I am trying to build a transaction with a wallet that has 6 ADA. The transaction fee is 165721 lovelaces. So 6000000 - 165721 = 5827019 lovelaces. But when i try to send 5827019 lovelaces I get an error saying I can't build the transaction because the Minimum UTxO threshold: Lovelace 999978. Is it possible to send all my ADA or do I have have to leave a balance of at least 1 ADA?

Here is my build command

cardano-cli transaction build --alonzo-era --testnet-magic 1097911063 --change-address <change_addr> --tx-in <tx_in> --tx-out <recpt_addr>+5827019 --out-file <build_file>

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    Note: cardano-cli transaction build does have some issues, I find cardano-cli transaction build-raw is more reliable but need some extra work. You will need to calculate fees manually and add another --tx-out for the change. Jun 16, 2022 at 5:43
  • Additiionally, if you use the cardano-cli transaction build-raw command, you can specify exactly the fee amount you wish to pay, and as long as it is above the minimum (which itself is estimated by the calculate-min-fee subcommand), the tx will be valid. Use this if you wish to create a transaction without change.
    – zhekson
    Jun 17, 2022 at 14:23
  • If you are trying to send all to one address, just put that address in the --change-address and remove the --tx-out line. Nov 7, 2022 at 7:13

2 Answers 2


The problem is that your fee is probably not exactly 165721.

  • You have 6000000 lovelace
  • You want to send 5827019 lovelace to recpt_addr
  • The fee is something like 165721 but not exactly (probably less)
  • Some lovelace are left and the command tries to send them to change_addr

You can inspect the transaction using cardano-cli transaction view --tx-body-file <build_file> to see the problem, then you can adjust your command params accordingly.

Maybe it would also work if you simply set the change address to the same address as the recipient:

  • --change-address <recpt_addr>

Cli commands to send all ada from an address to another :

cardano-cli transaction build-raw \
--tx-in a61c02<...>8848#0 \
--tx-out DdzFF<...>v2mEoo+2061351 \
--invalid-hereafter 000000 \
--fee 172233 \
--out-file tx.raw 

cardano-cli transaction calculate-min-fee \
--tx-body-file tx.raw \
--tx-in-count 1 \
--tx-out-count 1 \
--witness-count 1 \
--byron-witness-count 0 \
--mainnet \
--protocol-params-file ../../protocol.json

cardano-cli transaction sign \
--tx-body-file tx.raw \
--signing-key-file payment.skey \
--mainnet \
--out-file tx.signed

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

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