Account Class

This case demonstrates how the Account class works. We present how to create an account object, associate it with a contract and then execute some actions of this contract.


EOSFactory wraps EOSIO accounts using Python objects, i.e. instances of the Account class. The mapping between actual accounts and their EOSFactory representations is cached locally in a file. As a result, what we achieve is consistent testing environment across separate Python sessions.

Use Case

Create a new account

Create a new Python session and import EOSFactory API:

$ python3
from eosfactory.eosf import *

Start a local testnet, create a wallet and then create a special master account referenced by a global variable called master:


Next, use the master account to create another account referenced by a global variable called host:

create_account("host", master)

The first argument is the name of variable to be created, the second one points to the master account, which we created in the previous step.

You can verify that the variable exists and its methods can be invoked, for example:

The create_account command performs several tasks:

  • verifies that a Wallet object exist in the namespace,
  • verifies that the proposed variable name is not already taken,
  • registers a new account on the testnet - this account has its own name generated randomly,
  • using the proposed name, creates a global variable referencing the actual account on the testnet,
  • opens the wallet, unlocks it and stores the account’s private keys into it,
  • and finally, updates its internal statistics tracking all accounts created in a similar way.

All the above actions are logged to the terminal, which can be visible, provided the verbosity is set to its default value.

Methods of the Account class

An instance of the Account class has the following methods:

  • info() - list the account’s information,
  • push_action() - push an action to the smart-contract,
  • show_action() - display a JSON file of a transaction without sending it to the blockchain,
  • table() - list the content of the local database associated with the smart-contract.

NOTE: the master account is an instance of a different class (i.e. the AccountMaster class) which does not implement the above methods. As a consequence, you cannot associate a smart-contract with an instance of the AccountMaster class.

Create a contract object

Create an instance of the Contract class and associate it with the host account:

contract = Contract(host, "01_hello_world")

The second argument of the creator of the Contract class identifies the location of the contract’s source code (you can supply the entire path, but in case of standard locations, e.g. EOSFactory demo contracts or your predefined workspace, you can just specify the folder name).

Next, let’s build and deploy the contract:

Execute the contract

If the deployment succeeds, the contract can be executed.

First, create two accounts - alice and carol:

create_account("alice", master)
create_account("carol", master)

And then you can push actions of the contract stored at the host account, using those two other accounts as arguments:

host.push_action("hi", {"user":alice}, alice)
host.push_action("hi", {"user":carol}, carol)

You can also try the show_action method:

host.show_action("hi", {"user":alice}, alice)

NOTE: As the 01_hello_world does not define any tables, in this case the table method will not work.

Finally, stop the local testnet and exit Python CLI:


Test run

The examples presented in this document can be executed as a Python script:

python3 docs/sphinx/source/cases/04_account/

You should get output similar to this: