Beginner in solidity and i'm trying to send ether from an address to a contract. I've tried transferring ether using the Remix compiler test accounts.

pragma solidity 0.4.25;

contract sendether{

     function receiveEther() payable public{

     function sendEther(address _address) payable public{
         uint value = 5 ether;



I made a simple code to accept ether from an address and send ether to an address.

What i'm not sure is, if i made a Dapp, can i just send ether from my wallet and not execute the receiveEther() function. If no, how can i accept the ether from an address?

  • Note that the sendEther function doesn't look like it needs to be declared payable, but it does look like it needs some sort of access-restriction, because the way things stand as of now, anyone can call it and get 5 ether out of your contract! Oct 30, 2018 at 9:50
  • is there a safer way to transfer ethers to an address?
    – Adam Chua
    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:54
  • Add a state variable address owner, a function constructor() public {owner = msg.sender;}, and a statement require(msg.sender == owner); at the beginning of the sendEther function. Thus, only the account used for deploying the contract will be able to invoke this function. Oct 30, 2018 at 11:14

2 Answers 2


First, the function should be payable.

Also, you don't need to have transfer or any other function to receive ETH. Just check msg.value.

For example:

function receiveETH() payable public{
     uint value = 5 ether;

    require(msg.value >= value, "Insufficient ETH";
    // do whatever you want.

To accet ETH regardless of the function called you need a so-called nameless fallback function:

function () public payable {

Then whenever you send ETH to the contract this function will get called.

  • that means if i send ether from my wallet to the contract address, the contract will receive the ether? there's no need to add anything else on my DApp besides the fallback function?
    – Adam Chua
    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:49
  • Yes exactly. You should try it out first on a local testnet so you get a good grasp of the dynamics involved. Oct 30, 2018 at 10:17
  • @ThomasVanderstraeten If you want explicitely call a function and send ether, then that function has to be payable. If function is invoked and the function exists the fallback function will be skipped entirely. You can invoke a function from a contract and pass ether with myContrac.myFunction.value(1 ether)(myParam1, myParam2, ...).
    – Ismael
    Oct 31, 2018 at 2:08

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