i am looking so long, but till now didnt find a complete answer about : how to send a token / asset from cardano-cli. can you please help me to go in details about build the transaction from the CLI ?

  1. cardano-cli transaction build-raw \
  2. cardano-cli transaction calculate-min-fee
  3. cardano-cli transaction build-raw
  4. cardano-cli transaction sign
  5. cardano-cli transaction submit

is the steps correct in high Level? can we go in details to write the commands?

thank you in advanced, Thomas theTokenSquare17

3 Answers 3


The tx-out of the build-raw command is the only thing that is different for sending assets. Instead of address+1000000 it will be address+"1000000 + 5 <policy id><<asset name>"


The only difference between building a regular ADA-only transaction and one that contains ADA + asset(s) is in the cardano-cli transaction build-raw step that follows the multi-asset syntax as discussed in the official cardano documentation

It would look something along the lines of:

cardano-cli transaction build-raw \
--tx-in <TX_ID> \
--fee <FEE> \
--out-file tx.raw

Note that in the --tx-out step, LOVELACE should be an integer value, and "NUMBER_OF_TOKEN(s) POLICYID" should all be a string.

The rest of the steps for caluclating min fees and signing/submitting should be the same.


thank you so much for the link, it was exactly what i needed and yes, it is righ. used it, tested and worked

cardano-cli transaction build-raw
--fee 0
--tx-in ${tx_in}
--tx-in ${my_tx_in}
--tx-out ${in_addr}+${amountToSendUser}+"1 ${myToken}"
--tx-out ${paymentAddr}+${amountToDonate}+"999 ${myToken}"
--invalid-hereafter $FINALTIP
--out-file tx.draft

fee=$(cardano-cli transaction calculate-min-fee
--tx-body-file tx.draft
--tx-in-count ${TXNS}
--tx-out-count 2
--witness-count 3
--protocol-params-file protocol.json

cardano-cli transaction build-raw
--fee ${fee}
--tx-in ${tx_in}
--tx-in ${my_tx_in}
--tx-out ${in_addr}+${amountToSendUser}+"1 ${myToken}"
--tx-out ${paymentAddr}+${amountToReturn}+"999 ${myToken}"
--invalid-hereafter $FINALTIP
--out-file tx.raw

cardano-cli transaction sign
--signing-key-file $paymentSignKeyPath
--tx-body-file tx.raw
--out-file tx.signed

cardano-cli transaction submit --tx-file tx.signed --mainnet

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