This manual describes how to use the GNU Taler wallet command line interface (CLI).
The the wallet CLI is targeted at developers and operators, but not meant to be used by customers. It exposes all functionality that the more user-friendly interfaces (Android app, browser extension) offer. However, it provides more diagnostics and advanced features as well.
The easiest way to install the wallet is via NPM. Note that a recent version of
>=12.20.1) is required.
We recommend to install the wallet package on a per-user basis.
To do so, configure node and adjust your
$ npm set prefix $HOME/.npm-global $ export PATH=$HOME/.npm-global:$PATH
Now the wallet CLI can be installed without requiring elevated permissions:
$ npm set prefix $HOME/.npm-global $ npm install -g @gnu-taler/taler-wallet-cli $ taler-wallet-cli --version
The wallet CLI comes with built-in help. Invoke the wallet CLI (or any subcommand) with the
--help flag to get help:
$ taler-wallet-cli --help Usage: taler-wallet-cli COMMAND Command line interface for the GNU Taler wallet. Options: -h, --help Show this message and exit. --wallet-db=VALUE location of the wallet database file --timetravel=VALUE modify system time by given offset in microseconds --inhibit=VALUE Inhibit running certain operations, useful for debugging and testing. --no-throttle Don't do any request throttling. -v, --version -V, --verbose Enable verbose output. Commands: advanced Subcommands for advanced operations (only use if you know what you're doing!). api Call the wallet-core API directly. backup Subcommands for backups balance Show wallet balance. deposit Subcommands for depositing money to payto:// accounts exchanges Manage exchanges. handle-uri Handle a taler:// URI. pending Show pending operations. run-pending Run pending operations. run-until-done Run until no more work is left. testing Subcommands for testing GNU Taler deployments. transactions Show transactions.
Note that the CLI does not run as a background daemon. When starting operations that don’t immediately finish, the wallet needs to be run explicitly to finish any pending tasks:
# Do one attempt to finish all pending operations $ taler-wallet-cli run-pending # Run until all work is done $ taler-wallet-cli run-until-done
The wallet can be reset by deleting its database file. By default, the database file
Many interactions with the Taler wallet happen by scanning QR codes or special headers on Websites. To emulate this with the command line interface, run the following command:
$ taler-wallet-cli handle-uri $URI
The following series of commands can be used to check that an exchange deployment is functional:
# This will now output a payto URI that money needs to be sent to in order to allow withdrawal # of taler coins $ taler-wallet-cli advanced withdraw-manually --exchange $EXCHANGE_URL --amount EUR:10.50 # Show the status of the manual withdrawal operation $ taler-wallet-cli transactions # Once the transfer has been made, try completing the withdrawal $ taler-wallet-cli run-pending # Check status of transactions and show balance $ taler-wallet-cli transactions $ taler-wallet-cli balance # Now, directly deposit coins with the exchange into a target account # (Usually, a payment is made via a merchant. The wallet provides # this functionality for testing.) $ taler-wallet-cli deposit create EUR:5 payto://iban/$IBAN # Check if transaction was successful. # (If not, fix issue with exchange and run "run-pending" command again) $ taler-wallet-cli transactions # The wallet can also track if the exchange wired the money to the merchant account. # The "deposit group id" can be found in the output of the transactions list. $ taler-wallet-cli deposit track $DEPOSIT_GROUP_ID