I am using Python Substrate Interface (https://github.com/polkascan/py-substrate-interface) to interact with the substrate node.

I need to execute Pallet::Balances::force_transfer function, this function can only be run with the root/sudo account. How I can achieve this please.

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You need to have the Sudo pallet deployed, which is often the case in development networks.
Then you can wrap the call in Sudo::sudo and sign it with the sudo key.

Example of Alice being sudo and stealing funds from Bob via sudo force_transfer;
You can try this code on a substrate --dev node to see it working.

from substrateinterface import SubstrateInterface, Keypair
from substrateinterface.exceptions import SubstrateRequestException

substrate = SubstrateInterface(

# Derive the Alice and Bob accounts
alice = Keypair.create_from_uri('//Alice')
bob = Keypair.create_from_uri('//Bob')

# Query the sudo key
sudo_key = substrate.query(

print("Sudo key: {}".format(sudo_key.value))
if sudo_key.value == alice.ss58_address:
    print("Alice is the sudo key")
    raise Exception("Unknown or no sudo key")

# Alice steals funds from Bob via sudo force_transfer:
call = substrate.compose_call(
        'source': bob.ss58_address,
        'dest': alice.ss58_address,
        'value': 100000000000000000000,
# Wrap it in sudo.
call = substrate.compose_call(
        'call': call.value,

# Signed by Alice
extrinsic = substrate.create_signed_extrinsic(call=call, keypair=alice)

    receipt = substrate.submit_extrinsic(extrinsic, wait_for_inclusion=True)
    print("Extrinsic '{}' sent and included in block '{}'".format(receipt.extrinsic_hash, receipt.block_hash))

except SubstrateRequestException as e:
    print("Failed to send: {}".format(e))
  • Thanks @oliver for the help. What if Alice is not a sudo user? Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 13:58
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    Then you need to use a different mnemonic instead of //Alice. Development chains use Alice, that's why I used it in the example. Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 14:05
  • Thank you very much for the help and your time, What if I wanted to do two transaction with pallet::balances::force_transfer from two diffirent source account, wraps in pallet:utlity::batch and than perform these transaction as a sudo. Can we use a double wraper here? Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 15:27
  • It should be enough to wrap the batch in a sudo since batch propagates the origin. Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 12:26
  • any example of how to do same in rust? :) Commented May 17, 2023 at 13:23

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