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I am new and I am trying to make my first transaction using geth and truffle.

to specify a sender address I type in the truffle console:

src = web3.eth.accounts[0]

but I get "undefined"

if I type accounts = web3.eth.getAccounts() it seems it works and I get an array with 10 accounts

but if I want only the first account of the list and I type src = accounts[0] I get again "undefined"

What am I doing wrong? Many thanks

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  • can you show your code? web3.eth.getAccounts is a method, so you need to call it like this web3.eth.getAccounts() – martriay Jan 21 at 2:10
  • sory I forgot the parentesis, what I typed is: accounts = web3.eth.getAccounts(), I wrote it in the truffle console – Alby Jan 21 at 8:32
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I think you'll need to do it this way.

const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();
const src = accounts[0];
console.log("1st account: "+src);

I hope this works.

Edit: To provide more info.

const Web3 = require('web3');
const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider('<your_ganache or geth address>'));
const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();
const src = accounts[0];
console.log("1st account: "+src);

If using ganache-cli or geth, then your URL will be http://localhost:8545 or if using ganache gui, it will be http://localhost:7545 .

Everybody is new at some point. The community is with you.

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  • I wrote the first line in the truffle console and I received an "undefined", but if I write: web3.eth.getAccounts() I receive a list of 10 addresses – Alby Jan 21 at 8:34
  • yes you'll get 10 addresses because whatever local provider like geth or ganache you are using will generate 10 addresses by default – vteja711 Jan 21 at 8:36
  • Now that will be in an array so you'll need to get the 1st element of that array – vteja711 Jan 21 at 8:36
  • Also instead of calling the method in console, try writing a simple nodeJS file – vteja711 Jan 21 at 8:37
  • if I write the three suggested lines in an "acccounts.js" file and I launch it with node accounts.js I get the error message "web3 is not defined". sorry I am really new to this :( – Alby Jan 21 at 9:03

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