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How to get on Rinkeby Testnet in less than 10 minutes

How to get on Rinkeby Testnet in less than 10 minutes

Following instructions from the excellent https://www.rinkeby.io/

Synchronizing a Full Node

A full node lets you access all state. There is a light node (state-on-demand) and wallet-only (no state) instructions as well, and these are even faster. I'm using this for dapp development, so I want access to all state.

From the docs above:

A full node synchronizes the blockchain by downloading the full chain from the genesis block to the current head block,
but does not execute the transactions. Instead, it downloads all the transactions receipts along with the entire recent state.
As the node downloads the recent state directly, historical data can only be queried from that block onward.

Initial processing required to synchronize is more bandwidth intensive, but is light on the CPU and has significantly reduced
disk requirements. Mid range machines with HDD storage, decent CPUs and 4GB+ RAM should be enough.

Step 1: Download Geth

First, install the latest geth (1.7.3) to your machine.

For Ubuntu, you can follow the instructions on the official wiki.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ethereum/ethereum
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ethereum

If you're just upgrade geth from a previous version, you can just run

sudo apt install geth

If you're downloading this to your Mac, you'll need to download the packages manually to get the latest (1.7.3) release. https://geth.ethereum.org/downloads/

Extract it and copy the geth binary to somewhere in your path.

# ppham @ Pauls-Air-2 in ~/Downloads [21:46:25]
$ tar zxvf geth-darwin-amd64-1.7.3-4bb3c89d.tar.gz
x geth-darwin-amd64-1.7.3-4bb3c89d/
x geth-darwin-amd64-1.7.3-4bb3c89d/COPYING
x geth-darwin-amd64-1.7.3-4bb3c89d/geth

# ppham @ Pauls-Air-2 in ~/Downloads [21:46:39]
$ sudo mv geth-darwin-amd64-1.7.3-4bb3c89d/geth /usr/local/bin/geth

For older releases on Mac OSX, you can use Homebrew to install from scratch:

brew install ethereum

and again if you are upgrading just geth

brew install geth

Unknown whether Parity works as well. It will probably take some finagling to work with the Geth-style Genesis block.

Step 2: Run Geth in Rinkeby Mode

At this point, you should probably start a tmux or screen session, so if you get interrupted during syncing it will still keep going in the background.

To run a full node, start Geth with the Rinkeby switch:

geth --rinkeby

SECURITY WARNINGS: We've enabled RPC and also loaded the personal module to allow testing and participating in smart contracts. However, if you do these things on a mainnet node with your unlocked wallet exposed to the internet, you could get hacked and all your monies stolen. I'll write a separate gist about a secure way to participate in a mainnet contract with real ETH.

On a MacBook Air with a 10 MBps (standard home internet download speeds), I was able to sync all 187k blocks in < 7 minutes,

Step 3: Create an account

In a separate tmux pane or screen buffer or a separate terminal completely, create an account and save the password somewhere safe.

After that, attach the console with the appropriate data directory.

On Linux it would be:

geth --datadir=$HOME/.rinkeby attach ipc:$HOME/.rinkeby/geth.ipc console

On Mac it would be:

geth --datadir=$HOME/.rinkeby attach ipc:$HOME/Library/Ethereum/rinkeby/geth.ipc console

and create an account (substituting a much better password than notmyrealpassword).

Welcome to the Geth JavaScript console!

instance: Geth/v1.6.1-stable-021c3c28/darwin-amd64/go1.8.1
 modules: admin:1.0 clique:1.0 debug:1.0 eth:1.0 miner:1.0 net:1.0 personal:1.0 rpc:1.0 txpool:1.0 web3:1.0

> eth.accounts
[]
> personal.newAccount("notmyrealpassword")
"0xb2e9fe08ca9a0323103883fe12c9609ed380f475"
> eth.coinbase
"0xb2e9fe08ca9a0323103883fe12c9609ed380f475"
> eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase)
0

You'll see a different address than 0xb2e9fe08ca9a0323103883fe12c9609ed380f475. That one's mine, provided for illustration. Save your password in a secret place, preferrably encrypted. I use Evernote encrypted text, but you can use any password manager like 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane, etc.

Leave that terminal open for now.

Step 4: Request ETH

Because Kovan and Rinkeby both use Proof-of-Authority (clique) to grant ETH, you'll need to request some to get started. However, unlike Kovan which requires you to bootstrap by requesting KETH from another human being, Rinkeby has a super-slick automated faucet, where you submit your address (copied from above) into one of three methods:

  • A public tweet on Twitter
  • A public Facebook post
  • A public Google+ link

Since I never use Google+ for social reasons with humans, I might as well use this for socializing with robots.

You can go to http://plus.google.com and post publicly on any discussion board. Here's mine.

Copy this URL:

https://plus.google.com/104143092173669955154/posts/bkAkrmtukQ5

Go to the Crypto Faucet section of https://rinkeby.io and paste it into the blank.

Choose an option from the dropdown which corresponds to how much Ether you need and how frequently (requesting more Ether will take longer between requests). I requested 3 ETH in 8 hours. Don't worry, you'll get your ETH in seconds, but you can't request again for another 8 hours. This is to prevent spammers from swamping the network by overpowering it with mining power and then out-spending everyone else.

This is the transaction where I received my 3 ETH: https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0x54b7bc5bea3845198ff2936761087fc488504eed

Now, back in your geth console, wait for at most 15 seconds for the next block to be found, and verify your balance again

> eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase)
3000000000000000000

Woohoo! You're rich, in testnet wei :)

If you found this guide useful, follow us on Twitter at @InvisibleLearn or join us on Slack: http://invisible-slack.herokuapp.com/

You can also leave questions, comments, or feedbacks on this gist.

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ujizzy commented Jun 10, 2017

hello please did you really get any Ether i tried the faucet but am yet to see the received ether in my wallet balance?

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neoecos commented Jul 2, 2017

Yep, it works i followed the procedure and i inmediatly got the etherhttps://rinkeby.etherscan.io/tx/0x68b4adbebca9fa353e51817e79f279c90f90c8929760b49db8786a0ae19092c5

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kgcorps commented Jul 3, 2017

I added few more parameters to the geth start command, to run mining operation... but I get this error: Block sealing failed err=unauthorized
Any idea what have I done wrong? Had no problem with this on ropsten.

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davibicudo commented Jul 5, 2017

Works! Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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brianfajardo commented Jul 9, 2017

Super helpful! Thank you a ton for taking the time to write this out.

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zubra5 commented Jul 11, 2017

I had problem with single quotation mark for --ethstats. So I used a double quotation mark for that part of a command

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iam-peekay commented Jul 17, 2017

I'm not able to get the nodes to start syncing. Anyone else run into this issue?

screen shot 2017-07-17 at 3 59 56 pm

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iam-peekay commented Jul 17, 2017

Nevermind. I deleted everything and started over. It synced now :)

Also, the personal.newAccount method is missing a left parens: personal.newAccount("notmyrealpassword")

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cryptogoth commented Jul 17, 2017

Thanks iam-peekay and zubra5 i'll fix the writeup with your corrections.

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cryptogoth commented Jul 17, 2017

ujizzy make sure you are on the rinkeby testnet (networkid=4) when you check your balance, and that you created the address on that same network.

also, check the Rinkeby blockchain explorer, not the mainnet explorer. Let me know if that doesn't fix it.
rinkeby.etherscan.io

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ijazm commented Aug 22, 2017

I am getting a error when running the command

geth --networkid=4 --datadir=$HOME/.rinkeby --cache=512 --ethstats="yournode:Respect my authoritah!@stats.rinkeby.io" --bootnodes=enode://a24ac7c5484ef4ed0c5eb2d36620ba4e4aa13b8c84684e1b4aab0cebea2ae45cb4d375b77eab56516d34bfbd3c1a833fc51296ff084b770b94fb9028c4d25ccf@52.169.42.101:30303 --rpc --rpcapi="personal,eth,network"

bash:!@stats.rinkeby.io: event not found

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ijazm commented Aug 22, 2017

It works for me now when I give single quote instead of double quote for
--ethstats='yournode:Respect my authoritah!@stats.rinkeby.io'

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gxu12345 commented Aug 26, 2017

It used to work but I am getting this error from geth today:
WARN [08-26|12:24:48] Stats server unreachable err="websocket.Dial ws://stats.rinkeby.io/api: bad status"

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james18 commented Aug 28, 2017

Haven't gotten any test ether, as faucet.rinkeby.io does not acknowledge my request. Nothing happens.
https://gist.github.com/james18/0c59d6c5cafd750d82a1e7f46fc36bd5 is my gist file. Can someone pls share some test ether to: 0xE0020107EA4ce4a3d7223B82588E44bB7068f5ea Thanks!

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bpoppe4 commented Aug 28, 2017

I can't seem to get any either. Please send some test ether to:
0x99A53988ECb74D8276428625313Fd4157631248E

Thank you!

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popofe commented Aug 28, 2017

On a Windows command shell, it works for me now when I give double quote instead of single quote for
--ethstats='yournode:Respect my authoritah!@stats.rinkeby.io'

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golartes commented Sep 8, 2017

Try to request for ETH at network , but got the error "Invalid user... Boom". What is that? Help me, please

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born2net commented Sep 12, 2017

I am getting
WARN [09-12|23:29:17] Stats login failed err=unauthorized
any ideas?

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manolodewiner commented Sep 13, 2017

When running:
eth.coinbase
Error: not supported at get. I think is needed:
miner.setEtherbase(eth.accounts[0])
but miner is not supported as well. Should I start geth with --miner parameter?

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towobola commented Sep 14, 2017

please i cant get ether on rinkeby.io ,giving error invalid user please please i need some ether to try it out my address please
0x521F137871082aAF01EEC7E10C70315d588A7772

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slava239 commented Sep 17, 2017

I also got the error "Invalid user... Boom". Can somebody describe what to do in this case?

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AI3EL commented Sep 17, 2017

Same as @born2net

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semasters commented Sep 20, 2017

got error "invalid user...boom" with https://gist.github.com/semasters/9f40abc91a4845fc4d825f37730f9fc3
got error "anonymous gists not allowed" with https://gist.github.com/semasters/gist:9f40abc91a4845fc4d825f37730f9fc3

am I doing something wrong?

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cryptogoth commented Sep 22, 2017

Hi towobola slava239 AI3EL can you paste the link of the gist you're submitting to rinkeby.io ?
I suspect you might have a typo in the github username in that url.
e.g. here's a gist I used successfully in the past:
https://gist.github.com/cryptogoth/d6eab7b736a0052589492ebf16707cbe

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ONLIMAKE commented Sep 24, 2017

Hello friends how are you

He knows someone passing by the tap, it does not work for now.

Can someone do a test by sending to my address please?

https://gist.github.com/ONLIMAKE/1ec25971d73fc870af589da4e2e5d123

To check if the faucet is or something else happens thanks friends

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jordi-adame commented Sep 24, 2017

@james18 same here, I see you've got some ETH now, could you please send some to 0x7FB15f26BD6756d49eE55b548eCc5376bf548C01

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EskridGames commented Sep 26, 2017

I got a "Stats login failed" the second time although the fist time all worked well. Any ideas anyone?

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redmouth commented Sep 27, 2017

Can not get ether, could anyone send to this account 9f3bdf37f348fb82fdd4cbcffc126c9282ef319a 10 ethers, Thanks!!!!

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gbersac commented Sep 28, 2017

The address to get ether is now https://faucet.rinkeby.io/

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gbersac commented Sep 29, 2017

With geth version 1.7.1, you can synchronise with the following command : ~/go/bin/geth --rinkeby

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DalderupMaurice commented Oct 5, 2017

I receive this issue with the rinkeby.json file..
Fatal: invalid genesis file: json: cannot unmarshal string into Go struct field Genesis.number of type uint64

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tammylvu commented Oct 6, 2017

delete chaindata in $HOME/.rinkeby @dalderup

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kennethhutw commented Oct 10, 2017

@DalderupMaurice upgrade ur geth to version1.7. I solved it by upgrading geth.

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kcchin commented Oct 13, 2017

@cryptogoth i also having "Invalid user... Boom", although i follow your steps.. below is my gist URL
https://gist.github.com/kcchin/28f2c8a6c85354105679a3408041d5c8

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kcchin commented Oct 13, 2017

can anyone just send me 1 ETH or less, please? i just wanna test deploy a token, thank you in advance
my address is 0xf1F779aB16DAe24A83100B44254822d8d304bF4f

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ProyectsX commented Oct 13, 2017

Hello friends of the chat, just a suggestion for those of us who are testing the Rinky test in the wallets.

1.- Ethereum people should give a value to ETHER of the Rinkeby network in order to better equip our nodes and help the Ethereum project.

If we give Rinkeby an economic value of at least $ 100 we could acquire new mining equipment and continual hard disk capacity as nodes.

What do you think the idea?

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cryptogoth commented Oct 22, 2017

Hi @ProyectsX I don't see how assigning a fixed value to Rinkeby ETH would improve nodes or help the Ethereum project.
Right now new Rinkeby ETH is created in a controlled manner via Proof-of-Authority, so it's constantly being inflated in a slow way.

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ijkl123 commented Oct 27, 2017

To attach, you can also do:

geth --datadir=$HOME/.rinkeby attach ipc:$HOME/.rinkeby/geth.ipc console

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ijkl123 commented Oct 27, 2017

From the faucet, I repeatedly get "No Ethereum address found to fund" message.

Do you know why ?

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andrematzke commented Nov 10, 2017

one should put step 5 down and exchange it with another docu about getting ether for rinkby test network; or put this whole docu down, since rinkeby.io gives the warning : Github authentication discontinued at the official request of GitHub.

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comodoro commented Nov 11, 2017

Yes, Github no longer works, as of November 2017 you can use Google+, Twitter or Facebook. I chose Google+ and it worked.

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masterrom commented Nov 15, 2017

should I keep the blockchain sync up in the background?

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grd123 commented Nov 16, 2017

Please help some ethereum, kindly please. I dont understand how. I just have samsung tablet. Please help some ethereum. My ethereum address: 0x796d55c386914f66Af76cD66eAAfcd248305B531

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itisha commented Nov 21, 2017

I see people compleining about the same issue. Are there any ways to fix this:
c33a54ad5dd47c12fe9ce4ae5de0b9d2

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cryptogoth commented Nov 21, 2017

thanks @andrematzke @comodoro i'll update the doc

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cryptogoth commented Nov 22, 2017

@manolodewiner you need to create an account to have eth.coinbase
the instructions are in the gist as well, Step 3: Create an account

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cryptogoth commented Nov 22, 2017

@itisha the new version of geth doesn't require this stats login.
I updated the gist, try it again with geth --rinkeby

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cryptogoth commented Nov 22, 2017

@ijkl123 great tip, it's been incorporated. can you paste the link to the social media post you used to request Ether? We can make sure the Ethereum address is valid.

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ziadzoalnoon commented Nov 29, 2017

i have 3 eth in my wallet what shall i do with it how can exchange it ?? thank you

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hqblock commented Dec 11, 2017

Hi,
Anyone has an idea why when using the faucet I'm getting "zlib: invalid header" ?. I'm using a twitter post and I tried different browsers but always got the same error :-/

Thanks!

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vitali2y commented Dec 12, 2017

@hqblock. I have the same "zlib: invalid header" issue with twitter post - around a week ago everything was fine.
FYI #15635 @ go-ethereum.

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hqblock commented Dec 14, 2017

thanks!

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nickwallen commented Dec 17, 2017

I have tried Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. On Twitter, I hit the "Zlib: invalid header issue". On Google+ and Facebook, the Faucet web app simple responds "No ethereum address found to fund" Any ideas what I am doing wrong here?

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alsma commented Dec 17, 2017

Also getting zlib: invalid header

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samnet commented Dec 17, 2017

As of today, approximately how much space do I need on my HD to run a full node Rinkeby node?

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helloibm commented Dec 20, 2017

Twitter link is down. But if you get "No Ethereum address found to fund" on FB then make sure your post is "PUBLIC". Worked for me :)

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Mathiuz commented Dec 21, 2017

@ProyectsX hello Hello, could you tell me how I can do to join you, I want to know how your development is going and when it is out Illuminat7s my facebook is Zatch Mathiu

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norachuga commented Dec 22, 2017

I've tried twice to get from the Rinkeby faucet and the transactions end in failure. The message as seen on Etherscan is "Value transfer did not complete, most likely as a result of a REVERT opcode."

I cannot find information about this error as it pertains to a recipient (only w/r/t to senders).

The address in question is 0xcb647a10db9a817e2ab32c9ae174723ce3dd35ba .

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Mathiuz commented Dec 24, 2017

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ingamx commented Dec 29, 2017

nice. tnx

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AdamJLemmon commented Dec 29, 2017

FYI the command to connect to the console with Geth 1.7.1-stable and Ubuntu 16.04 is slightly different as an .ethereum dir is also created:
geth --datadir=$HOME/.ethereum/rinkeby attach ipc:$HOME/.ethereum/rinkeby/geth.ipc console

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nflanders commented Jan 3, 2018

So I was able to get the ETH from the faucet. HOWEVER - I need the ETH on a different address (didn't realize until I processed the faucet) - IS there any way to send the TEST ETH from the eth.coinbase address TO another "newAccount" address within Rinkeby? OR do I have to wait the 8 hours?

I can't seem to find a way to send within geth. I also cannot seem to figure out how to display the "private key" for the eth.coinbase account that was loaded by default when setting up rinkeby, as I did not set a password for that account. Is there just a default password added by default?

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thisisedyip commented Jan 21, 2018

I followed the instructions down to the tee, and even though rinkeby told me my transaction went through and that I was funded, I still get a balance of 0 eth when i check using getBalance. I pasted my address to both google plus and twitter and each time the faucet told me the transaction went through yet my balance remains 0. Am I doing something wrong?

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thisisedyip commented Jan 21, 2018

That said, can somebody just send me ether: 0x7f44b4b334a76a20a697f8983d757ae998fe3a5a

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parogon commented Jan 25, 2018

hi @cryptogoth how to perform Step 3: Create an account, for Windows 7?
please describe or a separate article for Windows

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parogon commented Jan 25, 2018

RINKEBY TESTNET today pays this?
I'll go to Ubuntu if I see a payment)) Google+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/101520651432874482313/posts/3P6Z7WEQv8v

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tomb99 commented Feb 14, 2018

for some reason when i call eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase) my balance is zero, i followed the steps provided. when i check my transaction its posted and shows online that i have 3 ether but my client does not?

https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/0x7ac852b5472880c11f19d745ba8cebf10e65d31f

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rosecondon commented Feb 17, 2018

I had been looking for how to request ETH for days as "Start Mining" on Ethereum Wallet did not work. Your post really helped me. Many thanks!

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isi-mfurer commented Feb 20, 2018

@tomb99 check the output of eth.syncing.

If it returns anything but false then your node is still syncing the blockchain and your account balance will be zero until the block containing your transaction has been downloaded to your local node.

When this article was written, the Rinkeby testnet chain probably could be sync'd in under 7 minutes. As of Feb 2018 though it will take much longer than this, probably several hours.

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djlduffy commented Feb 20, 2018

Yes I have the same balance zero issue and can confirm the following output with eth.syncing:

eth.syncing
{
currentBlock: 1804186,
highestBlock: 1804251,
knownStates: 3621430,
pulledStates: 3612599,
startingBlock: 1804167
}

Need to wait for the blocks to stack first

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mhoustonpro commented Feb 22, 2018

@AdamJLemmon @cryptogoth Stuck at attaching the console on Ubuntu 16.0.4. I can get the sync started, open up another terminal and every iteration of attaching the console gets me "Fatal: unable to attach to remote......connect: no such file or directory.
Any ideas?

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thoslin commented Mar 2, 2018

I tried to get some ether using the rinkeby faucet, but I didn't see any ether in my wallet. I'd tried many times. Could someone just send me some ether? Thanks in advance! 0x8C059309A8B892AA304e62267D241912bf4F4B2E. Here's the tweet I used https://twitter.com/thoslin/status/969032642787147778. Not sure why it didn't work.

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opentaps commented Mar 8, 2018

All the steps worked! Thank you!

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ahmedtalai commented Mar 14, 2018

https://twitter.com/ahmedtalai/status/973938401396346880 no ether in balance ol day holding shit for nothing 0x7Cb9a9ad58F84b40CE26F41CE9076467e741Ea9C sent ether so i can buy toiletpaper a lot of tiolet paper

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hrachbkweb commented Apr 4, 2018

why there isn't method for
web3.eth.accounts.create([entropy]); smth like this which will return private keys?

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ghost commented Apr 7, 2018

Does anybody know about Connection refused error? (in Step 3)
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Until step 2, there was no problem. I did all things in this site.

  • ubuntu 16.04 LTS
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birdca commented May 2, 2018

I have the same balance zero issue, but in Mist, it shows my balance number correctly. How come?
I thought the wallet backend should be the same.

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ricochen commented May 7, 2018

Can you make a guide for windows?

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nabeel913 commented May 24, 2018

@birdca I am having same issue, did your find a solution?

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GeeeCoin commented Jun 1, 2018

@hrachbkweb probably because that's a web3 v1 method and geth still uses web3 v0.20.

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abdulwahidgul24085 commented Jun 8, 2018

Small note for those who might face the problem with --attach of ipc on Ubuntu. You need to replace the $HOME/.rinkeby with $HOME/.ethereum/rinkeby. The rinkeby directoy is in .ethereum folder.

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sebasgoldberg commented Jul 14, 2018

IMPORTANT!!!

It would sync in less than 10 minutes if you are using SSD.

I you use HDD, the sync probably would not finish.

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GringoA1 commented Aug 24, 2018

Can I get some rinkeby to this adress? > 0x30dfab42edb2c5d8561d859897ae9f849230f572

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aib92 commented Sep 25, 2018

I can see ether in my account on "https://rinkeby.etherscan.io" but when i run eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase) the result is 0.
anyone facing the same issue??

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thosuperman commented Sep 28, 2018

@aib92: can you check the current status of your node by command eth.syncing?

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codi45 commented Oct 14, 2018

hi i followed yours instruction and add post but i did not received anything. could someone send me 1 eth or less i just want to test 0x21ea27A5e8822077D1292556cc2f3559eeE0c4D8
thanks

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RolandBarro commented Dec 13, 2018

Hi, I have followed instruction above, my node is syncing but tried eth.getBalance("0x27c481A2BDEfD1Ba5d586a735764D564289bB43d") it returns 0 but in rinkeby.etherscan.io I have 4Ether how can I resolve this? please help, thanks

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papajo commented Dec 13, 2018

these instructions are good but too old. need to be updated.

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