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Using Parity 1.7.x, if you type "parity account new" you have to type in a password. But there's no seed being generated. Does that mean this wallet can't be restored without the original key?

Or is there a way to generate the seed (not from the UI)?

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Exactly, the CLI generates just a random key.

See also this answer: What's the difference between these two methods of creating an account via Parity?

Or is there a way to generate the seed (not from the UI)?

Yes, via RPC:

  1. parity_generateSecretPhrase
  2. parity_newAccountFromPhrase

Check the docs for usage examples:

  • parity_generateSecretPhrase does not appear anywhere on the page you linked to. – stone.212 Nov 25 '17 at 3:30
  • Sorry, one is in parity and one is in parity_accounts module. – Waqar Lim Nov 27 '17 at 10:01
  • I still don't see it. There is "parity_newAccountFromSecret" but that is the opposite. The question is how to generate the seed when you have a working key that you created on the Parity command line (which does not give you a seed). – stone.212 Nov 28 '17 at 5:19
  • Ah here it is: github.com/paritytech/parity/wiki/… – stone.212 Nov 28 '17 at 8:33

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