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Access Keys

Access key provides an access for a particular account. Each access key belongs to some account and is identified by a unique (within the account) public key. Access keys are stored as account_id,public_key in a trie state. Account can have from zero to multiple access keys.

pub struct AccessKey {
/// The nonce for this access key.
/// NOTE: In some cases the access key needs to be recreated. If the new access key reuses the
/// same public key, the nonce of the new access key should be equal to the nonce of the old
/// access key. It's required to avoid replaying old transactions again.
pub nonce: Nonce,
/// Defines permissions for this access key.
pub permission: AccessKeyPermission,

There are 2 types of AccessKeyPermission in NEAR currently: FullAccess and FunctionCall. FullAccess grants permissions to issue any action on the account. This includes DeployContract, Transfer tokens, call functions FunctionCall, Stake and even permission to delete the account DeleteAccountAction. FunctionCall on the other hand, only grants permission to call any or a specific set of methods on one given contract. It has an allowance of $NEAR that can be spent on GAS and transaction fees only. Function call access keys cannot be used to transfer $NEAR.

pub enum AccessKeyPermission {


Grants limited permission to make FunctionCall to a specified receiver_id and methods of a particular contract with a limit of allowed balance to spend.

pub struct FunctionCallPermission {
/// Allowance is a balance limit to use by this access key to pay for function call gas and
/// transaction fees. When this access key is used, both account balance and the allowance is
/// decreased by the same value.
/// `None` means unlimited allowance.
/// NOTE: To change or increase the allowance, the old access key needs to be deleted and a new
/// access key should be created.
pub allowance: Option<Balance>,

/// The access key only allows transactions with the given receiver's account id.
pub receiver_id: AccountId,

/// A list of method names that can be used. The access key only allows transactions with the
/// function call of one of the given method names.
/// Empty list means any method name can be used.
pub method_names: Vec<String>,

Account without access keys

If account has no access keys attached it means that it has no owner who can run transactions from its behalf. However, if such accounts has code it can be invoked by other accounts and contracts.