I've got a contract method that checks the signer of a message using the solidity ecrecover function. In my truffle test file I now want to check if this is done correctly. Therefore I need to sign a message within the testfile using a private key.

Using this

let signedMessage = await web3.personal.sign("data", accounts[0])

does not work with error "Method personal_sign not supported."

Any idea how to do this? Thanks for you help!


I went through exactly the same problem a couple of days ago and it seems that the personal_sign method is rarely exposed for security reason.

I sorted this out using a random private key and a JavaScript library called ethereumjs-util

var EthUtil             = require('ethereumjs-util');

const messageToSign = "hello world";
const privateKey = "43f2ee33c522046e80b67e96ceb84a05b60b9434b0ee2e3ae4b1311b9f5dcc46";

var msgHash = EthUtil.hashPersonalMessage(new Buffer(messageToSign));
var signature = EthUtil.ecsign(msgHash, new Buffer(privateKey, 'hex')); 
var signatureRPC = EthUtil.toRpcSig(signature.v, signature.r, signature.s)


That returns:


Working Code is available on my github

  • Thanks! Worked for me! However, I replaced the random private key with the one generated by testrpc so that I can validate that the signer is actually accounts[0]. That is ok, but I need to do this every time I start a new testrpc process. – moinlars Apr 4 '18 at 11:02
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    When you start testrpc, you can force it to use an account by default rather than autogenerate a new one all the time: testrpc --account="0x0F0F0F0F0F%PRIVATE KEY%,10000000000000000000000%INITIAL BALANCE IN WEI%" --secure -u 0 - more info – Greg Jeanmart Apr 4 '18 at 11:06
  • @Greg Jeanmart Hi, I have a similar problem with web3.eth.personal.sign and web3.eth.sign here: ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/52584/… But till now I could not solve this problem. Thank you – Questioner Jul 4 '18 at 14:22

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