walletpassphrase "passphrase" timeout

Stores the wallet decryption key in memory for ‘timeout’ seconds.

This is needed prior to performing transactions related to private keys such as sending bitcoins Note:

Issuing the walletpassphrase command while the wallet is already unlocked will set a new unlock time that overrides the old one.

Argument #1 - passphrase

Type: string, required

The wallet passphrase

Argument #2 - timeout

Type: numeric, required

The time to keep the decryption key in seconds; capped at 100000000 (~3 years).


null    (json null)


Unlock the wallet for 60 seconds:

bitcoin-cli walletpassphrase "my pass phrase" 60

Lock the wallet again (before 60 seconds):

bitcoin-cli walletlock

As a JSON-RPC call:

curl --user myusername --data-binary '{"jsonrpc": "1.0", "id": "curltest", "method": "walletpassphrase", "params": ["my pass phrase", 60]}' -H 'content-type: text/plain;'