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Autogenerate a nodejs server with a RESTful OpenAPI so you can communicate with your smart contract of choice via web3. Encapsulate your smart contract so you can leverage the power of blockchain with the convenience of HTTP.


abi2api is a simple CLI, it has one command which takes two arguments:

abi2api <path_to_contract_json> <server_output_folder> [options]

The paths should be relative to wherever you are calling the command. Options let you specify config values right from the command line, or provide the path to a config JSON. You can learn more by running abi2api --help after installation.

After running the command, your chosen output path will then contain a file structure like:

  • /api
    • swagger.yaml : YAML version of output OpenAPI spec
  • /controllers
    • contractFxnAScope.js : File connecting /contractFxnA to a dedicated resolver
    • contractFxnAScopeService.js : File which uses our generic ethereum connector to make actual web3 calls to FxnA on our contract
    • ... more files for other contract fxns...
  • /utils
    • writer.js : Swagger util for writing to HTTP requests
  • index.js : Boilerplate code for running a connect server with all Swagger features set up.
  • package.json : Boilerplate values from Swagger
  • README.md : Boilerplate text from Swagger

abi2api converts ABIs on a function-by-function bases using abi2oas. You can learn more there about the details of how each function is converted.


Install the package globally from npm using your favorite package manager:

npm install -g abi2api

// OR

yarn global add abi2api

You will also need to Java (v7 or higher) installed, as this tool depends on Swagger Codegen v2.2.1.


The config JSON is generally optional, you only have to use it if you want to create custom OpenAPI tags. The config would look something like this:

sample configuration...
  "version": "1.0.0",           // Optional: API Version for Swagger
  "schemes": ["https"],         // Optional: Allowed Access Schemes for Swagger
  "host": "localhost:8080",     // Optional: Host for Swagger
  "basePath": "/",              // Optional: Base Path for Swagger
  "eth": {                      // Optional: Ethereum Configuration
    "provider": "http://localhost:8545", // Optional: Web3 provider
    "default_gas": 0,                    // Optional: Default Gas for transactions
    "default_gasPrice": 40               // Optional: Default Gas Price for transactions
  "tags": [... Optional: custom Swagger tags, see below ...],
  "api": {... Optional: custom Swagger tag config, see below ...}

abi2api will use the above values as defaults for the version, schemes, host, basePath, and eth keys. The tags and api keys let you create additional Swagger tags and connect them to contract methods, you can find more information in the relevant section of abi2oas.

How It Works

abi2api builds a server for your web contract by leveraging the OpenAPI Spec and Swagger Codegen, along with some custom sauce cooked up in-house at Eximchain:

  1. Your smart contract's metadata gets passed through abi2oas, an Eximchain library which generates a JSON according to the OpenAPI spec.
  2. The resulting JSON is passed through swagger-codegen-cli@2.2.1 to generate the nodejs server stub code. These methods do not yet communicate with web3.
  3. Your smart contract's metadata then passes through abi2lib, an Eximchain library which generates boilerplate web3 calls matching the contract spec.
  4. Finally, abi2api does some cleanup work to join the nodejs server stubs from Swagger with the boilerplate web3 calls from abi2lib.


You can find our roadmap on Github.


abi2api is developed & maintained by Eximchain, released for public use under the Apache-2.0 License.

Output from abi2api uses the same license.

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