How to use the Steem CLI wallet
This guide will show you step-by-step how to set up a new wallet and make a transfer of Steem Dollars to another account.
In order to use the Steem wallet you need to have the Steem daemon (steemd) running. It will act as window to the blockchain, through which your wallet connects.
If you want to connect to an external Steem daemon you can skip step 2 - 4.1a and jump straight to 4.1b after you've downloaded the wallet.
I'll cover this step for Windows only but there are many guides on how to set it up on other platforms.
Download Steem Windows Wallet and Miner and Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 in case you don't already have it installed. Unpack the wallet/miner in a location of your choice.
2. Configure steemd
steemd. It should say "No witnesses configured!". Close
steemd. It has now placed a config.ini file in witness_node_data_dir.
Open the config file and add the following after # P2P nodes to connect to on startup:
seed-node = 188.8.131.52:2001 seed-node = 184.108.40.206:2001 seed-node = 220.127.116.11:2001 seed-node = 18.104.22.168:2001 seed-node = 22.214.171.124:1337 seed-node = 126.96.36.199:2001 seed-node = 188.8.131.52:39705 seed-node = steemd.pharesim.me:2001 seed-node = seed.steemed.net:2001 seed-node = steem.clawmap.com:2001 seed-node = seed.steemwitness.com:2001 seed-node = steem-seed1.abit-more.com:2001
Also add an RPC endoint after # Endpoint for websocket RPC to listen on:
rpc-endpoint = 127.0.0.1:8090
3. Start steemd
After you've saved the config file start
steemd again. It will now sync the blockchain which will take a while. You can speed this up by downloading the blockchain separately (see section Download Wallet).
steemd starts outputting "Got X transactions..." you know it is up to date and you can start using your wallet.
4.1a Start wallet for local daemon
cli_wallet. You should see something like this:
4.1b Start wallet for external daemon
(skip this step if you did 2 - 4.1a)
It's possible to use the wallet without your own
steemd running by connecting to an external Steem daemon. See the following guides:
- [Tutorial] How to use cli_wallet without downloading complete blockchain on Windows x64 by @steem-id
- Running CLI Wallet without a Steem Daemon on steem.center
4.2 Set password
Your fresh wallet needs to have a password before you can start using it. Set a password with the following command:
This is the password to your wallet and has nothing to do with your Steem account yet.
4.3 Unlock wallet
After setting a password your wallet will be locked. Unlock it using the password you provided above:
If successful the first word in the terminal will say
4.4 Import keys
You're now ready to link your wallet to your account. For transferring Steem Dollars we need to import your
Active private key. It can be retrieved from the
Permissions tab on your account page at steemit.com.
4.5 Check that your account is linked
If you run
list_my_accounts you should see your account listed:
4.6 Make a transfer
transfer "lantto" "johanherman" "0.001 SBD" "Transfer from CLI wallet" true
5. That's it!
For a full list of commands you can use the
help command. Remember that certain actions require you to import certain keys. In this guide we only imported the
Active key. For a comprehensive post about the different keys please see this article by @pfunk.
Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!
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