When doing eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase) on my geth machine I get some non-empty balance. When checking the same account in one of many online blockchain explorers, this account is either non-existent or zero. Who's right and what did go wrong?

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Is your local node fully synchronised? If so the balance returned from eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase) is likely correct.

Blockchain explorers work by syncing the blockchain, and reading the data.

As they do this for every block/transaction, it may simply be the case that there is a delay - they have yet to process the transaction, and thus can not display it on their website.

  • Indeed, although it wasn't syncing when I checked it, now it resumed and the balance is 0...
    – user100858
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 9:08

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