# Lotus: send and receive FIL
This guide will show you how to create and manage a Lotus wallet and how to use it to send some Filecoin to a different address.
In order to receive and send FIL with Lotus you will need to have installed and be running a Lotus Node.
# Creating a wallet
lotus wallet new bls
This will print your Filecoin address.
Your wallet information is stored in the
$LOTUS_PATH/keystore). For instructions on export/import, see below.
You can create multiple wallets and list them with:
lotus wallet list
# Obtaining FIL
FIL can be obtained either by using one of the Faucets (check URLs in the Networks dashboard or by buying it from an exchange supporting FIL trading (once mainnet has launched).
Once you have received some FIL you can check your balance with:
lotus wallet balance
Remember that your will only see the latest balance when your daemon is fully synced to the current tip of the chain.
# Sending FIL
Sending some FIL from default wallet can be achieved by running:
lotus wallet send <target address> <amount>
To get default wallet address:
lotus wallet default
To set default wallet address to a different address:
lotus wallet set-default <address>
To send some FIL from a specific wallet:
lotus send --from=<sender address> <target address> <amount>
Make sure to check
lotus wallet send --help for advanced options.
# Exporting and importing a wallet
Keep your wallets' private keys safe!
You can export and re-import a wallet, potentially to a different Lotus node, with:
lotus wallet export <address> > wallet.private
lotus wallet import wallet.private
If one of the nodes is offline, copying the files in
~/.lotus/keystore directly should also work.