I've been mining eth for a little while now and I've got .4 eth in my address. I want to be sure that I remember my password and validate that the eth is in my wallet on my computer. The thing is I don't know where or how to validate my password using geth or how to see how much if any eth is actually stored in my wallet on my computer. Any ideas? Thanks.

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To see how much ether you have, you can use a public scanner such as https://etherscan.io/address/(your_address), or you can sync your Geth and in the console type eth.getBalance((your_address)).

To check if you have the correct private key, you can again try personal.unlockAccount((your_address)), or you can use MEW either online or offline to show your wallet information. If you can unlock your account and it shows the same address, you have the correct private key.

  • Thanks. I did know how to check the balance online but I wanted to check it on my local machine to see if the eth was actually in my wallet on my local desktop. Thanks again. Commented May 7, 2017 at 19:39
  • I tried eth.getBalance((myAddress)) but it returns address is not defined. I copied the address right from geth account list and I tried it both with and without the preceding 0x. Any ideas? Thanks. Commented May 7, 2017 at 22:47
  • You need to put it as a string, such as eth.getBalance("0xabc..")
    – jeff
    Commented May 8, 2017 at 9:06

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