# Managing assets

Many interactions with the Filecoin network require FIL to process. This page explains the different denominations of FIL, how to store it, and how to aquire it.

# Wallets

Wallets allow you to manage your assets without having to deal with a Filecoin node directly.

Unaudited wallets

Be incredibly cautious when using unaudited wallets. Wallets that have gone through an audit have had their codebase checked by a recognized security firm for security vulnerabilities and potential leaks.

Name Description Audited
Glif web wallet (opens new window) Supports sending & receiving FIL. Can be integrated with a Ledger hardware device. Yes
FilSnap MetaMask plugin MetaMask has a plugin system called Snaps (opens new window). This system is currently in beta. No
Filfox wallet (opens new window) A browser-based wallet. Unknown
ImToken (opens new window) A multi-currency wallet. Unknown
MathWallet (opens new window) A multi-currency wallet. Unknown
Trust wallet (opens new window) A multi-currency wallet. This is the official wallet of Binance. Unknown

# Exchanges

A cryptocurrency exchange, or simply just exchange, is a service that lets you swap cash for cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency for cash, or even one cryptocurrency for another cryptocurrency. They work similarly to currency exchanges that you find at airports, where you can swap your home currency for one of the countries you are traveling to. If you have purchased cryptocurrency before, you have likely used an exchange before.

There are many exchanges that allow users to buy, sell, and trade FIL. Websites like coinmarketcap.com (opens new window) keep track of which exchanges support which cryptocurrencies. You can use these lists to help decide which exchange to use.

Coinmarketcap show a list of exchanges that support FIL.

Once you have found an exchange you want to use, you will have to create an account with that exchange. Many changes have strict verification and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) processes in place, so it may take a few days to create your account. However, most large exchanges can verify your information in a few minutes.

Purchasing cryptocurrency varies from exchange to exchange, but the process is usually something like this:

  1. Add funds to your exchange account in your local currency (USD, EUR, YEN, etc.).
  2. Exchange your local currency for FIL at a set price.

# Send FIL from your exchange

Once you have FIL in your exchange account, you should be able to send some to the public address you made with your Lotus node. Again, the process for this is different for every exchange, but in general, it goes something like:

  1. Submit a withdrawal request with the exchange, including:
    • How much FIL you would like to withdraw.
    • Where you want the FIL to be sent to. This value should be the public address f16mwi... you made with your Lotus node.
  2. Wait for the withdrawal to finish.

Some exchanges place a limit on how much you can withdraw at once. The exchange may also place a time-lock on your withdrawal.

It may take a few minutes for your FIL to show up in your Lotus address. If you do not see the FIL in your Lotus address 30 minutes after the withdrawal is complete from your exchange, get in touch with your exchange's support team for help.

# Denominations of Filecoin

Much like how a US penny represents a fraction of a US dollar, there are many ways to represent value using Filecoin. This is because some actions on the Filecoin network require substantially less value than 1 whole FIL. The different denominations of FIL are:

Name Decimal
milliFIL 1000
microFIL 1000000
nanoFIL 1000000000
picoFIL 1000000000000
femtoFIL 1000000000000000
attoFIL 1000000000000000000