I want to generate both the monerowallet and monerowallet.keys files, but I can't find any resources on how to do it. The cli tools offer a --generate-new-wallet, but it requires manual overhead and user input. Is there any good way to do this?


Using monero-python I can generate all the keys, but even using the monero-wallet-cli's --generate-from-json it still prompts for user input so I can't do it that way either.

  • What do you mean by "but it requires manual overhead"? What's your use-case?
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Mar 22, 2019 at 3:56
  • --generate-from-json doesn't prompt for input if all the required parameters are in the json file. Also, you don't need to pre-generate any keys, just a seed. See my answer.
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Mar 22, 2019 at 4:02

2 Answers 2


In bash, just:

monero-wallet-cli  --create-address-file --password password123 --mnemonic-language English --generate-new-wallet ./new.wallet

You can enumerate new.wallet with a variable. Just wait a few seconds and (p)kill the client before moving on to next.

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    In addition to my answer, this works too.
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Mar 22, 2019 at 12:33

You have a couple of options.

One option is to have a running wallet RPC: monero-wallet-rpc --wallet-dir . --rpc-bind-port 18085 --disable-rpc-login

Which you can then call its create_wallet method like:

curl -X POST http://localhost:18085/json_rpc -d \
  {"filename":"monerowallet","password":"pass","language":"English"}}' \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json'

Another option would be to use monero-wallet-cli --generate-from-json wallet.json when you have a wallet.json with content like:

  "version": 1,
  "filename": "monerowallet",
  "scan_from_height": 1796000,
  "password": "pass",
  "seed": "some valid seed ..."

But of course that requires you to have already created a seed.

Lastly, another approach I've seen used is to create a wrapper script around monero-wallet-cli --generate-new-wallet which uses redirection to echo input to the monero-wallet-cli processes stdin. There are many ways to accomplish this and is very much shell specific.

The RPC method is probably your best option (without knowing your use-case).

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