Create Raw Transaction

The createrawtransaction RPC creates an unsigned serialized transaction that spends a previous output to a new output with a P2PKH or P2SH address. The transaction is not stored in the wallet or transmitted to the network.

Parameter #1—Inputs

Name Type Presence Description
Inputs array Required(Exactly 1) An array of objects, each one to be used as an input to the transaction
→ Input object Required(Exactly 1) An object describing a particular input
→ → txid string (hex) Required(Exactly 1) The TXID of the outpoint to be spent encoded as hex in RPC byte order
→ → vout number(int) Required(Exactly 1) The output index number (vout) of the outpoint to be spent; the first output in a transaction is index 0
→ → sequence number(int) Optional (0 or 1) The sequence number to use for the input

Parameter #2—P2PKH or P2SH addresses and amounts

Name Type Presence Description
Outputs object Required(Exactly 1) The addresses and amounts to pay
→ Address/Amount string: number (PAIs) Required (1 or more) A key/value pair with the address to pay as a string (key) and the amount to pay that address (value) in PAIs

Parameter #3—locktime

Name Type Presence Description
Locktime numeric(int) Optional(0 or 1) Indicates the earliest time a transaction can be added to the block chain

Result—the unsigned raw transaction in hex

Name Type Presence Description
result string Required(Exactly 1) The resulting unsigned raw transaction in serialized transaction format encoded as hex. If the transaction couldn’t be generated, this will be set to JSON null and the JSON-RPC error field may contain an error message


PAI-cli -testnet createrawtransaction '''
      "txid": "1eb590cd06127f78bf38ab4140c4cdce56ad9eb8886999eb898ddf4d3b28a91d",
      "vout" : 0
  ]''' '{ "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe": 0.13 }'

Result (wrapped):


See also

  • DecodeRawTransaction: decodes a serialized transaction hex string into a JSON object describing the transaction.
  • SignRawTransaction: signs a transaction in the serialized transaction format using private keys stored in the wallet or provided in the call.
  • SendRawTransaction: validates a transaction and broadcasts it to the peer-to-peer network.
  • Serialized Transaction Format