The pysteem library comes with its own local configuration database that stores information like

  • API node URLs
  • default account name
  • the encrypted master password
  • the default voting weight
  • if keyring should be used for unlocking the wallet

and potentially more.

You can access those variables like a regular dictionary by using

from beem import Steem
steem = Steem()

Keys can be added and changed like they are for regular dictionaries.

If you don’t want to load the beem.steem.Steem class, you can load the configuration directly by using:

from import configStorage as config

It is also possible to access the configuration with the commandline tool beempy:

beempy config

API node URLs

The default node URLs which will be used when node is None in beem.steem.Steem class is stored in config[“nodes”] as string. The list can be get and set by:

from beem import Steem
steem = Steem()
node_list = steem.get_default_nodes()
node_list = node_list[1:] + [node_list[0]]

beempy can also be used to set nodes:

beempy set nodes wss://
beempy set nodes "['wss://', 'wss://']"

The default nodes can be reset to the default value. When the first node does not answer, steem should be set to the offline mode. This can be done by:

beempy -o set nodes ""


from beem import Steem
steem = Steem(offline=True)

Default account

The default account name is used in some functions, when no account name is given. It is also used in beempy for all account related functions.

from beem import Steem
steem = Steem()
steem.config["default_account"] = "test"

or by beempy with

beempy set default_account test

Default voting weight

The default vote weight is used for voting, when no vote weight is given.

from beem import Steem
steem = Steem()
steem.config["default_vote_weight"] = 100

or by beempy with

beempy set default_vote_weight 100

Setting password_storage

The password_storage can be set to:

  • environment, this is the default setting. The master password for the wallet can be provided in the environment variable UNLOCK.
  • keyring (when set with beempy, it asks for the wallet password)
beempy set password_storage environment
beempy set password_storage keyring

Environment variable for storing the master password

When password_storage is set to environment, the master password can be stored in UNLOCK for unlocking automatically the wallet.

Keyring support for beempy and wallet

In order to use keyring for storing the wallet password, the following steps are necessary:

  • Install keyring: pip install keyring
  • Change password_storage to keyring with beempy and enter the wallet password.

It also possible to change the password in the keyring by

python -m keyring set beem wallet

The stored master password can be displayed in the terminal by

python -m keyring get beem wallet

When keyring is set as password_storage and the stored password in the keyring is identically to the set master password of the wallet, the wallet is automatically unlocked everytime it is used.

Testing if unlocking works

Testing if the master password is correctly provided by keyring or the UNLOCK variable:

from beem import Steem
steem = Steem()

When the output is False, automatic unlocking with keyring or the UNLOCK variable works. It can also tested by beempy with

beempy walletinfo --test-unlock

When no password prompt is shown, unlocking with keyring or the UNLOCK variable works.