Key Management

Sagacli and Key Management

sagacli stores and manages your key pairs. You can either create a new key or import your existing key(s).

These keys may be in any format as long as the format is supported by the Tendermint crypto library. It can be used by light-clients, full nodes, or any other application that needs to sign with a private key.


The keyring supports the following backends:


Uses the operating system's default credentials store.


Uses encrypted file-based keystore within the app's configuration directory. This keyring will request a password each time it is accessed, which may occur multiple times in a single command resulting in repeated password prompts.


Uses KDE Wallet Manager as a credentials management application.


Uses the pass command line utility to store and retrieve keys.


Stores keys insecurely to disk. It does not prompt for a password to be unlocked and it should be use only for testing purposes.

kwallet and pass backends depend on external tools. Refer to their respective documentation for more information: see KWallet and pass

The pass backend requires GnuPG.

Supported Functions

To view key management functions supported by sagacli, look at the output below.

$ sagacli keys --help
  sagacli keys [command]

Available Commands:
  add         Add an encrypted private key (either newly generated or recovered), encrypt it, and save to <name> file
  delete      Delete the given keys
  list        List all keys
  rename      Rename an existing key
  show        Retrieve key information by name or address

  -h, --help   help for keys

Global Flags:
      --controller string          controller grpc url (host:port) (default "")
      --from string                Name of private key used to sign (default "bogdan_local")
      --keyring-backend string     Select keyring's backend (os|file|test) (default "file")
      --ledger                     Use the connected Ledger device for signing tx
  -l, --loglevel string            commands logging level (default "info")
      --network-rpc string         <host>:<port> to tendermint rpc interface for remote chain (default "")
  -o, --output string              output type <text|json> (default "text")
      --platform-chain-id string   The SPC network chain ID (default "spc-testnet-1")

Use "sagacli keys [command] --help" for more information about a command.

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