I wonder if there is an equivalent to bitcoind's getrawtransaction, i.e., a command to dump a raw transaction in hex format, given its hash id.

I am working preferably in geth.


There is eth.getRawTransaction(<txhash>) now.

Edit: Please check that you're using an up-to-date version of geth. It's part of the current release (v.1.8.6) and was introduced some time ago. You can also see it in the source code: https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/blob/ca64a122d33008c155c35a9d0e78cfbcafb1820a/internal/web3ext/web3ext.go (look for getRawTransaction)
https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/blob/ec8ee611caefb5c5ad5d796178e94c1919260df4/internal/ethapi/api.go (look for GetRawTransactionByHash)

input: transaction hash
output: bytes of the corresponding transaction

  • Can you please improve & expand this answer by providing links to documentation and the call/response? – tayvano Jun 12 '17 at 22:19
  • Is this real? It seems that this call does not exist – blues Jan 10 '18 at 11:40
  • There isn't eth.getRawTransaction(). What are you talking about? – rustyx Apr 24 '18 at 15:11
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    I am probing a Geth client version 1.8.15 and this method does not seem to exist. This call returns 405 Method Not Allowed: curl -i -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_getRawTransaction","params":["0x14f00d6f024a1d19d1d93948627020c5b75fc6b2a9fabb256dd2320953834d96"],"id":1}' <client_url> The same happens if the method is eth_getRawTransactionByHash. – Thorkil Værge Oct 14 '18 at 12:42

There is an "undocumented" method eth_getRawTransactionByHash from JSON-RPC

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST --data \
'{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_getRawTransactionByHash","params":["<TX_HASH>"],"id":1}' http://localhost:8545

<TX_HASH> - transaction id

  • If I call this, I get 405 Method Not Allowed. This method does not seem to exist on version 1.8.15. – Thorkil Værge Oct 14 '18 at 12:46
  • But it does work in Geth v1.9.11 – Thorkil Værge Jan 28 '20 at 17:14

Have a look at getTransactionByHash() of the JSON-RPC API.


Returns the information about a transaction requested by transaction hash.


DATA, 32 Bytes - hash of a transaction
params: [

Object - A transaction object, or null when no transaction was found:

hash: DATA, 32 Bytes - hash of the transaction.
nonce: QUANTITY - the number of transactions made by the sender prior to this one.
blockHash: DATA, 32 Bytes - hash of the block where this transaction was in. null when its pending.
blockNumber: QUANTITY - block number where this transaction was in. null when its pending.
transactionIndex: QUANTITY - integer of the transactions index position in the block. null when its pending.
from: DATA, 20 Bytes - address of the sender.
to: DATA, 20 Bytes - address of the receiver. null when its a contract creation transaction.
value: QUANTITY - value transferred in Wei.
gasPrice: QUANTITY - gas price provided by the sender in Wei.
gas: QUANTITY - gas provided by the sender.
input: DATA - the data send along with the transact
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    That returns a json description, not the raw transaction – oriol Jul 26 '16 at 16:06
  • It is possible to construct the raw transaction from the data returned from the getTransactionByHash() RPC call. – Thorkil Værge Oct 14 '18 at 12:39

You can also find the raw transaction hex on etherscan.io by going to a transaction, picking Tools & Utilities and choosing Get Raw TxHash. See for example:


If you want to do this programatically with geth, I present a solution for that here: Can I get the raw transaction using Nethereum?

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