The module comes with possibility of replacing the underlying backend. Backends are the protocols and methods used to communicate with the Monero daemon or wallet. As of the time of this writing, the module offers the following options:

  • jsonrpc for the HTTP based RPC server,
  • offline for running the wallet without Internet connection and even without the wallet file.


This backend requires a running monero-wallet-rpc process with a Monero wallet file opened. This can be on your local system or a remote node, depending on where the wallet file lives and where the daemon is running. Refer to the quickstart for general setup information.

The Python requests library is used in order to facilitate HTTP requests to the JSON RPC interface. It makes POST requests and passes proper headers, parameters, and payload data as per the official Wallet RPC documentation.

Also, jsonrpc backend is the default choice and both Wallet and Daemon classes can be invoked in a simple form with no backend argument given. They will assume connection to the default mainnet port on localhost, like below:

In [1]: wallet = Wallet()   # is equivalent to: wallet = Wallet(JSONRPCWallet(host='localhost', port=18081)


This backend allows creating a Wallet instance without network connection or even without the wallet itself. In version 0.5 the only practical use is to cold-generate subaddresses like in the example below:

In [8]: w = Wallet(OfflineWallet('47ewoP19TN7JEEnFKUJHAYhGxkeTRH82sf36giEp9AcNfDBfkAtRLX7A6rZz18bbNHPNV7ex6WYbMN3aKisFRJZ8Ebsmgef', view_key='6d9056aa2c096bfcd2f272759555e5764ba204dd362604a983fa3e0aafd35901'))

In [9]: w.get_address(100,37847)
Out[9]: 883Gcsq65iqh4UL3fJTWLxY45skXyFVNQJZ4bdw4TJcqd8vafvtpX4p6HNmawqFMQ6TwJP7adzyLT1fbU6z1n9dqB9bJrfn
class monero.backends.offline.OfflineWallet(address, view_key=None, spend_key=None)

Offline backend for Monero wallet. Provides support for address generation.

exception monero.backends.offline.WalletIsOffline