Drain an account

In this section, we show how to transfer all tokens from one account (implicit or originated) to another so that the source account balance is zero.

Draining implicit accounts (tz1, tz2, tz3)

We want to "empty" an implicit account by sending all of its tokens to another account. It can be tricky to empty a tezos account completely because the gas fee must be subtracted from the account balance.

To do so, we first need to estimate the fees related to this operation. The estimate property of the TezosToolkit provides access to operation estimation utilities. Calling the transfer method will return an instance of the Estimate class and its suggestedFeeMutez property will allow us to know the fee associated with the operation.

Once we know the associated fees, we can calculate the maximum amount that needs to be sent to drain the account by subtracting these fees from the account balance.

Finally, we can do the transfer operation and use the maximum amount we just calculated as the amount parameter of the transfer function.


In the following example, the account we want to empty is not yet revealed. We need to keep in mind that there are fees related to a reveal operation. This is why we are subtracting 1420 mutez from the balance as it will be used as reveal fees.

If the account to drain has already been revealed, you must not subtract this amount (1420 mutez) from the balance.

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Draining originated accounts (KT1)

In the following example, we first originate a contract with a starting balance of 8 ꜩ. Then, we transfer all of its tokens to an implicit account.

The contract we originate is a manager contract. It has a do method taking a lambda function as a parameter. We call the smart contract by passing a function called transferImplicit to its do method in order to transfer its tokens to the implicit address. More information on transfers involving originated KT1 addresses can be found here.

In the example, we estimate the transfer operation before doing it. When draining the account, the associated fees will be deducted from the manager's address. Thus, for the operation to be successful, the manager's address for that account must contain funds to cover the gas.

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