Education | 3 Addresses for One Stellar Wallet
Once you have a Stellar wallet, all someone needs is your public wallet address to be able to send you lumens. Think of your public Stellar wallet address as an email address for sending value.
There are three forms your public Stellar wallet address can take.
The first way you can share your wallet address is with the 54 character string of letters and numbers that always starts with the letter “G”. Be careful, however, not to confuse your public wallet address with your paired secret key (also called a secret seed). Your secret key is also 54 characters but starts with the letter “S”.
The 54 character string that starts with the “G” is similar to your email address and the 54 character string that starts with the “S” is similar to the password that gives you access to your email account. People share email addresses but not their email passwords.
Lumenthropy’s 54 character public Stellar wallet address is:
The second way you can share your wallet address is with a QR Code. A QR Code is a square barcode that people can scan with their phone to automatically fill in your 54 character wallet address. We used https://stellar-qr.dk/ to generate our QR Code. Important: Always be sure to test the QR Code before sharing to make sure it is working properly!
The third way you can share your public wallet address is with a federated address. A federated address is an email-like representation of your Stellar wallet. Using a federated address requires you, or an entity you trust, to map your federated address to your Stellar wallet. The technical details for setting this up yourself can be found here.
Lumenthropy uses Keybase.io to provide its federated address:
A person can send lumens to you, or your organization, by knowing just one of these three Stellar wallet address types. You can also provide, as Lumenthropy does, all three to let the sender decide which of the three is the easiest for them to use.