Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zcash?

Zcash is digital money, to learn more visit https://z.cash/.

What is a Zcash wallet?

A wallet is an app that allows you to hold, send and receive Zcash. For a list of available wallets, visit this page.

What is a viewing key?

Zcash shielded transactions are encrypted and only the owner of the wallet can see their details. In some cases, you may want to let someone see the details of the transactions on your wallet and Zcash has functionality for this: the viewing key.

By providing a viewing key to someone, you are giving them the ability to see the details of the transactions in that address, such as the amounts and the memos received. However, a viewing key does not allow them to spend any ZEC from that address.

How to export a viewing key (video).

What is a Unified Address?

The network upgrade that was activated on June 2022 introduced several technologic advances to the Zcash blockchain. One is the new Orchard shielded pool, a cryptographic advance that eliminated the need for the trusted setup for shielded transactions. Another advance is the concept of Unified Addresses, addresses that support transparent, Sapling and Orchard transactions with the same address, significantly simplifying the user experience.

Unified Addresses start with a u1....