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### Operating Systems:  Ubuntu

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Note : In order to create a viewonly wallet you need first to compile the last source available on [Github](https://github.com/monero-project/bitmonero) as this functionality is not yet included in the official binaries (Sept. 2015).
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- To create a view only wallet you will need to first create a "normal" wallet and get the associated viewkey and address. You can get them once logged in monero-wallet-cli by typing "*viewkey*" and "*address*". Note each of them carefully and exit monero-wallet-cli.
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- Launch a new instance of monero-wallet-cli by typing "`./monero-wallet-cli --generate-from-view-key yourAddress:yourViewKey:nameOfTheViewOnlyWallet`" where *yourViewKey* is the view key you got from step 1 and *yourAddress* the associated address. The last part of the command is the name you want to give to you view only portfolio.
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- Follow the instructions from the terminal. To see the balance of your portfolio type "*refresh*" (monerod need to be synchronised with the network first). 
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- You now have a view only wallet.