I am looking to move some ETH from an exchange to a wallet for which I control the keys. I don't, however, want to download the whole blockchain.

Is there a good SPV client I can use?

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Ethereum hasn't yet released features which would provide something like SPV. Instead of SPV it will be called Light Client and the protocol for this being developed is called "LES".

More information on the ethereum github wiki.

  • What's the state of development of light clients?
    – Randomblue
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 9:43
  • @Randomblue there's an experimental branch of go-ethereum. Not yet ready.
    – linagee
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 9:46
  • @linagee: Link?
    – Randomblue
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 10:19
  • @Randomblue I'd recommend joining gitter.im/ethereum/light-client and helping out there if you want to be more involved with the cutting edge of light-client development. There is no unstable or stable code for this yet, they are at the "just barely implemented EIP in a pre-alpha" point.
    – linagee
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 22:07
  • what does "LES" stand for?
    – q9f
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 10:12

Jaxx by Kryptokit might be what you're looking for.

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