I have a running geth node and by using geth account new command I created a new account:

$ geth account list

Account #0: {47978a69f410d0f...} ...

Nevertheless, when using json rpc call to list my ether accounts a null result is obtained:

$ curl -X POST --data



Why is that? Any hint? Thanks in advance!

I launched geth with the following command:

$geth --rpc --rpcapi "db,eth,net,web3" --rpcport "8545" --testnet 
--etherbase "0x47978a6...."

Is it possible that geth working on testnet gets confused on json rpc calls? Do I need to specify somehow in these calls to use testnet and not mainnet?

  • Try id:0 or remove id param.
    – niksmac
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 10:48
  • Same result and error...: $ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_accounts","params":[],"id":0}' {"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":0,"result":[]} $ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_accounts","params":[]}' {"jsonrpc":"2.0","error":{"code":-32700,"message":"missing request id"}}´ Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 15:11
  • What is id by the way? The id of what? Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 15:13
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    eth.accounts[] is the index of the wallets that you are querying, in your case 0, the coinbase.
    – niksmac
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 1:31

3 Answers 3


You don't need to use the params field in your call. By doing this, you are executing this command: eth.accounts[] which returns a null value. If you want to get a list of all the accounts, you should be executing eth.accounts. So, your RPC command should be:

curl -X POST -d '{"method":"eth_accounts","id":1}'

P.S: I'm assuming you already enabled RPC on port 8545. Through the console, you can use admin.startRPC() to start RPC.

  • Thanks for the simplification, but unfortunatelly, same result: {"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":1,"result":[]} Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 9:13
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    Did you check with other commands?
    – galahad
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 13:36
  • Yes, it responds correctly to other commands: $ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"web3_sha3","params":["0x68656c6c6f20776f726c64"],"id":64}' localhost:8545 {"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":64,"result":"0x47173285a8d7341e5e972fc677286384f802f8ef42a5ec5f03bbfa254cb01fad"} Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 18:00
  • Maybe problem is related to geth using testnet and json rpc using mainnet... is that possible? Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 18:01

Enable the web3 RPC API when starting geth:

geth --rpc --rpcapi "web3" --rpcport "8545"

or if you want all APIs run:

geth --rpc --rpcapi "db,eth,net,web3" --rpcport "8545"
  • I just did it, but exactly the same result, geth account list shows the account but jsonrpc doesn't :-( Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 15:36
  • Problem is not API not responding, but responding null result. In fact, it responds correctly to other commands such as: $ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"web3_sha3","params":["0x68656c6c6f20776f726c64"],"id":64}' localhost:8545 {"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":64,"result":"0x47173285a8d7341e5e972fc677286384f802f8ef42a5ec5f03bbfa254cb01fad"} Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 17:59
  • It's likely that you are not sending the correct JSON object. Use web3 and call the same function: github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/JavaScript-API#web3ethaccounts as the curl parameters are correct (as suggested in the documentation).
    – Sebi
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 18:39

Definitely the problem is related to node running on testnet and account being valid only on mainnet.

I created a new account on testnet and json-rpc query worked perfectly:

$geth --testnet account list

$geth --testnet account new Address: {3b877e80b5c0...}

$geth --testnet account list Account #0: {3b877e80b5c0...

$ curl -X POST -d '{"method":"eth_accounts","id":0}' {"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":0,"result":["0x3b877e80...

Thanks for your help!

  • In the original post the creation of the account does not have a --testnet command line option, so maybe that's the case. Did the OP trying to find the account on the mainnet? Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 18:59

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