Changing the private key for an EOS account

When interacting with EOS mainnet, especially at its early stage, you may suspect that your private key could be leaked. For example, you pasted it into a web application that you don’t fully trust.

With the cleos command-line tool, you can easily change the private key for your account in a short time and at no cost. You would, however, need to compile it on your Linux machine using the build instructions.

The operation is two-step, as you need to replace the owner and active key authorizations. Key access to an account is defined by its permissions (which we are going to modify with the below commands).

# create a new keypair
cleos create key
# example the keys created:
# Private key: 5HpyL****
# Public key: EOS6wNAR****
# unlock your wallet with the old key
cleos wallet unlock
# Now issue two transactions that modify the active
# and owner keys:
cleos -u https://eos.greymass.com/ set account permission MYACCOUNT active EOS6wNAR**** owner -p MYACCOUNT@ownercleos -u https://eos.greymass.com/ set account permission MYACCOUNT owner EOS6wNAR**** -p MYACCOUNT@owner

Now you can save your new keys in a secure place and discard the old keys. You can also remove the old key from your wallet and import the new one:

cleos wallet remove_key OLDPUBKEY
# add space in front of the command, so that it does not get
# into bash history
cleos wallet import 5HpyL****

Telegram: cc32d9, EOS account: "cc32dninexxx"

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