@arkane-network/web3-provider-engine

16.0.1-e • Public • Published

Web3 ProviderEngine

Web3 ProviderEngine is a tool for composing your own web3 providers.

Originally created for MetaMask, but has been superceded by json-rpc-engine in combination with our eth-json-rpc-middleware. This module is not very actively maintained, so we recommend using that one instead.

Composable

Built to be modular - works via a stack of 'sub-providers' which are like normal web3 providers but only handle a subset of rpc methods.

The subproviders can emit new rpc requests in order to handle their own; e.g. eth_call may trigger eth_getAccountBalance, eth_getCode, and others. The provider engine also handles caching of rpc request results.

const ProviderEngine = require('web3-provider-engine')
const CacheSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/cache.js')
const FixtureSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/fixture.js')
const FilterSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/filters.js')
const VmSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/vm.js')
const HookedWalletSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/hooked-wallet.js')
const NonceSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/nonce-tracker.js')
const RpcSubprovider = require('web3-provider-engine/subproviders/rpc.js')

var engine = new ProviderEngine()
var web3 = new Web3(engine)

// static results
engine.addProvider(new FixtureSubprovider({
  web3_clientVersion: 'ProviderEngine/v0.0.0/javascript',
  net_listening: true,
  eth_hashrate: '0x00',
  eth_mining: false,
  eth_syncing: true,
}))

// cache layer
engine.addProvider(new CacheSubprovider())

// filters
engine.addProvider(new FilterSubprovider())

// pending nonce
engine.addProvider(new NonceSubprovider())

// vm
engine.addProvider(new VmSubprovider())

// id mgmt
engine.addProvider(new HookedWalletSubprovider({
  getAccounts: function(cb){ ... },
  approveTransaction: function(cb){ ... },
  signTransaction: function(cb){ ... },
}))

// data source
engine.addProvider(new RpcSubprovider({
  rpcUrl: 'https://testrpc.metamask.io/',
}))

// log new blocks
engine.on('block', function(block){
  console.log('================================')
  console.log('BLOCK CHANGED:', '#'+block.number.toString('hex'), '0x'+block.hash.toString('hex'))
  console.log('================================')
})

// network connectivity error
engine.on('error', function(err){
  // report connectivity errors
  console.error(err.stack)
})

// start polling for blocks
engine.start()

When importing in webpack:

import * as Web3ProviderEngine  from 'web3-provider-engine';
import * as RpcSource  from 'web3-provider-engine/subproviders/rpc';
import * as HookedWalletSubprovider from 'web3-provider-engine/subproviders/hooked-wallet';

Built For Zero-Clients

The Ethereum JSON RPC was not designed to have one node service many clients. However a smaller, lighter subset of the JSON RPC can be used to provide the blockchain data that an Ethereum 'zero-client' node would need to function. We handle as many types of requests locally as possible, and just let data lookups fallback to some data source ( hosted rpc, blockchain api, etc ). Categorically, we don’t want / can’t have the following types of RPC calls go to the network:

  • id mgmt + tx signing (requires private data)
  • filters (requires a stateful data api)
  • vm (expensive, hard to scale)

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