Interaction with the 'Ethereum' Blockchain

Interacts with the open-source, public 'Ethereum' <> blockchain. It provides a distributed computing platform via smart contracts. This package provides functions which interrogate blocks and transactions in the 'Ethereum' blockchain.

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The ether package provides functions for interacting with the Ethereum network.

The details of the RPC interface along with curl examples of interacting with it are documented in the JSON RPC page on the Ethereum Wiki.


Install from GitHub using


Alternatively there is a stable version listed on CRAN.


Load the package.


You'll need to connect to an Ethereum node exposing a RPC interface. By default the package will attempt to connect to a node on localhost using port 8545. However, you can also make use of the public RPC nodes hosted by Assuming that you have created an API key and stored it in the INFURA_MAINNET_KEY environment variable.

set_rpc_address("", key = Sys.getenv("INFURA_MAINNET_KEY"))

Once you've configured the connection to RPC you are ready to interact with the Ethereum blockchain.

#> [1] 4867006
#> 1 'mpfr' number of precision  40   bits 
#> [1] 100000000000
#> 1 'mpfr' number of precision  60   bits 
#> [1] 194274248530503149
#> [1] 1150417


Reference manual

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0.1.6 by Andrew Collier, a year ago

Browse source code at

Authors: Andrew Collier [aut, cre]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-2 license

Imports dplyr, httr, jsonlite, Rmpfr

Suggests testthat, httptest

See at CRAN