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web3.js - Ethereum JavaScript API

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This is the Ethereum JavaScript API which connects to the Generic JSON RPC spec.

You need to run a local or remote Ethereum node to use this library.

Please read the documentation for more.

Installation

Node

npm install web3

Meteor

Note: works only in the Browser for now. (PR welcome).

meteor add ethereum:web3

In the Browser

Use the prebuild dist/web3.min.js, or build using the web3.js repository:

npm run-script build

Then include dist/web3.js in your html file. This will expose Web3 on the window object.

Usage

// in node.js 
var Web3 = require('web3');
 
var web3 = new Web3('ws://localhost:8546');
console.log(web3);
> {
    eth: ... ,
    shh: ... ,
    utils: ...,
    ...
}

Additionally you can set a provider using web3.setProvider() (e.g. WebsocketProvider)

web3.setProvider('ws://localhost:8546');
// or 
web3.setProvider(new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider('ws://localhost:8546'));

There you go, now you can use it:

web3.eth.getAccounts()
.then(console.log);

Documentation

Documentation can be found at read the docs

Building

Requirements

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs
sudo apt-get install npm

Building (gulp)

Build only the web3.js package

npm run-script build

Or build all sub packages as well

npm run-script build-all

This will put all the browser build files into the dist folder.

Testing (mocha)

npm test

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