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    Open Charging Network Registry

    Decentralized Registry smart contracts for Node operators, OCPI party and Service providers. For Ethereum-based networks.

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    There are a few concepts which first need to be explained. The Registry smart contracts works on Ethereum-based blockchains. That might be ganache if running a local development blockchain, or the pre-production or production chain of the Energy Web Foundation's blockchain. These chains use Etheruem's public-private key cryptography. In the OCN they are used to identify Node operators and OCPI parties on the Open Charging Network and can be generated in a variety of ways, for example by Metamask.

    Signers and Spenders

    The OCN Registry allows for two ways of adding and maintaining listings. It can be done directly, whereby a single keypair signs the registry data and sends a transaction to the blockchain network, paying for the transaction fee in the process. This is arguably simpler but requires each keypair to be funded. Alternatively, "raw" transactions can be used, whereby the registry data is signed by the data owner's keypair and sent to the blockchain network using a different, funded keypair.

    Therefore, in "direct" transactions, the signer and spender are one, named just the "signer". In contrast, in raw transactions, the "signer" is the data owner, and the "spender" is the one paying for the transaction.

    Node Operators and OCPI Parties

    The principle behind the registry is that the nodes, comprising the Open Charging Network, need a way of discovering counterparties they are not directly connected to. This works in two stages: OCN Node operators (i.e. administrators) can list their node in the registry, which allows OCPI parties (i.e. Charge Point Operators or E-Mobility Service Providers) to link their services to a registered node.

    Note that the registry listing must be done by the OCPI party before an OCN Node accepts their credentials registration, so that the OCN Node can ensure the party has correctly linked themselves to that node in the registry.

    Service Providers and Users

    An OCN Service is an OCPI party that requires additional permissions from their customers. We make this distinction from other "Services" that might only require customers to send OCPI messages (including custom OCPI modules) directly. Such permissions could include the forwarding of session or charge detail record data, for example in a payment service. Once a customer/user has agreed to the Service's permissions, the OCN Node tied to the customer will automate any such required permissions, lessening the cost of integration with a service.

    OCN Services are first and foremost OCPI parties - they must be listed in the Registry smart contract. To be granted the aforementioned permissions, such a party must then list their service and the permissions required in a separate smart contract, entitled "Permissions". Thereafter, a user can make their agreement explicit in the same smart contract.

    Example OCPI Party connection steps:

    1. Operator signs a transaction stating they run the OCN Node on domain https://node.ocn.org. The address of their wallet (0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4), used to sign the transaction, now points to the domain name.

    2. OCPI party signs a transaction stating they use the OCN Node of 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4. The address of their wallet, (0x0B2E57DDB616175950e65dE47Ef3F5BA3bc29979) now points to the wallet address of their OCN Node operator.

    3. OCPI party does the credentials registration handshake with the OCN Node at https://node.ocn.org.

    4. Party is now able to send and receive OCPI requests from other OCPI parties on the network. Likewise, they gain access to the setting of Service permissions.


    There are several ways to interact with the OCN Registry, including:

    Command Line Interface

    Getting started

    Install the registry npm package:

    npm install -g @shareandcharge/ocn-registry

    Alternatively, it is possible to clone this repository:

    git clone https://bitbucket.org/shareandcharge/ocn-registry.git
    cd ocn-registry
    npm install

    Basic Usage

    To make sure your installation is correctly working, verify with the following command, which will print the version number:

    $ ocn-registry --version

    If the repository has been cloned instead, the CLI can be accessed via npx:

    $ npx ts-node src/cli --version

    For the remainder of the documentation, it will be assumed that the CLI npm package has been installed globally.

    Getting Help

    The CLI and all of its sub-commands have help text relating to usage. The top-level help flag prints all possible sub-commands which can be used:

    $ ocn-registry --help
      cli get-node <address>               Get OCN Node operator entry by their
                                           wallet address
      cli list-nodes                       Get all OCN Nodes listed in registry

    Meanwhile, using the help flag on a particular sub-command will show more detailed information:

    $ ocn-registry get-party --help
      --network, --net, -n  Specifies the target network.
                              [choices: "local", "volta", "prod"] [default: "local"]
      --address, -a         Wallet address of the party                     [string]
      --credentials, -c     OCPI country_code (ISO-3166 alpha-2) and party_id
                            (ISO-15118)                                      [array]

    Setting the signer

    The private keys of the signer (and optionally spender) are needed for each transaction (modifying state of the contract). Think of this like setting your credentials for a cloud infrastructure provider's CLI (where an environment variable like AWS_ACCESS_KEY dictates to the AWS CLI which user/role is accessing assets). Note that contract calls (i.e. reading data) do not require this as data is public.

    Setting this can be done in two ways: environment variables or command line flags.

    The first method allows all subsequent commands to use the same value for signer/spender. This also means that it is not necessary to state the signer with a command line flag.

    Use export on Linux/MacOS to set your shell variables:

    export SIGNER=0xbe367b774603c65850ee2cf479df809174f95cdb847483db2a6bcf1aad0fa5fd

    If using a raw command, the spender is also required:

    export SENDER=0x2f0810c5fc949c846ff64edb26b0b00ca28effaffb9ac867a7b9256c034fe849

    Important: do not use these private keys outside of development! They were generated for this guide only.

    Alternatively, flags allow setting the signer and spender for each command:

      --signer, -s   Data owner's private key. Required for modifying contract
                     state.                                                 [string]
      --spender, -x  Spender's private key. Required for sending raw transactions.

    Choosing the network

    By default, the registry will look for a local ganache instance running on http://localhost:8544. This is the development chain which can be started with npm run ganache. This also provides 20 funded keypairs to play around with (they are generated from a mnemonic, so won't change between restarts).

    Each command can be run against additional networks on which the OCN Registry has been deployed using the -n flag. This includes Volta, for the OCN public test environment, as well as the Energy Web Chain for production.

    Additionally, overrides can be provided to change default network variables. A JSON network file can be specified to tell the CLI of custom variables we want to use over defaults. A common situation where we might need this is in a local development setup using docker-compose, where we need to modify the host to point to a container's IP in our docker network.

    A network file should implement the Network interface in src/types/network.ts, though it is not necessary to provide every field. For example, in the aforementioned docker-compose setup, we could override only the provider host in our JSON file:

        "provider": {
            "host": ""

    We would then use the CLI by specifying our JSON file with the --network-file flag, which can be absolute or relative to the current working directory:

    ocn-registry list-nodes --network-file ./overrides.json

    In this case, we are using the rest of the fields from the default local environment. We could do the same with the test (volta) network:

    ocn-registry list-nodes --network volta --network-file /path/to/overrides-volta.json

    For a list of defaults for each network, see src/networks.ts.

    Get an operator's node

    To check the domain of a single node operator on a particular network, use:

    ocn-registry get-node 0xEada1b2521115e07578DBD9595B52359E9900104

    Where 0xEada1b2521115e07578DBD9595B52359E9900104 is the operator's keypair address.

    To choose the network to use (as outlined above), set the -n (--network) flag:

    ocn-registry get-node 0xEada1b2521115e07578DBD9595B52359E9900104 --network=volta
    ocn-registry get-node 0xEada1b2521115e07578DBD9595B52359E9900104 -n prod

    Get all nodes

    To return a list of all nodes and operators, use:

    ocn-registry list-nodes

    Listing a node

    OCN Node operators can make their node visible on the network by adding it to the OCN Registry. Creating and updating a listing can be done using the same command.

    Note: If changing the domain of an existing operator, call delete-node before set-node (see issue #8)

    ocn-registry set-node https://node.provider.net

    Alternatively, using a raw transaction:

    ocn-registry set-node-raw https://node.provider.net

    Remember to set the signer AND spender for the raw transaction. If not using environment variables, set with the following flags:

    ocn-registry set-node-raw https://node.provider.net \
            --signer=0xbe367b774603c65850ee2cf479df809174f95cdb847483db2a6bcf1aad0fa5fd \

    De-listing a node

    If an operator decides not to provide a node any longer, they can remove it from the registry:

    ocn-registry delete-node

    Or as a raw transaction:

    ocn-registry delete-node-raw

    Get party information

    Check the registered information of a given party using their address or OCPI credentials (country_code and party_id):

    ocn-registry get-party --address 0x0B2E57DDB616175950e65dE47Ef3F5BA3bc29979
    ocn-registry get-party --credentials CH CPO

    Get all parties

    List all registered parties on the network:

    ocn-registry list-parties

    Listing a party

    To list a party, the following information is required:

    • country_code and party_id
    • role
    • OCN Node operator wallet address

    The following commands can be used to both create and update the party information.

    Scenario 1: party_id with single role

    Using a direct transaction:

    ocn-registry set-party --credentials CH CPO \
        --roles CPO \
        --operator 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    Using a raw transaction:

    ocn-registry set-party-raw --credentials CH CPO
        --roles CPO \
        --operator 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    Scenario 2: party_id with multiple roles

    ocn-registry set-party --credentials CH ABC \
        -roles CPO EMSP \
        --operator 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    Scenario 3: platform with multiple roles under different party_ids

    In this case, the platform must use different wallets for each party_id:

    ocn-registry set-party --credentials CH CPO \
        --roles CPO \
        --operator 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4 \
        --signer 0xd37f60f3a7c78a72d24e50b9105879c89d249e299699ba762d890276dea73fea
    ocn-registry set-party --credentials CH MSP \
        --roles EMSP \
        --operator 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4 \
        --signer 0x0bdea97cf8736a66f85283d7b0241b5cba51edd809a67af5e8971f441aa8e22b

    Listing OCPI modules implemented by the party

    In this opt-in feature, an OCPI party can list their module implementations, so that other parties on the network can learn which requests are supported. As the usual OCPI version endpoints cannot be used by counterparties, this provides a way for them to discover supported OCPI 2.2 modules.

    Implementations are split into sender and receiver interfaces. For example, an EMSP may implement the command module's sender interface, and a CPO the receiver interface. Alternatively, a single party_id with both CPO and EMSP roles may implement both.

    Note that as the purpose of this is to provide modules used typically used in peer-to-peer communication, not every module is available. The following modules can be listed: cdrs, chargingprofiles, commands, locations, sessions, tariffs, tokens.

    Scenario 1: CPO or EMSP providing their implementations

    Following typical OCPI implementations, a CPO could register their modules like so:

    ocn-registry set-modules \
        --sender-interface cdrs locations session tariffs \
        --receiver-interface chargingprofiles commands tokens

    Whereas an EMSP may register the following modules:

    ocn-registry set-modules \
        --sender-interface commands tokens \
        --receiver-interface locations sessions tariffs

    Scenario 2: CPO and EMSP providing combined implementations

    In the case that a party_id implements multiple OCPI roles, both sets of interfaces can be listed. When sending a request to either interface, the OCN Node of the recipient will know which interface it should be forwarded to.

    ocn-registry set-modules \
        --sender-interface commands cdrs locations \
        --receiver-interface commands cdrs locations

    Updating modules is done by the same command and can also be used to remove all listed modules (by providing none):

    ocn-registry set-modules

    Raw transactions can also be used:

    ocn-registry set-modules-raw

    De-listing a party

    Use the following command to remove a party listing from the registry:

    ocn-registry delete-party

    And with raw transaction:

    ocn-registry delete-party-raw

    Get all services' details

    ocn-registry list-services

    Get a specific service's details

    Use the positional argument for the provider of the Service (the Ethereum address of the owner):

    ocn-registry get-service 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    List a service

    Ensure that before adding a service to the Registry, the owner of the Service is listed as an OCPI party.

    To add a Service, use the set-service command. Note that the name and URL are optional - their aim is to provide more information for potential customers.

    Warning: you may encounter errors with names containing spaces. You can run this command as many times as necessary - it will always overwrite your current entry.

    ocn-registry set-service --name 'Smart Payment Service' \
        --url https://smart.payment.service \
        --permissions FORWARD_SENDER

    The --permissions flag takes an array of permissions. For example, the following would require all requests sent to the receiver interfaces of the sessions and cdrs module to be forwarded to the service:


    See the full list of permissions for more. These are the permissions which the OCN Node has currently implmented, but this list can be expanded in the future.

    Note that this list is also available from the command line:

    ocn-registry set-service --help

    Delete a service

    use the following command to remove a service from the Registry

    ocn-registry delete-service

    Get service agreements for a user

    To list all agreements for a particular user, using their address or OCPI credentials (country_code and party_id):

    ocn-registry get-agreements --address 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4


    ocn-registry get-agreements --credentials DE MSP

    Agree to service permissions

    As a service user, agree to a service's permissions using the set-agreement command. The positional provider argument is the Service owner's Ethereum address (their identity on the OCN).

    ocn-registry set-agreement 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    Revoke service permissions

    Service user can revoke a service's permissions using the revoke-agreement command. The positional provider argument is the Service owner's Ethereum address (their identity on the OCN).

    ocn-registry revoke-agreement 0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4

    TypeScript Library

    npm install @shareandcharge/registry

    In your project source file, import the registry:


    import { Registry, Permissions } from "@shareandcharge/registry"


    const Registry = require("@shareandcharge/registry").Registry
    const Permissions = require("@shareandcharge/registry").Permissions

    Then, instantiate each class with the required environment ("local" or "volta"). Optionally set the signer to gain access to write methods on the contract:

    const registryReadOnly = new Registry("local")
    // "r"
    const permissionsReadWrite = new Permissions("local", "0xbe367b774603c65850ee2cf479df809174f95cdb847483db2a6bcf1aad0fa5fd")
    // "r+w"

    And use the contract:

    permissionsReadWrite.setService("My Awesome Service", "https://my.awesome.service", [1, 2]).then(console.log)

    Java Library

    Auto-generated Java libraries are provided in ./java.

    Copy to a project's sourcepath, then connect using Web3j:

    import snc.openchargingnetwork.contracts.Registry
    import snc.openchargingnetwork.contracts.Permissions
    import org.web3j.protocol.Web3j
    import org.web3j.protocol.http.HttpService
    import org.web3j.tx.ClientTransactionManager
    import org.web3j.tx.gas.StaticGasProvider
    val web3 = Web3j.build(HttpService("http://localhost:8544"))
    val txManager = ClientTransactionManager(web3, "0x9bC1169Ca09555bf2721A5C9eC6D69c8073bfeB4")
    val gasProvider = StaticGasProvider(0.toBigInteger(), 10000000.toBigInteger())
    val registry = Registry.load(contractAddress, web3, txManager, gasProvider)
    val permissions = Permissions.load(contractAddress, web3, txManager, gasProvider)

    And use it:

    val tx = registry.setNode("https://node.provider.net").sendAsync().get()
    val tx2 = permissions.setService("Awesome Service", "https://awesome.service", listOf(1, 2)).sendAsync().get()


    Clone and install dependencies:

    git clone https://bitbucket.org/shareandcharge/ocn-registry.git
    cd ocn-registry
    npm install

    Run Ganache for your local development blockchain:

    npm run ganache

    Ensure tests are working as expected:

    npm test

    Migrating contracts

    Initial deployment of the smart contracts (STAGE defaults to "local" - see truffle.js for more options):

    npm migrate --network={{STAGE}}

    Publish new contract definitions:

    node bin/publish.js {{STAGE}}

    The contract definitions are now available to be used in ./contract.defs.{{STAGE}}.json.

    Updating contract wrappers

    The Java wrapper can be updated using web3j:

    npm run compile
    web3j truffle generate ./build/contracts/Registry.json -o ./java -p snc.openchargingnetwork.contracts
    web3j truffle generate ./build/contracts/Permissions.json -o ./java -p snc.openchargingnetwork.contracts

    Publishing new versions

    Build the TypeScript library:

    npm run build

    Bump the version number (see https://docs.npmjs.com/cli/version for more):

    npm version patch


    npm publish

    Optionally, tag as "stable":

    npm dist-tag add @shareandcharge/ocn-registry@<version> stable


    You may also use Docker to aid development of other services using the registry. Simply run docker-compose up to start ganache and have the contracts deployed automatically. The registry and permissions contract will always have the same owner and addresses:

    • Registry Address: 0x345cA3e014Aaf5dcA488057592ee47305D9B3e10
    • Permissions Address: 0xf25186b5081ff5ce73482ad761db0eb0d25abfbf
    • Owner: 0x627306090abaB3A6e1400e9345bC60c78a8BEf57

    If you make changes to the contracts, run docker-compose --build. This will ensure that the above is true, giving you the same address.




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