Commonly Used Commands

Adding keys

uptick comes with its own encrypted wallet to which keys need to be added::

uptick addkey

On first run, you will be asked to provide a new passphrase that you will need to provide every time you want to post on the BitShares network. Using an empty password is not allowed, however, you can used the UNLOCK environmental variable if you need to automatically unlock the wallet with uptick::

UNLOCK="password" uptick transfer ....

List available Keys and accounts

You can list the installed keys using::

uptick listkeys

This command will give the list of public keys to which the private keys are available.:

uptick listaccounts

This command tries to resolve the public keys into account names registered on the network (experimental).


uptick comes with its owne configuration::

uptick set default_account <account-name>

All configuration variables are provided with uptick set --help You can see your local configuration by calling:

uptick configuration

Transfer Assets

BitShares can be transfered via:

uptick transfer receipient 100.000 BTS

If --author is not provided, the default account as defined with uptick set author will be taken.

Buy/Sell Assets

You can of course sell your assets in the internal decentralized exchange that is integrated into the BitShares blockchain by using::

uptick buy <amount> <asset-to-buy> <price> <asset-to-sell>
uptick sell <amount> <asset-to-sell> <price> <asset-to-buy>


Get an account’s balance with:

uptick balance <account>

If <account> is not provided, the default account will be taken.


You can get an accounts history by using:

uptick history <account>

Furthermore you can filter by types and limit the result by transaction numer. More information can be found by calling uptick history -h.


Any account permission can be inspected using:

uptick permissions [<account>]

The take the following form:

| Permission | Threshold |                                               Key/Account |
|      owner |         2 |                                                fabian (1) |
|            |           | BTS7mgtsF5XPU9tokFpEz2zN9sQ89oAcRfcaSkZLsiqfWMtRDNKkc (1) |
|     active |         1 | BTS6quoHiVnmiDEXyz4fAsrNd28G6q7qBCitWbZGo4pTfQn8SwkzD (1) |
|    posting |         1 |                                             streemian (1) |
|            |           | BTS6xpuUdyoRkRJ1GQmrHeNiVC3KGadjrBayo25HaTyBxBCQNwG3j (1) |
|            |           | BTS8aJtoKdTsrRrWg3PB9XsbsCgZbVeDhQS3VUM1jkcXfVSjbv4T8 (1) |

The permissions are either owner (full control over the account), active (full control, except for changing the owner), and posting (for posting and voting). The keys can either be a public key or another account name while the number behind shows the weight of the entry. If the weight is smaller than the threshold, a single signature will not suffice to validate a transaction


Permissions can be changed using::

uptick allow --account <account> --weight 1 --permission posting --threshold 1 <foreign_account>
uptick disallow --permission <permissions> <foreign_account>

More details and the default parameters can be found via::

uptick allow --help
uptick disallow --help


uptick can read data from the blockchain and present it to the user in tabular form. It can automatically identify:

  • block numbers (1000021)
  • account names (uptick)
  • assets (BTS)
  • public keys (BTSxxxxxxxxxx)
  • general blockchain parameters

The corresponding data can be presented using::

uptick info [block_num [account name [pubkey [identifier [asset]]]]]