I'm using a javascript library (etheremjs) to sign a transaction. When creating it, it asks for the nonce field. I researched about it and partially understood it. But my main problem is:

How do I actually get it? Is the nonce a lifetime transaction number of that wallet or just a number for a set of transactions in a period of time? Does it start at 0 or 1? Is it public? How can I know what nonce I should use for a new transaction?

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The nonce in the main ethereum network starts at 0 for each account and increases each time a transaction originates from that account.

You can just count the outbound transactions on etherscan.io, or you can call eth_getTransactionCount (or web3.eth.getTransactionCount if you're using that) on any node. Here's a way to do it via Etherscan's API:


The result is the number of outbound transactions that have happened so far, and thus also the correct nonce to use for the next transaction.

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