General purpose library for the ARISEN blockchain.

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General purpose library for Arisen blockchains.


ARISENIO/arisenjs Npm ARISENIO/arisen Docker Hub
tag: 1.0.7 npm install arisenjs (version 1) tag: v1.0.6 arisen/arisen:v1.0.6

Upgrade notes:

  • Converted some types in format module from unsigned to signed: UDecimalPad -> DecimalPad for example (15.0.1)
  • All asset and extended_asset amounts require exact decimal places (Change 1 RIX to 1.0000 RIX) (15.0.0)
  • Use config.verbose instead of config.debug (14.1.0)

Prior version matrix.


Ways to instantiate arisenjs.

Arisen = require('arisenjs')

// ARISEN account's Private Key or keys (array) provided statically or by way of a function.
// For multiple keys, the get_required_keys API is used (more on that below).
keyProvider: '5KQwrPbwdL6PhXujxW37FSSQZ1JiwsST4cqQzDeyXtP79zkvFD3'

// Localhost Testnet (run ./docker/
arisen = Arisen({keyProvider})

// Connect to a testnet or mainnet
arisen = Arisen({httpEndpoint, chainId, keyProvider})

// Cold-storage
arisen = Arisen({httpEndpoint: null, chainId, keyProvider})

// Read-only instance when 'arisenjs' is already a dependency
arisen = Arisen.modules.api({/*config*/})

// Read-only instance when an application never needs to write (smaller library)
RsnApi = require('arisenjs-api')
arisen = RsnApi({/*config*/})

No-arguments prints usage.

getBlock - Fetch a block from the ARISEN network.

  "block_num_or_id": "string"

Start a nodrsnd process. The docker in this repository provides a setup the supports the examples in this README.

cd ./docker && ./

All functions read only or transactional follow this pattern for parameters.

// If the last argument is a function it is treated as a callback
arisen.getBlock(1, (error, result) => {})

// If a callback is not provided, a Promise is returned
arisen.getBlock(1) // @returns {Promise}

// Parameters can be positional or an object
arisen.getBlock({block_num_or_id: 1})

// An API with no parameters is invoked with an empty object or callback (avoids logging usage)
arisen.getInfo({}) // @returns {Promise}
arisen.getInfo((error, result) => { console.log(error, result) })

Chain and history API functions are available after creating the arisen object. API methods and documentation are generated from the chain and history json files.

Until we generate a markdown for these, please convert the names in these json to camel case functions.

  • "get_info": .. is arisen.getInfo(..)


Arisen = require('arisenjs')

// Default configuration (additional options below)
config = {
  chainId: null, // 32 byte (64 char) hex string
  keyProvider: ['PrivateKeys...'], // WIF string or array of keys..
  httpEndpoint: '',
  expireInSeconds: 60,
  broadcast: true,
  verbose: false, // API activity
  sign: true

arisen = Arisen(config)
  • chainId hex - Unique ID for the ARISEN network you're connecting too. This is required for valid transaction signing. The chainId is provided via the get_info API call.

    Identifies a chain by its initial genesis block. All transactions signed will only be valid the ARISEN network with this chainId. Verify the chainId for security reasons.

  • keyProvider [array<string>|string|function] - Provides ARISEN account's Private Keys used to sign transaction. If multiple ARISEN account's Private Keys are found, the API get_required_keys is called to discover which signing keys to use. If a function is provided, this function is called for Each bank transaction.

  • httpEndpoint string - http or https location of a nodrsnd server providing a chain API. When using arisenjs from a browser remember to configure the same origin policy in nodrsnd or proxy server. For testing, nodrsnd configuration access-control-allow-origin = * could be used.

    Set this value to null for a cold-storage (no network) configuration.

  • expireInSeconds number - number of seconds before the bank transaction will expire. The time is based on the nodrsnd's clock. An unexpired transaction that may have had an error is a liability until the expiration is reached, this time should be brief.

  • broadcast [boolean=true] - post the bank transaction to the ARISEN network. Use false to obtain a fully Signed ARISEN Transaction.

  • verbose [boolean=false] - verbose logging such as API activity.

  • debug [boolean=false] - low level debug logging (serialization).

  • sign [boolean=true] - sign the bank transaction with a ARISEN account's Private Key. Leaving a transaction unsigned avoids the need to provide a ARISEN account's Private Key.

  • mockTransactions (advanced)

    • mockTransactions: () => null // 'pass', or 'fail'
    • pass - do not broadcast, always pretend that the bank transaction worked
    • fail - do not broadcast, pretend the bank transaction failed
    • null|undefined - broadcast as usual
  • transactionHeaders (advanced) - manually calculate transaction header. This may be provided so arisenjs does not need to make header related API calls to nodrsn. Used in environments like cold-storage. This callback is called for every transaction. Headers are documented here arisenjs-api#headers.

    • transactionHeaders: (expireInSeconds, callback) => {callback(null/*error*/, headers)}
  • logger - default logging configuration.

    logger: {
      log: config.verbose ? console.log : null,
      error: console.error // null to disable

    Turn off all error logging: config.logger = {error: null}


Options may be provided after parameters.

options = {
  authorization: 'alice@active',
  broadcast: true,
  sign: true
arisen.transfer('alice', 'bob', '1.0000 RIX', '', options)
  • authorization [array<auth>|auth] - identifies the signing account and permission typically in a multisig configuration. Authorization may be a string formatted as account@permission or an object<{actor: account, permission}>.

    • If missing default authorizations will be calculated.
    • If provided additional authorizations will not be added.
    • Performs deterministic sorting by account name

    If a default authorization is calculated the action's 1st field must be an account_name. The account_name in the 1st field gets added as the active key authorization for the action.

  • broadcast [boolean=true] - post the bank transaction to the ARISEN network. Use false to obtain a fully Signed ARISEN Transaction.

  • sign [boolean=true] - sign the bank transaction with a ARISEN account's Private Key. Leaving a transaction unsigned avoids the need to provide a ARISEN account's Private Key.


the bank transaction function accepts the standard blockchain transaction.

Required transaction header fields will be added unless your signing without a network connection (httpEndpoint == null). In that case provide you own headers:

// only needed in cold-storage or for offline transactions
const headers = {
  expiration: '2018-06-14T18:16:10'
  ref_block_num: 1,
  ref_block_prefix: 452435776

Create and send (broadcast) a transaction:

/** @return {Promise} */
    // ...headers,
    actions: [
        account: 'arisen.token',
        name: 'transfer',
        authorization: [{
          actor: 'inita',
          permission: 'active'
        data: {
          from: 'inita',
          to: 'initb',
          quantity: '7.0000 RIX',
          memo: ''
  // options -- example: {broadcast: false}

Named action functions

More concise functions are provided for applications that may use actions more frequently. This avoids having lots of JSON in the code.

// Run with no arguments to print usage.

// Callback is last, when omitted a promise is returned
arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.0000 RIX', '', (error, result) => {})
arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.1000 RIX', '') // @returns {Promise}

// positional parameters
arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.2000 RIX', '')

// named parameters
arisen.transfer({from: 'inita', to: 'initb', quantity: '1.3000 RIX', memo: ''})

// options appear after parameters
options = {broadcast: true, sign: true}

// `false` is a shortcut for {broadcast: false}
arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.4000 RIX', '', false)

Read-write API methods and documentation are generated from the arisen token and system.

Assets amounts require zero padding. For a better user-experience, if you know the correct precision you may use DecimalPad to add the padding.

DecimalPad = Arisen.modules.format.DecimalPad
userInput = '10.2'
precision = 4
assert.equal('10.2000', DecimalPad(userInput, precision))

For more advanced signing, see keyProvider and signProvider in index.test.js.


Shorthand is available for some types such as Asset and Authority. This syntax is only for concise functions and does not work when providing entire transaction objects to arisen.transaction..

For example:

  • permission inita defaults inita@active
  • authority 'RSN6MRy..' expands {threshold: 1, keys: [key: 'RSN6MRy..', weight: 1]}
  • authority inita expands {{threshold: 1, accounts: [ 'inita', permission: 'active', weight: 1]}}

New Account

New accounts will likely require some staked tokens for RAM and bandwidth.

wif = '5KQwrPbwdL6PhXujxW37FSSQZ1JiwsST4cqQzDeyXtP79zkvFD3'
pubkey = 'RSN6MRyAjQq8ud7hVNYcfnVPJqcVpscN5So8BhtHuGYqET5GDW5CV'

arisen.transaction(tr => {
    creator: 'arisen',
    name: 'myaccount',
    owner: pubkey,
    active: pubkey

    payer: 'arisen',
    receiver: 'myaccount',
    bytes: 8192

    from: 'arisen',
    receiver: 'myaccount',
    stake_net_quantity: '10.0000 RIX',
    stake_cpu_quantity: '10.0000 RIX',
    transfer: 0


Deploy and call smart contracts.


If you're loading a wasm file, you do not need binaryen. If you're loading a wast file you can include and configure the binaryen compiler, this is used to compile to wasm automatically when calling setcode.

Versions of binaryen may be problematic.

$ npm install binaryen@37.0.0
binaryen = require('binaryen')
arisen = Arisen({keyProvider, binaryen})


wasm = fs.readFileSync(`docker/contracts/arisen.token/arisen.token.wasm`)
abi = fs.readFileSync(`docker/contracts/arisen.token/arisen.token.abi`)

// Publish contract to the ARISEN network
arisen.setcode('myaccount', 0, 0, wasm) // @returns {Promise}
arisen.setabi('myaccount', JSON.parse(abi)) // @returns {Promise}

Fetch a smart contract

// @returns {Promise}
arisen.contract('myaccount', [options], [callback])

// Run immediately, `myaction` returns a Promise
arisen.contract('myaccount').then(myaccount => myaccount.myaction(..))

// Group actions. `transaction` returns a Promise but `myaction` does not
arisen.transaction('myaccount', myaccount => { myaccount.myaction(..) })

// Transaction with multiple contracts
arisen.transaction(['myaccount', 'myaccount2'], ({myaccount, myaccount2}) => {

Offline or cold-storage contract

arisen = Arisen({httpEndpoint: null})

abi = fs.readFileSync(`docker/contracts/arisen.token/arisen.token.abi`)
arisen.fc.abiCache.abi('myaccount', JSON.parse(abi))

// Check that the ABI is available (print usage)
arisen.contract('myaccount').then(myaccount => myaccount.create())

Offline or cold-storage transaction


// Prepare headers
expireInSeconds = 60 * 60 // 1 hour

arisen = Arisen(/* {httpEndpoint: 'https://..'} */)

info = await arisen.getInfo({})
chainDate = new Date(info.head_block_time + 'Z')
expiration = new Date(chainDate.getTime() + expireInSeconds * 1000)
expiration = expiration.toISOString().split('.')[0]

block = await arisen.getBlock(info.last_irreversible_block_num)

transactionHeaders = {
  ref_block_num: info.last_irreversible_block_num & 0xFFFF,
  ref_block_prefix: block.ref_block_prefix

// OFFLINE (bring `transactionHeaders`)

// All keys in keyProvider will sign.
arisen = Arisen({httpEndpoint: null, chainId, keyProvider, transactionHeaders})

transfer = await arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.0000 RIX', '')
transferTransaction = transfer.transaction

// ONLINE (bring `transferTransaction`)

arisen = Arisen(/* {httpEndpoint: 'https://..'} */)

processedTransaction = await arisen.pushTransaction(transferTransaction)

Custom Private Currency

// more on the contract / transaction syntax

await arisen.transaction('myaccount', myaccount => {

  // Create the initial token with its max supply
  // const options = {authorization: 'myaccount'} // default
  myaccount.create('myaccount', '10000000.000 TOK')//, options)

  // Issue some of the max supply for circulation into an arbitrary account
  myaccount.issue('myaccount', '10000.000 TOK', 'issue')

const balance = await arisen.getCurrencyBalance('myaccount', 'myaccount', 'TOK')
console.log('Currency Balance', balance)

Calling Actions

Other ways to use contracts and transactions.

// if either transfer fails, both will fail (1 transaction, 2 messages)
await arisen.transaction(arisen =>
    arisen.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.0000 RIX', ''/*memo*/)
    arisen.transfer('inita', 'initc', '1.0000 RIX', ''/*memo*/)
    // Returning a promise is optional (but handled as expected)
  // [options],
  // [callback]

// transaction on a single contract
await arisen.transaction('myaccount', myaccount => {
  myaccount.transfer('myaccount', 'inita', '10.000 TOK@myaccount', '')

// mix contracts in the same transaction
await arisen.transaction(['myaccount', 'arisen.token'], ({myaccount, arisen_token}) => {
  myaccount.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.000 TOK@myaccount', '')
  arisen_token.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.0000 RIX', '')

// The contract method does not take an array so must be called once for
// each contract that is needed.
const myaccount = await arisen.contract('myaccount')
await myaccount.transfer('myaccount', 'inita', '1.000 TOK', '')

// a transaction to a contract instance can specify multiple actions
await myaccount.transaction(myaccountTr => {
  myaccountTr.transfer('inita', 'initb', '1.000 TOK', '')
  myaccountTr.transfer('initb', 'inita', '1.000 TOK', '')


From time-to-time the arisenjs and nodrsn binary format will change between releases so you may need to start nodrsn with the --skip-transaction-signatures parameter to get your transactions to pass.

Note, package.json has a "main" pointing to ./lib. The ./lib folder is for es2015 code built in a separate step. If you're changing and testing code, import from ./src instead.

Arisen = require('./src')

// forceActionDataHex = false helps transaction readability but may trigger back-end bugs
config = {verbose: true, debug: false, broadcast: true, forceActionDataHex: true, keyProvider}

arisen = Arisen(config)


The arisen instance can provide serialization:

// 'asset' is a type but could be any struct or type like: transaction or uint8
type = {type: 1, data: '00ff'}
buffer = arisen.fc.toBuffer('extensions_type', type)
assert.deepEqual(type, arisen.fc.fromBuffer('extensions_type', buffer))

// ABI Serialization
arisen.contract('arisen.token', (error, arisen_token) => {
  create = {issuer: 'inita', maximum_supply: '1.0000 RIX'}
  buffer = arisen_token.fc.toBuffer('create', create)
  assert.deepEqual(create, arisen_token.fc.fromBuffer('create', buffer))

Use Node v10+ for package-lock.json.

Related Libraries

These libraries are integrated into arisenjs seamlessly so you probably do not need to use them directly. They are exported here giving more API access or in some cases may be used standalone.

var {format, api, ecc, json, Fcbuffer} = Arisen.modules
  • format ./

    • Blockchain name validation
    • Asset string formatting
  • arisenjs-api [Github, NPM]

    • Remote API to an Arisen blockchain node (nodrsn)
    • Use this library directly if you need read-only access to the ARISEN network (don't need to sign transactions).
  • arisenjs-ecc [Github, NPM]

    • ARISEN account's Private Key, Public Key, Signature, AES, Encryption / Decryption
    • Validate public or ARISEN account's Private Keys
    • Encrypt or decrypt with Arisen compatible checksums
    • Calculate a shared secret
  • json {api, schema},

    • Blockchain definitions (api method names, blockchain schema)
  • arisenjs-keygen [Github, NPM]

    • ARISEN account's Private Key storage and key management
  • Fcbuffer [Github, NPM]

    • Binary serialization used by the ARISEN network
    • Clients sign the binary form of the bank transaction
    • Allows client to know what it is signing


git clone
cd arisenjs
npm install
npm run build_browser
# builds: ./dist/arisen.js load with ./dist/index.html

npm run build_browser_test
# builds: ./dist/test.js run with ./dist/test.html
<script src="arisen.js"></script>
var arisen = Arisen()


Node and browser (es2015)