wallet for ethereum is fully open source and gives you your private keys for backup to a simple file?

I don’t want to use Mist cause I don’t have the time or space to download the blockchain.

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As a side note, I find it amusing that people say hardware wallets are the best. What if that device breaks? I certainly don’t have any viruses and with a desktop wallet I can backup my keys on however many different mediums I want. I actually stored my bitcoin keys on a 5.25 inch floppy disk. That may seem dumb at first, but I discovered that old untouched floppies from 1980 still read fine and are uncorrupted. They only degrade if you read them a lot. Plus, nobody can even read them anymore for the most part.

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  1. OK, well after some research, it looks like these are the top desktop wallets:

    * Exodus
    * MyEtherWallet
    * Guarda
    * **MyCrypto**

    [https://download.mycrypto.com/](https://download.mycrypto.com/)

    From their website:

    >our code is [open-sourced](https://github.com/mycryptohq/mycrypto) under the MIT License and has undergone a [security audit](https://github.com/MyCryptoHQ/MyCrypto/wiki/Audit) by leading security firm, [Cure53](https://cure53.de/).Here’s what Cure53 had to say:
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    >“The security posture of the MyCrypto project was judged as robust and the general security standards exhibited by various components attests to the development that happens with security in mind.”

    Looks like MyCrypto is the only wallet that is actually fully open source. This is a big advantage. I don’t know why more people don’t consider that important. I see it as the most vitally important thing, cause who knows if there is a back door or if they are secretly keeping your keys.

    MyEtherWallet appears to be open source, but they don’t make it clear if it is 100%.

    The other two appear to be partially open source. I’ve posted inquiring more into the details of that. The advantage of those two is that they support many coins and seem really elegantly made.

  2. I think what you’re looking for is a ledger device or a trezor? They are physical devices that store data, but your currencies are all still on the blockchain. You create your private key (hand write it on a notecard and put it in a safe deposit box). If anything happens to the device (I got the Z and the device launched before it as a back-up device.) just put your private key into the software and it will get you reconnected to your funds.

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