MicroSD Card Related


On the left side of the Coldcard is a slot for a MicroSD card. When needed, the Coldcard will access the files on that card as a means to interact with the rest of the world, without using the USB port.

Some features that require a MicroSD card are isolated into the "MicroSD Card" menu, under the Advanced Menu:

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MicroSD Functions

Verify Backup
Quickly checks an existing backup file is complete. Performs CRC check on encrypted file and does not require password.
Backup System
Save your wallet seed and settings into an encrypted 7z file.
Dump Summary
Creates a text file with many public details of your wallet. See below.
Export Wallet
Creates data file for various wallets so you can import the Coldcard without connecting it to USB.
Sign Text File
Add a bitcoin signature onto existing file on the MicroSD card.
Upgrade From SD
Upgrade the firmware on the Coldcard, using a file found on MicroSD.
List Files
Show the files on the card. Does not attempt to show them on screen or use the files.
Format Card
Erase the SD card and build a new filesystem. Does not perform a secure erase.

Dump Summary File

The "Dump Summary" command can be found here: Advanced > MicroSD > Dump Summary

dump summary

This command saves a text file to the MicroSD with a summary of the public details of your wallet. For example, this gives the XPUB (extended public key) that you might need to import into other wallet software to track balance.

By design, this output includes the effects of your BIP39 passphrase but does not indicate it is being used.

Here is an example of the file produced by Coldcard.

There are sections with derived (public) keys for a number of different wallet systems, and the first five payment addresses derived for each is shown:

Bitcoin Core
Bitcoin Core (Segregated Witness, P2PKH)
Electrum (not BIP44)
BIP44 / Electrum
BIP49 (P2WPKH-nested-in-P2SH)
BIP84 (Native Segwit P2PKH)

Although the subkey derivation will be correct, and we have researched the BIP32 derivation paths in use by these popular systems, we make no guarantees about what they are using at present, and some are configurable.

Do not make deposits to these payment addresses without confirming they match the wallet in question, and in general, please only use addresses produced by the wallet which will be responsible for tracking the UTXO on the blockchain. These can be verified using the "Address Explorer", found on the Advanced menu.

Sign Text File

The "Sign Text File" command can be found here: Advanced > MicroSD > Sign Text File

First step is to choose a suitable text file to be signed. It must meet these requirements:

The file should contain a single line of text to be signed. If there is a second line, it specifies the subkey derivation path for the key to be used for signing. Files that do not meet these requirements will not be offered for signing purposes.

The key subpath is optional and specifies a path from master key, such as m/48'/0'/0' or similar. If not provided, the master key (m) is used as a default.

Once a file has been selected, you'll be shown the message to be signed, and the subpath and address that will be used. You should press OK to proceed, and a new text file is created and saved with the signature added.

Message Restrictions

There are restrictions on the message to be signed, including:

These restrictions are also applied to messages signed using the USB protocol.


Here is a full example. Starting with this text file:


This sequence is shown on the Coldcard:

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This creates signme2-signed.txt on the MicroSD card:

Segwit-Style Address

(new in v3.1.3)

If you specify a path that conforms to BIP 84, we will assume you want the address to be shown in Segwit/Bech32 P2PKH format, rather than classic Bitcoin base58 format. Any path that starts with m/84'/ will get this treatment. The signature value itself, is not impacted by this change.

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