'Hi everyone!

I'm wondering if anyone has trouble using web3's create wallet method? I do not have access to web3.eth.accounts.wallet command through my Geth's console.

Appreciate any help, R.

  • Geth version: 1.10.12-stable
  • Geth's web3 api version: 0.20.1
  • OS: Windows
  • web3.py version: 5.25.0
  • python version: 3.10.1
  • I started my geth using the following command: geth console --goerli --syncmode "light" --http --http.port 20000 --http.api personal,eth,net,web3 --allow-insecure-unlock
  • Related questions: #2 and #3
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    Too many questions in one post. Moreover, how did you start your geth ? Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 7:14
  • @Itération122442 , thanks for the reply. I started my geth using the following command: geth console --goerli --syncmode "light" --http --http.port 20000 --http.api personal,eth,net,web3 --allow-insecure-unlock Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 8:28
  • Welcome on this stack, by the way. You should include your comment in the question. Moreover, one post should focus on one question. I recommend you edit this post so that it includes only question 1 and post question 2 and 3 in another post. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 8:34
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    @RoliJ It is in the documentation Contains an in memory wallet with multiple accounts. It is as Mikko says it manages an array of independent accounts completely unrelated to bitcoin wallets.
    – Ismael
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 14:15
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    @Ismael, thank you for the comment. You are right. mikko-ohtamaa's clarification on the UTXO/ACCOUNT models used by these two chains, helped me out to understand the concept. Commented Jan 15, 2022 at 4:58

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You do not need geth to create a wallet. Ethereum account is just a private key that is a large 256-bit random integer. Then this private key can be imported to any wallet software or your own program.

Here is an example how to create a private key and public key by hand from command line.

  • Thanks for the reply. Here, by using "wallet", I am referring to the one in the bitcoin atmosphere, where there is a wallet that owns other accounts (and not accounts in the Ethereum atmosphere). And this is why I unsuccessfully attempted exploring the concept throughout the web3.eth.accounts.wallet command. Any revision? Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 12:41
  • By the way, I wanted to vote up your answer (however this is not the answer I am looking for, but it is useful for those who might be redirected to this question, one day), but do not have the minimum reputation required for voting. Sorry and thanks again. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 12:49
  • Unlearn what you have learnt it Bitcoin. Your mind is corrupted. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 13:04
  • I'm not saying that "wallet" doesn't have a different meaning in ethereum network. I just want to explore this method and see what is it trying to do and what is the difference between wallet and account here? What is the definition of wallet in the web3.personal.listWallets geth's console command? And what is the difference between this command and web3.personal.listAccounts or web3.eth.accounts? These are the questions I'm going to explore and the reason I asked this question. Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 15:21
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    The UTXO model you mentioned in Q#3 helped me understand what you are saying. Wallets has nothing to do with the structure being used in blockchains to track down the balance or handle transactions. It is just a file containing accounts' info and web3.eth.accounts.wallet-based commands are just to handle that. Thanks again. Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 7:25

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