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Using the blockchain

Checking status

Before continuing, you can verify things are working properly by entering into your browser:


You should see some valid JSON being returned.

If not, try:


If things are not working correctly, you can look at the contents of the docker file:


Reminder: If you want to browse the file system inside your Docker container, you can run the command: docker exec -it <container_name> bash.

Transferring tokens

Once the protocol is activated, you can play with the new chain. For example, you can transfer some tokens from one account to another using tezos-client.

Importing a bootstrap account

We will use the alias 'alice' to refer to the bootstrap_account entry with these values:

Hash: tz1akcPmG1Kyz2jXpS4RvVJ8uWr7tsiT9i6A
Public Key: edpktezaD1wnUa5pT2pvj1JGHNey18WGhPc9fk9bbppD33KNQ2vH8R
Secret Key: unencrypted:edsk2vKVH2BNwKrxJrvbRvuHnu4FW17Jrs2Uy2TzR2fxipikTJJ1aG
docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
import secret key alice unencrypted:edpkubXzL1rs3dQAGEdTyevfxLw3pBCTF53CdWKdJJYiBFwC1xZSct

Account alice has 4,000,000 of Tez. Check it out with this command:

docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
get balance for alice

The secret keys used here are unencrypted. This is unsafe in general but useful for the simplicity of the examples. Consider not using them if you care about security (even in a private blockchain without real money). In order to encrypt bakers and genesis secret keys, you can provide an --encrypted flag to and scripts.

Generate new account

Let's generate a new account named bob:

docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
gen keys bob

You can acces to his address with this command:

docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
show address bob
Hash: tz1UQiBLRbiWAUfGjZNUpNWKLvQez95ZXy2K
Public Key: edpkvRZrUoDqw7PpZ5wLHeDDjSLx9e1WJt3tGJKWUbXNt4CQz7tzFA

Bob has 0 Tez since we just created his account.

Now, let's transfer some Tez from alice to bob with this command:

docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
--wait none transfer 100 from alice to bob --burn-cap 0.257

Finally, you can check that bob has indeed received 100 Tez

docker exec <container_name> /base-dir/tezos-client \
--addr <container_ip> --port 8732 \
get balance for bob


To conclude, we have seen how to create a private blockchain by generating a genesis block and bootstrapping at least two bakers. These two bakers will validate the first blocks, allowing the realization of the first transactions of the blockchain.