Send a transaction with Polygon
As with Ethereum, transactions are state-changing actions on the Polygon PoS blockchain. Examples of transactions are:
  • Regular transactions from one account to another.
  • Contract deployment transactions, or calling a function in a smart contract.
This tutorial uses the Ethereum Web3 JavaScript library to send a transaction between two accounts on the Polygon-Mumbai testnet.
You can also use Infura Transactions (ITX) to send transactions on Polygon Mainnet. ITX is not supported on the Polygon Mumbai testnet.

You can use MetaMask or a similar Ethereum wallet to create an account for testing purposes on the Polygon blockchain.

Refer to the Polygon instruction to add the Polygon networks to MetaMask. This tutorial uses the Polygon-Mumbai network.

Use the Polygon faucet to load testnet MATIC on your account for the Mumbai network.

Create a new directory for your project. This can be done from the command line:
mkdir sendTransaction
Change into the new directory:
cd sendTransaction

Install the web3 and dotenv packages in the project directory.
The dotenv package allows you to use a .env file to securely store private environment variables on your local machine.
Install the web3 package:
npm install web3
Install the dotenv package:
npm install dotenv --save

Create a .env file in your project directory to store the project and account details.
POLYGON_NETWORK = "polygon-mumbai"
SIGNER_PRIVATE_KEY = "<Private-Key>"
Ensure you replace the following values in the .env file:
Never disclose your private key. Anyone with your private keys can steal any assets held in your account.

In this example we'll create a JavaScript file (send.js) in the project directory which configures and sends the transaction.
const Web3 = require("web3");
async function main() {
// Configuring the connection to the Polygon node
const network = process.env.POLYGON_NETWORK;
const web3 = new Web3(
new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(
// Creating a signing account from a private key
const signer = web3.eth.accounts.privateKeyToAccount(
// Creating the transaction object
const tx = {
from: signer.address,
to: "0xeAD9C93b79Ae7C1591b1FB5323BD777E86e150d4",
value: web3.utils.toWei("0.001"),
// Assigning the right amount of gas
tx.gas = await web3.eth.estimateGas(tx);
// Sending the transaction to the network
const receipt = await web3.eth
.once("transactionHash", (txhash) => {
console.log(`Mining transaction ...`);
console.log(`Transaction hash: ${txhash}`);
// The transaction is now on chain!
console.log(`Mined in block ${receipt.blockNumber}`);

To execute the transaction, run:
node sendTx.js
The command line will display a link to view the transaction details.

Copy transaction hash and view the transaction in the Polygon Mumbai block explorer.
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On this page
1. Add Polygon network to MetaMask
2. Fund your account
3. Create a project directory
4. Install required packages
5. Create the .env file
6. Create send.js file
7. Execute the transaction
8. View the transaction details