I've been using local_account = w3.eth.account.create(keys['private_key_1']) to create a local account offline. When I check the public key returned from local_account.address it does not match the existing public key. What should I do?

P.S. The key returned is a string & I've tried changing the private key format from "0x12345" to "12345". I think this is a solution but I can't figure out how to instantiate the class and call the from_key method.

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That's because the attribute of the function w3.eth.account.create(...) is not the private key.

To generate an account from an external private key you must use the function w3.eth.account.privateKeyToAccount(...).


>>> private_key = "f8f8a2f43c8376ccb0871305060d7b27b0554d2cc72bccf41b2705608452f315"
>>> acct = w3.eth.account.privateKeyToAccount(private_key)
>>> acct.address

privateKeyToAccount will be deprecated for version 0.5 and replaced by w3.eth.account.from_key(...).


>>> private_key = 0xf8f8a2f43c8376ccb0871305060d7b27b0554d2cc72bccf41b2705608452f315
>>> acct = Account.from_key(private_key)
>>> acct.address
  • Thanks. Can this new account be used as the default account in order to sign and send transactions?
    – pjonson2
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 14:26
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    You can set the default account doing w3.eth.defaultAccount = acct where acct is the account created previously. Check w3.eth.defaultAccount.address.
    – alberto
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 16:09
  • I'm getting the same error as in this question ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/97912/… when trying to run .transact() on a contract when setting w3.eth.default_account = Account.from_key(private_key). Look like it's expecting a string.
    – shellwhale
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 11:37
  • @shellwhale You are giving an object as an argument, you should pass acct.address since it is the address as a string.
    – alberto
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 11:59
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    What I'm saying is that you should write transact({'from': acct.address}) instead of transact({'from': acct}).
    – alberto
    Commented Jun 16, 2021 at 12:07

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