I'm aware of the get_balance function - https://www.getmonero.org/resources/developer-guides/wallet-rpc.html#get_balance

$ curl -d 
-H 'Content-Type: application/json'


However, it doesn't show how, at what point use the private view key, nor any keys at all.


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The monero-wallet-rpc program operates on a wallet, not just key(s). Create1 yourself a view-only wallet and open that with the monero-wallet-rpc (either using the --wallet-file=<file> option or open_wallet RPC method).

Additionally, you need to understand that to get the balance, a view-only wallet is not sufficient alone, as you need to also track the spent status of outputs to know the wallet balance. See this answer for import/export of outputs and key-images, which you'll also need to perform.

1There are multiple ways to create your view-only wallet, one example is via monero-wallet-cli --generate-from-view-key arg.

  • But I haven't asked about monero-wallet-rpc. I've asked about RPC, and making requests to an RPC node
    – Kum
    Commented Dec 2, 2022 at 16:48
  • monero-wallet-rpc is the thing RPC you'd use. There are two different RPC interfaces with Monero: wallet and daemon. As you're asking about wallet functionality (balance), you use the wallet RPC.
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Dec 2, 2022 at 20:06
  • "But I haven't asked about monero-wallet-rpc" <- You have though. You used a link to the monero-wallet-rpc documentation in your question.
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Dec 2, 2022 at 20:16
  • Even if I asked about, now I'm saying: I'm not asking about wallet RPC. I'm asking about RPC on a remote node.
    – Kum
    Commented Dec 3, 2022 at 0:32
  • "remote node"s have no wallet level functionality. Your question specifically asks about the get_balance wallet RPC method. There is no daemon (remote or local) RPC method to get a wallets balance.
    – jtgrassie
    Commented Dec 3, 2022 at 5:33

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