Bitcoin and Litecoin have something called XPUB key or Extended Public Key that essentially allows to track all generated public addresses, so think monitor your total balance in one key.

I was trying to see if ethereum has something like this?


Yes. This is typically how the Mnemonic code for generating deterministic keys (BIP39) protocol works.

The user generates a 12/24-word Wordlist, eg:

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The Wordlist is then used to generate a seed.


This seed can be later used to generate deterministic wallets using BIP-0032 or similar methods BIP-0044.

Ethereum deterministic wallets work the same as they do in Bitcoin or Litecoin. When specifying path parameter, simply increment the address_index to create as many accounts as you like:




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    When the path is represented as m/44..., it means it is a BIP 44 path, not BIP 32. – bitsabhi Jan 18 '18 at 9:16
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    The registered coin types for BIP 44 can be found at github.com/satoshilabs/slips/blob/master/slip-0044.md – bitsabhi Jan 18 '18 at 9:22
  • @bitsabhi thank you for pointing out my mistake. So would Bitcoin's value be m/44'/0'/0'/0/0? – nyusternie Jan 20 '18 at 12:46
  • Yes, m/44'/0'/0'/0/0 represents the BIP 44 path of the Bitcoin address. – bitsabhi Jan 24 '18 at 9:10

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