CLI Wallet

CLI Wallet

The following will explain how to use the console wallet (not GUI).


The cli_wallet creates a local wallet.json file that contains the encrypted private keys required to access the funds in your account. It requires a running witness node (not necessarily locally) and connects to it on launch:

programs/cli_wallet/cli_wallet -s ws://

Depending on the actual chain that you want to connect to your may need to specifiy –chain-id.

Enabling Remote Procedure Calls (RPC)

In order to allow RPC calls for wallet operations (spend, buy, sell, …) you can choose between pure RPC or RPC-HTTP requests. In this tutorial, the latter is prefered since well established libraries make use of the RPC-HTTP protocol.

The cli-wallet can open a RPC port so that you can interface your application with it. You have the choices of * websocket RPC via the -r parameter, and * HTTP RPC via the -H parameter:

To enable RPC-HTTP in your wallet you need to run:

# recommended for use with python, or curl:
programs/cli_wallet/cli_wallet --rpc-http-endpoint=""
# or
programs/cli_wallet/cli_wallet --rpc-endpoint=""

depending on the kind of RPC protocol.

This will open the port 8092 for local queries only. It is not recommended to publicly expose your wallet!

A tutorial for the BitShares cli-wallet can be found in the BitShares tutorials.