I have several accounts I've created in the Geth console using:


I no longer use (nor have any intention of using) the first couple of accounts I created, meaning whenever I reference an active account I have to set the account array index to something other than 0.

How do I remove the unused accounts so I can just reference my active account using eth.accounts[0]?

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You can't remove account. You need to remove them directly from your keystore folder.



I feel the need to repeat that once the file is deleted it's Game over.

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    This removes the reference to those accounts in eth.accounts, but how does eth.coinbase get updated? (It's now pointing to one of the deleted accounts.) Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 19:21
  • next account in line should become eth.accounts[0]. What do you get ?
    – jayD
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 19:36
  • Yep, correct - the accounts entries have shuffled up, which is great. But the eth.coinbase variable hasn't updated and now points to the original account[0], which was deleted, and not the new one. Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 19:39
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    Are you trying to mine ? geth -mine --etherbase "youraccountaddress". Also you might want to try geth account update "address"
    – jayD
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 19:40
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    Not on this box, but I wanted to know for future reference. I've found the command required for setting it: web3.miner.setEtherbase(web3.eth.accounts[0]) Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 19:42

for testnet it's in ~/Library/Ethereum/testnet/keystore

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