• Console packages:
  • id: Assert version: 4.2.1
  • id: Nethereum.Web3 version: 2.0.1

Signing messages with Nethereum

Nethereum allows you to sign any type of data using Ethereum signature format. The following is a quick guide to signing with Nethereum.

First, we need to set our environment:


First, let's download the test chain matching your environment from https://github.com/Nethereum/Testchains

Start a Geth chain (geth-clique-linux\, geth-clique-windows\ or geth-clique-mac\) using startgeth.bat (Windows) or startgeth.sh (Mac/Linux). The chain is setup with the Proof of Authority consensus and will start the mining process immediately.

We then need to add Nethereum's Nuget package:

#r "Nethereum.Web3"

After that, we will need to add using statements:

using Nethereum.Web3;
using Nethereum.Web3.Accounts;
using Nethereum.Web3.Accounts.Managed;

using Nethereum.Signer;
using Nethereum.KeyStore;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

Signing a message offline

Signing a message allows to certify that a piece of data was signed by a specific sending account. A signed message proves the origin of a message without revealing the private key of its signer account.

The below shows how to sign an arbitrary string:

address declares the sender's address

var address = "0x12890d2cce102216644c59dae5baed380d84830c";

msg declares the content of the message itself, here it's a simple string.

var msg = "wee test message 18/09/2017 02:55PM";

privatekey declares the sender's address

var privateKey = "0xb5b1870957d373ef0eeffecc6e4812c0fd08f554b37b233526acc331bf1544f7";

signer creates an instance of the EthereumMessageSigner object:

var signer = new EthereumMessageSigner();

signature evaluates to the signature itself: a string.

var signature = signer.EncodeUTF8AndSign(msg, new EthECKey(privateKey));

addressRec evaluates to the signer's address

var addressRec = signer.EncodeUTF8AndEcRecover(msg, signature);