0.0.1-alpha.6 • Published 6 years ago

aepp-sdk v0.0.1-alpha.6

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A wrapper for the Aeternity Epoch net.


The current state of the SDK is Alpha and might be subject to breaking changes and restructuring until it has stabilized


Local branch development

This package makes use of ES6 language patterns. To be able to use the full command line functionality provided in this repository, please make sure, that you set up your local environment to use NodeJS v9 or above.


npm install aepps-sdk


Transaction Signing

Signing transactions with private keys is a fundamental feature of the blockchain protocol. Epoch provides useful convenience methods for constructing transactions of different kinds. For more information on these endpoints the Swagger Explorer is a good starting point. The relevant transactions are grouped under /tx/*.

The following snippet demonstrates the most basic usage for offchain signing in the SDK. First call a convenience method to receive a serialized, packed (/w msgpack) and base encrypted version of the transaction which is used in the second step to create a signature on the transaction with the private key.

const AeternityClient = require('aepps-sdk')

let provider = new AeternityClient.providers.HttpProvider('localhost', 3003, {internalPort: 3103, secured: false)
let client = AeternityClient(provider)

const privateKey = '<lets assume you extracted your private key which is store here as a hex>'

// Convenience method to receive a valid spending transaction hash from the server
client.base.getSpendTx (recipient, amount).then(
    (data) => {
        let unsignedTx = data.tx
        client.tx.sendSigned(tx, privateKey)


If you are interested in more details how the transactions are encrypted, please use the CLI example here.

The example demonstrates how to send token with an offchain signed transaction and outputs a detailed description of the decryption process. Before you can run the example you either have to get access to the keys pair in your Epoch distribution (option --keys) or you have already a hex version of your private key which you can use (option --private).

Option 1, --keys (you have to know your passwort to decrypt the keys, defaults to: 'secret')

examples/signing.js spend-signed <recipient_pub_key> <amount> --keys <your Epoch keys>

Option 2, --private

examples/signing.js spend-signed <recipient_pub_key> <amount> --keys <your Epoch keys>

The documentation here also walks you through that demo.


The example below covers Aeternity's built-in Naming System functionality. For more information please check AENS

// See above for client instanciation 

const aensLifecycle = async (domain, salt) => {

  let domainData = client.aens.query(domain)
  if (domainData) {
    let nameHash = domainData['name_hash']
    console.log(`Name ${domain} is not available anymore! hash: ${nameHash}`)
  } else {
    // get the commitment hash
    let commitment = await client.aens.getCommitmentHash(domain, salt)
    // preclaim the name
    let preclaimHash = await client.aens.preClaim(commitment, 1)
    console.log(`Preclaim hash: ${preclaimHash}`)
    // wait for 1 block
    await client.base.waitNBlocks(1)
    // Claim the domain
    let nameHash = await client.aens.claim(domain, salt, 1)
    console.log(`Domain claimed with hash ${nameHash}`)
    // Let the name point to an account (or oracle)
    let updatedNameHash = await client.aens.update('ak$3Xp...rLYHyuA2', nameHash)
    console.log(`${updatedNameHash} is just the same name hash`)
    let updatedDomainData = client.aens.query('example.aet')
    console.log(`Domain now points to ${JSON.parse(updatedDomainData['pointer'])['account_key']}`)
    // Revoke the domain
    await client.aens.revoke(nameHash, 1)
    return nameHash

// salt should be random integer
let randomInt = Math.floor(Math.random() * Math.floor(Number.MAX_SAFE_INTEGER))
aensLifecycle('aepps.aet', 12345).then((nameHash) => console.log("Life and death of 'aepps.aet'"))


An oracle serves as a provider of real-world data for smart contracts on the block chain. In Æternity, oracles are first-class citizens of the block chain.

Serving an oracle:

const axios = require('axios')

// We are using a websocket provider here
let provider = new AeternityClient.providers.WebSocketProvider (options.host, options.port)
let client = new AeternityClient (provider)

// Add a connection listener listening on 'open' events to make sure, that the oracle is not registered  
client.addConnectionListener(new ConnectionListener({
onOpen: () => {
  // Websocket connection is open
  client.oracles.register ('queryFormat', 'responseFormat', 4, 500, 5).then (
    (oracleId) => {
      // Landing here means that the oracle with ID ${oracleId} is online
      // ... now set a function that serves as the immediate responder to a query 
      client.oracles.setResolver ((queryData) => {
        let statementId = queryData['query']
        axios.get (`https://vote.aepps.com/statements/${statementId}/json`)
          .then ((response) => {
            // Respond to the query
            client.oracles.respond (queryData['query_id'], 4, JSON.stringify (response.data))
          .catch (
            (error) => {
              console.error (error)

Querying an oracle:

// Let's assume the client has been initialised as above...

client.addConnectionListener(new ConnectionListener({
onOpen: () => {
  client.oracles.query (oracle, 4, 10, 10, 7, query).then (
    (response) => {
      console.log (`New response:\n ${JSON.stringify (response)}`)

It should be pointed out, that in practice the client side of an oracle lives inside a smart contract and not in Javascript code. This example is mostly for demonstration and testing purposes.


Start the example Oracle provider (Providing Æpp Vote Statements)

examples/oracles.js serve

Ask questions to the oracle.

examples/oracles.js ask <oracle_id>


Key decryption

This CLI can be used during development to transform the stored keys on a node to test offchain signing.

npm run decrypt -- <KEYS DIRECTORY>