Blockchain Wallet CLI

Full usage details on the Helium Wallet CLI

The Helium blockchain CLI is an open-source Rust application that allows the user to create secure address key pairs and interact with the blockchain via the command line. This guide will walk you through how to create various types of wallets, and perform some of the different blockchain specific functions.

The Wallet CLI source code is available on GitHub.

This documentation is current as of v1.1.4.

All the command examples below assume you've built the wallet from source. If you've installed from a release on a target platform, simply strip the leading ./target/release from all commands.

Please be sure to keep wallet files and passwords secure. If you forget a password or lose a key file, they are gone. Back things up in more than one location. This is your responsibility.

Using the Helium blockchain Wallet CLI

Installation (from source)

The Wallet application can either be downloaded from the GitHub releases page, or built from source. This guide will walk through building from source.

First, we'll assume you're using a Linux or macOS based system. To build from source you'll need the Rust programming language and its package manager, Cargo:

$ curl -sSf | sh

Once Rust is installed, we'll need to check out the Wallet git repo and build it. You'll of course need Git installed first.

$ git clone
$ cd helium-wallet-rs
$ cargo build --release

Cargo will pull in all the required dependencies and build the application. Once complete, you should have a binary available as ./target/release/helium-wallet

You can run ./target/release/helium-wallet -h or --help to get help at any time to get guidance on how to use any of the Wallet CLI commands

Creating Wallets

Using the Helium Wallet CLI, you can (re)create three types of wallets:

  1. New Helium Wallet

  2. Recreate an existing wallet using a 12 word seed phrase

  3. New Helium Wallet with as sharded private key

Creating a Wallet from Scratch

To create a simple wallet, run:

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet create basic

This will create a password protected wallet file located at wallet.key If you want to output the wallet file to a different location you can specify -o /path/to/mywalletfile.key when creating the wallet.

Creating a wallet using an existing 12 word seed phrase

If you've been using the Helium iOS/Android mobile application, you're likely to have an existing wallet and you've hopefully written the 12 word seed phrase down somewhere. To create a CLI wallet using that existing seed phrase you can do this:

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet create basic --seed

The CLI will then prompt you for your Seed Words: enter them in the correct order separated by spaces:

$ Seed Words: word1 word2 word3 ...

Creating a Sharded Wallet

Basic wallets are secured by a single wallet.key file. A more secure option is to break your private key into what are called "shards". To support this, the CLI uses Shamir's Secret Sharing.

A key can be broken into N shards such that recovering the original key needs K distinct shards. This can be done by passing options to create

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet create sharded -n 5 -k 3

This will create a wallet with 5 shards, with any 3 shards required. The files are stored as wallet.key.1 through wallet.key.5 As before, the filename can be specified by passing the -o flag during the wallet creation.

Verifying Wallets

If you have existing wallet files you can verify them by running the verify command. You'll be asked for your wallet passphrase.

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet verify
Password: [hidden]
| Address | Sharded | Verify |
| 13QvnWtjpi3HYoBPpcEmqansMyCbJSkRpSthXAJFTaxwUraKKaP | false | true |

You can pass -f mywallet.key to the verify command to use different wallet files.

Getting Wallet Info

To simply see the public address of a given wallet.key, use the `info

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet info
| Address | Sharded |
| 14d5tFhmy5wW98gS3NzDgqsLAAZ54QsMfMy5dNRdsGPw7a7USbC | false |

You can pass -f mywallet.key to either the verify or info commands to use different wallet files.

Sending Tokens

Once your wallet has been created it's easy to send HNT via the CLI. The basic command structure is as follows:

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet pay [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] --payee <payee=hnt>

Available Flags



Required to formally commit the transaction to the API


Only output the transaction hash

--payee, -p

Precedes the address and amount of HNT to send in <address>=<amount> format

--file, -f

Wallet to use as the payer [default: wallet.key]

When you submit a payment transaction, you will be prompted for the password you used to create the wallet.

The value of HNT you send can be down to 8 decimal places of precision. 0.00000001 is the smallest denomination that could be sent (also known as a bone).

If the --hash flag is passed to the command, the CLI will output the transaction hash which can then be checked against the Blockchain API pending transaction route to see the status of the transaction:<hash>

Or once the transaction has been confirmed:<hash>

Sending Tokens to more than one HNT Address in a Single Transaction

As of CLI v1.1.3, you can send HNT to up to 50 wallets in the same CLI command. To do this, simply follow the --payee <payee=hnt> format but include multiple addresses and their desired HNT amounts. For example:

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet pay --commit --payee 13buBykFQf5VaQtv7mWj2PBY9Lq4i1DeXhg7C4Vbu3ppzqqNkTH=100 12z4nUiayZnbW46azcegBBB9yGkchFb1Zm7EPuh6eV1r2HT1NgC=100 14cKr7Qs93gdyLguKXf6Pg2SdryopG7dWSgiC6JWKHozuRQjmK8=100

Checking Balance

To check your wallet balance:

$ ./target/release/helium-wallet balance
| Address | Balance | Data Credits | Security Tokens |
| 14d5tFhmy5wW98gS3NzDgqsLAAZ54QsMfMy5dNRdsGPw7a7USbC | 0.00000000 | 0 | 0 |

Listing Hotspots

To return all the Hotspots for a given wallet address:

./target/release/helium-wallet hotspots
| Address | Name |
| 13QvnWtjpi3HYoBPpcEmqansMyCbJSkRpSthXAJFTaxwUraKKaP | No hotspots found |

This will return a list of Hotspots owned by the wallet.key file.