From the documentation you can make a request using Javascript to the "Friendbot" to receive test Lumens for an account:

// The SDK does not have tools for creating test accounts, so you'll have to
// make your own HTTP request.
var request = require('request');
  url: 'https://friendbot.stellar.org',
  qs: { addr: pair.publicKey() },
  json: true
}, function(error, response, body) {
  if (error || response.statusCode !== 200) {
    console.error('ERROR!', error || body);
  else {
    console.log('SUCCESS! You have a new account :)\n', body);

Is it possible to do something similar to this but that would send a request to an account where I have a large amount of XLM (my "reserve" account).

For context of this question: I would like to try to implement some method that upon creation of stellar wallets in my Dapp for users there would be a request sent so that some from my reserve of XLM would be sent to their account so they could cover base and minimum fees and pay to send tokens I would give them.

Thanks for any help, I'm just learning how to work with stellar.

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There is an operation called createAccount, and it's used to activate accounts with a starting balance. In fact all friendbot does is exactly what you are saying (it has a base account with a large balance and it does createAccount with 10000 lumens).


Here's some sample code:

const transaction = new StellarSdk.TransactionBuilder(sourceAccount)
    destination: destinationId,
    startingBalance: "10"

return server.submitTransaction(transaction);
  • Thanks, so if I was to create accounts for an application I could use code like that to crate them and send a starting balance of XLM from the sourceAccount? How would I get a destinationId value though if the account was not yet created? Aug 10, 2018 at 15:30
  • 2
    That's correct. You can generate a keypair (public/private key) without actually "creating it" on the stellar network by activating it with lumens. See stellar.github.io/js-stellar-sdk/Keypair.html#.random
    – Paul
    Aug 10, 2018 at 15:47

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