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monero-rpc-client

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Monero NodeJS RPC Client

Monero RPC client written with Nodejs. It produces JSON objects or strings as output, wrapped in native promises.

All RPC calls are defined here: https://getmonero.org/resources/developer-guides/daemon-rpc.html

Getting Started

  1. Install the npm package:Create a node_modules directory inside your project, if none:
cd yourproject
npm install -S monero-rpc-client
  1. Require the RPC client into your project:
const rpcClientClass = require('monero-rpc-client');
const NODE_ADDRESS = 'http://[urltonode|iptonode]:port';
//decodeJSON is an optional boolean argument. 
//When set to true (default), the JSON string response is
//parsed into a JSON object. Otherwise the string is returned.
const rpcClient = new rpcClientClass(NODE_ADDRESS [, decodeJSON]);
  1. Use methods attached to rpcClient to send RPC calls:

Example

//Some method dont require arguments:
rpcClient.getBlockCount();
  .then((result) => {
    console.log(result);
    /**
     * print:
     * {  
     *   "id": "0",  
     *   "jsonrpc": "2.0",  
     *   "result": {  
     *     "count": 9933,  
     *     "status": "OK"  
     *   }  
     * }  
     */
  })
  .catch((err) => {
    //Deal with your error here
  });

//Some method require arguments.
rpcClient.getBlockHeaderByHeight({height: 1000});
  .then((result) => {
    console.log
    /**
     * print:
     * {
     *  "id": "0",
     * "jsonrpc": "2.0",
     *  "result": {
     *    "block_header": {
     *      "depth": 78376,
     *      "difficulty": 815625
     *      ...
     *      ...
     *     }
     *   }
     * }
     */

Promise-wrapped responses

All method calls return native Nodejs promises. You need to use the then() / catch() pattern shown above. If the call was succesful, the data will be passed to then(), otherwise the error will be passed to catch().

Method Names

The method calls are the camel-case version of the original RPC methods defined on the Monero website. (See https://getmonero.org/resources/developer-guides/daemon-rpc.html)

Example1: on the Monero website getblockheaderbyhash is called with height For the Nodejs client, the method is getBlockHeaderByHash and the argument to query height 12345 will be this object: {height: 12345}

Example2: on the Monero website there a RPC call get_transaction_pool For the Nodejs client, the method is getTransactionPool

Arguments

The arguments to use for those methods are detailed in the inline documentation of the index.js. There are the same as those mentioned in the Monero documentation: https://getmonero.org/resources/developer-guides/daemon-rpc.html#getblockheaderbyheight

Returned value

If you havent specified any decodeJSON argument when you instantiated rpcClient, by default the returned data will already be parsed into a JSON object for you. Otherwise you will receive the original JSON string returned by the Monero network.

Testing

Testing is done with mocha, chai and chai-as-promised to test promises.

To run the tests:

npm run test

The tests are located in the tests.js file. They perform actual API calls to the monero network through moneroworld. In order to prevent the tests from failing because of a timeout, tests are run with a timeout option of 10s. Tests can still fail if moneroworld servers are too slow.

If you want to just run one set of test (i.e a describe block), for let's say the `getBlockTemplate() function, you can do so with this command:

./node_modules/mocha/bin/mocha --grep [functionNameHere] --timeout 10000

For example, if you want to test getBlockTemplate:

./node_modules/mocha/bin/mocha --grep getBlockTemplate --timeout 10000

You can be even more specific by adding only to the individual tests. Example for getInfo():

describe('getInfo()', () => {
  it.only('should successfully retrieve information about the network', () => {
    return expect(rpc.getInfo())
            .to
            .eventually
            .contain('"status": "OK"')
            .and
            .contain('top_block_hash');
  });
});

Possible future features

  • Caching of some responses
    • First with javascript objects
    • Then with some external db, like Redis or SQLLite
  • Make the library Isomorphic, i.e work in web-browsers as well
  • Make the method calls also support callbacks
  • Setup automated testing with travis. Will need first to build a mock object for Monero to have deterministic tests

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License

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