Questions tagged [ether]

Ether (ETH) is the main internal crypto-fuel of Ethereum and is used to pay transaction fees.

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What is the total supply of Ether?

In Bitcoin, the total supply is capped at 21 million BTC. Is the total supply of Ether capped? How much will be mined before the Proof of Stake (POS) transition, and how will POS affect the issuance ...
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How do I buy Ethereum with USD?

I am a complete noob at investing. I have never bought stock or invested in anything before but I have $300 I would like to turn into Ethereum. Could someone please tell me step by step how to ...
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How can I check if an Ethereum address is valid?

I've read many times that you should never input an address by hand unless you want to accidentally send Ether into no-mans-land. I'd like to know what those checksums might be. Is there a way to tell ...
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How do I backup my ether accounts?

I want to backup my accounts onto a USB or other external device for safe-keeping. How can I do that?
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The Ether denominations are called Finney, Szabo, and Wei. What/who are these named after?

This was recently asked on Reddit. To expand, who are Finney, Szabo, and Wei, and what did they do/contribute to the project that warranted being awarded denominations?
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How do I convert my The DAO tokens into ethers using the withdrawal contract after the hard fork?

The DAO contract was attacked on 17th June 2016 where the attacker drained about USD 50 million worth of ethers using a recursive call vulnerability in The DAO contract code. The attacker drained ...
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Is CPU mining even worth the Ether?

I would like to start mining Ether, but my GPU isn't the greatest and I don't really want to spend the money on a dedicated rig. Is mining from my CPU (in a Linux environment) still worth the Ether? ...
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Is Ethereum wallet address case sensitive?

I sent some amount of ETH to a wallet. I checked the wallets balance on ether chain. I entered the address in the search field and noticed both lowercase and uppercase versions of the address seemed ...
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How to get ether on public testnet?

I am a newbee to Ethereum and doing some research. I have installed the Ethereum Wallet app and synchronized the testnet. However, to deploy my first contract in testnet, it requires some Ether, so ...
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Ether Historical Prices

I am looking for historical datasets of the price of Ether. Similar to Bitcoin closing market price on blockchain.info or Coindesk OHLC dataset. Datasets in raw form are preferred (.json or .csv). ...
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What is Ethereum's inflation rate? (how quickly will new ether be created)

It seems like the answer is still in flux, but it would be nice to have a single answer to this question that we can update over time.
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Gas price in ETH unit

I am wondering if there's a website that provides the price of the standard gas limit (21000 Gas, transaction cost for sending ETH) in ETH unit. I checked Ether.Fund site, but it provides the gas ...
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Why is ether divisible to 18 decimal places?

1 ether is 10^18 wei, the smallest denomination. Why does ether have such a high degree of divisibility?
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TheDAO hack FAQ: How did the attack happen on 17 June 2016?

Can anyone explain that how the DAO attack happened? Vitalik Buterin explained here that it was performed by splitting a DAO from the main DAO but calling the split function recursively. We know that ...
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How is the Mining Difficulty calculated on Ethereum?

Having read various pieces of documentation, it's still not completely clear to me what dictates the difficulty rise, and how Ethereum difficulty levels differ to Bitcoin. In the past week ...
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How do I import my presale wallet?

I purchased ether during the presale. Is there an easy way to import those ether and start using them?
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What prevents the market from assigning value to testnet ETH?

If enough people mine testnet ETH for testing purposes, difficulty will rise along with the cost of generating testnet coins. In some a circumstance why would the value of testnet coins not rise based ...
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Insufficient funds for gas * price + value

Sending Address has over 1 Eth in current Balance. Using the Geth console, I can send many transactions of any amount less than .033 eth.sendTransaction({to:'...
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How fast should be an internet connection to mine ETH?

How fast should be an internet connection to mine ethereum and don't have connection issues? What about ping? And, how many GB of data would get downloaded over a month period? I have a 250GB limit.
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Where does the consumed ether/gas go?

I'm a bit new to ethereum and I'm finding it a bit difficult to understand how gas and Ether relate. So every call we do to a smart contract costs gas. Where does the gas that the user pay goes to? ...
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How to increase my privacy on Ether accounts?

What would be the best way, if any, that one could change their address/account in order to make themselves unknown or hard to identify by people they traded with? More specifically, if I send ETH to ...
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How to get testnet ether?

https://youtu.be/NBwRXpCQta8 I watched this video and followed it. But my account test ether is zero. I used faucet.ma.cx:3000 site too. But test ether is zero.
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How do I get a refund for the amount I paid in excess of 1 ether to 100 The DAO tokens

Anyone who bought DAOs in the last two weeks of The DAO crowdfunding phase paid more than 1 ether (ETH) per 100 The DAO tokens (DAO). The ETH amount in excess of 1 ETH per 100 DAOs was stored in The ...
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How to spend ether from multiple accounts?

I would like to know how to send ether from multiple accounts. For example, suppose I have 3 accounts with 5 ether in each account, how do I send the total (15 ether) to an account in a single ...
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Where can I buy Ether?

Where are the best places to buy ether with the least resistance and lowest fees? Is there something like local bitcoin, but for ether?
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Is there any Ether mixer / tumbler available?

Quick checking around there are exactly two references to an Ether Mixer - this non functioning and here (r/ethereum) 24 days ago. Unless I am missing something how can I hide the source of an ETH ...
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What happens if MyEtherWallet will go offline?

I created a wallet on myEtherWallet. Let's assume that in the future this website doesn't exist anymore. Is there any way to access my ether? Or will they be gone in the blockchain?
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If the supply of Ether is finite, are there any mechanisms to deter hoarding?

The supply of bitcoin is capped at 21 million. The supply of Ether is similarly capped at ~90 million. If we are to assume that Ethereum will become more popular as time progresses, and if we also ...
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How to create a temporary account for testnet with funds?

I'm a newbie in using the ethereum wallet. After I completely installed and downloaded data for the testnet I create a new account but my new account has nothing (0.00 Eth). It lead to I can't do ...
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How are Ethereum transaction costs calculated?

I'm in the process of learning blockchain technology for a client of mine. I understand the concept of "gas" in computational costs. We are looking at creating a crypto-currency as an alternative ...
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send ethers from one contract to another

I am wondering how can I have ethers in my contract. I have 2 contracts associated with different accounts. I want to send ethers from one contract to another but how do I have ethers in my contract ...
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Secure paper wallet creation for ETH using JS

I am about to start the process of transferring my ETH to paper wallets for safe keeping. Currently the funds are stored on an online exchange. History shows that this is a very bad idea. It is not ...
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I bought ether in the presale. Is there a time limit to claim that ether?

There is no mention in the documentation about whether I have to claim ether before a particular date. Is there a time-limit on claiming ether? I've also heard that the mining algorithm will change at ...
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Can I send gas to another user?

Gas is purchased using Ether, does that mean I can send gas as a separate coin?
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Is it possible to create ICO crowdsale seamlessly accepting multiple assets?

Most of the ICO crowdsales accept ETH only. Some accept BTC. Very few accept other assets. I was thinking about creating crowdsale that would accept as many assets as possible. While creating, ...
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What is ether? How is it different from other tokens such as bitcoin?

What is ether? How does it differ from past tokens such as bitcoin and litecoin? What are all the usages of ether?
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How would stablecoins work on Ethereum?

The idea of a stablecoin in Ethereum is to create a token that is pegged to the price of say $1 USD. What are the main ways of achieving a stable cryptocurrency? What DApps are implementing them and ...
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Which Ethereum accounts have the most Ether?

Where can someone get a list of all the ethereum accounts and sort it by the # of ether they have?
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are there “public” ethereum nodes? or any recommendations on hosting solutions?

I've always ran apps on Heroku. Just developed a smart contract and I need to check the blockchain from the app. Are there public nodes I can connect to to get the info I need to show on my app? If ...
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Electrical kWh per Ether

Does anyone have data on the typical kWh required to produce 1 ETH? This answer suggests 13.46 KWh/ETH. It would be useful to find some comparison data. I'd imagine these values are dependent on ...
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What is the smallest amount of Ether?

For example, the smallest amount of Bitcoin is one Satoshi or 0.00000001 BTC. What is the smallest amount of Ether and what is it called?
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What was the approximate cost of 1 ETH during pre-launch (Aug 2014)

The ETH pre-launch allowed people to exchange Bitcoins for ETH at a determined value. What was this exchange rate in USD? E.g. 1 Bitcoin got you X Eth, which was worth about $Y.
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ICO crypto-currencies accepted during the sale: ETH, BTC, or even fiat?

ICO contracts are meant to accept Ether as payin for the tokens sold, for example https://cartaxi.io/pre-ico or https://www.herocoin.io/ But there are a lot of ICOs running on Ethereum that accept ...
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How to handle ether deposits like exchanges do?

One of the core philosophies of Ethereum is decentralization. However, there are still many valid use cases to provide centralized wallet services, exchanges being one of the most well known examples. ...
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How do I buy Ethereum with USD - If I am citizen of not available in country in coin-base?

In order to buy Ethereum currency I have followed this How do I buy Ethereum with USD answer: But coinbase does not allow me buy ETH since I am a Turkish citizen. Probably same issue occur for ...
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Why is an account not accepting the Ether sent to it?

If you check out the account 0xe358b3b9f29c67cb810c5184e6fde27d66ce036c you will see several incoming transactions with 100 Finney each. Yet the overall balance is 31 Finney. How is that possible? If ...
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Is any way to withdraw ether from a smart contract to owner wallet, if no such method in it?

I've created contract with function to withdraw ether from it to owner wallet: contract test { address owner; function test() { owner = msg.sender; } function sendEtherToOwner() { ...
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What are digital tokens? How are various tokens generated on Ethereum?

I've heard in various talks, Ethereum can generate any token (besides ether), representing anything from bitcoin (through btc-relay), litecoin, dogecoin, digital assets, shares, ownership ...
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Can a contract with no payable function have ether?

The question in the title says it all. To the best of my understanding, the only way to deposit ether into a contract is by calling a payable function, and set msg.value larger than 0 (and of course, ...
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Does metamask store private key on server or anywhere else?

I have created my private key using myetherwallet using offline option. Now Metamask allows us to import account by providing private key or Json File that has private key. Does metamask store ...