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OrderWatcher [Deprecated]

WARNING: This project is deprecated. Please use 0x Mesh for all your orderbook pruning needs. It can be used with or without order sharing enabled. If you have any questions about how to use Mesh, reach out to us in the #mesh channel on Discord

An order watcher daemon that watches for order validity.

Read the wiki article.

OrderWatcher also comes with a WebSocket server to provide language-agnostic access to order watching functionality. We used the WebSocket Client and Server Implementation for Node. The server sends and receives messages that conform to the JSON RPC specifications.



npm install @0x/order-watcher --save


import { OrderWatcher } from '@0x/order-watcher';

If your project is in TypeScript, add the following to your tsconfig.json:

"compilerOptions": {
    "typeRoots": ["node_modules/@0x/typescript-typings/types", "node_modules/@types"],

Using the WebSocket Server


Environmental Variables Several environmental variables can be set to configure the server:

  • ORDER_WATCHER_HTTP_PORT specifies the port that the http server will listen on and accept connections from. When this is not set, we default to 8080.

Requests The server accepts three types of requests: ADD_ORDER, REMOVE_ORDER and GET_STATS. These mirror what the underlying OrderWatcher does. You can read more in the wiki. Unlike the OrderWatcher, it does not expose any subscribe or unsubscribe functionality because the WebSocket server keeps a single subscription open for all clients.

The first step for making a request is establishing a connection with the server. In Javascript:

var W3CWebSocket = require('websocket').w3cwebsocket;
wsClient = new W3CWebSocket('ws://');

In Python, you could use the websocket-client library and run:

from websocket import create_connection
wsClient = create_connection("ws://")

With the connection established, you prepare the payload for your request. The payload is a json object with a format established by the JSON RPC specification:

  • id: All requests require you to specify a numerical id. When the server responds to the request, the response will have the same id as the one supplied with your request.
  • jsonrpc: This is always the string '2.0'.
  • method: This specifies the OrderWatcher method you want to call. I.e., 'ADD_ORDER', 'REMOVE_ORDER' or 'GET_STATS'.
  • params: These contain the parameters needed by OrderWatcher to execute the method you called. For ADD_ORDER, provide { signedOrder: <your signedOrder> }. For REMOVE_ORDER, provide { orderHash: <your orderHash> }. For GET_STATS, no parameters are needed, so you may leave this empty.

Next, convert the payload to a string and send it through the connection. In Javascript:

const addOrderPayload = {
    id: 1,
    jsonrpc: '2.0',
    method: 'ADD_ORDER',
    params: { signedOrder: <your signedOrder> },

In Python:

import json
remove_order_payload = {
    'id': 1,
    'jsonrpc': '2.0',
    'method': 'REMOVE_ORDER',
    'params': {'orderHash': '0x6edc16bf37fde79f5012088c33784c730e2f103d9ab1caf73060c386ad107b7e'},

Response The server responds to all requests in a similar format. In the data field, you'll find another object containing the following fields:

  • id: The id corresponding to the request that the server is responding to. UPDATE responses are not based on any requests so the id field is omitted`.
  • jsonrpc: Always '2.0'.
  • method: The method the server is responding to. Eg. ADD_ORDER. When order states change the server may also initiate a response. In this case, method will be listed as UPDATE.
  • result: This field varies based on the method. UPDATE responses contain the new order state. GET_STATS responses contain the current order count. When there are errors, this field is omitted.
  • error: When there is an error executing a request, the JSON RPC error object is listed here. When the server responds successfully, this field is omitted.

In Javascript, the responses can be parsed using the onmessage callback:

wsClient.onmessage = (msg) => {
    const responseData = JSON.parse(msg.data);
    const method = responseData.method

In Python, recv is a lightweight way to receive a response:

result = wsClient.recv()
method = result.method


We strongly recommend that the community help us make improvements and determine the future direction of the protocol. To report bugs within this package, please create an issue in this repository.

Please read our contribution guidelines before getting started.

Install dependencies

If you don't have yarn workspaces enabled (Yarn < v1.0) - enable them:

yarn config set workspaces-experimental true

Then install dependencies

yarn install


To build this package and all other monorepo packages that it depends on, run the following from the monorepo root directory:

PKG=@0x/order-watcher yarn build

Or continuously rebuild on change:

PKG=@0x/order-watcher yarn watch


yarn clean


yarn lint

Run Tests

yarn test

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