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    Quorum.js: JavaScript integration library for Quorum

    Quorum.js is an extension to web3.js providing support for JP Morgan's Quorum API.

    Web3.js is the Ethereum compatible JavaScript API which implements the Generic JSON RPC spec.

    For further information on web3.js, please refer to the main project page and the documentation at Read the Docs.


    • Support for Quorum's private transactions through private transaction manager
    • Ability to send signed private transactions
    • Works out the box with web3.js' smart contract wrappers
    • Provides web3 extension for all Quorum specific APIs

    Installation via NPM

    Quorum-js is available via npm package manager. To install it locally use the following command: npm install quorum-js

    Run Quorum

    See instructions as per the Quorum project page

    Start sending requests

    Starting Web3 on HTTP

    To send asynchronous requests we need to instantiate web3 with a HTTP address that points to the Quorum node.

          const Web3 = require("web3");
          const web3 = new Web3(
            new Web3.providers.HttpProvider("http://localhost:22001")
          const account = web3.eth.accounts[0];


    The library supports connection to Quorum private transaction manager and execution of a raw transaction. Example pseudo code:

    const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(address));
    const quorumjs = require("quorum-js");
    const enclaveOptions = {
      /* at least one enclave option must be provided */
      /* ipcPath is preferred for utilizing older API */
      ipcPath: "/quorum-examples/examples/7nodes/qdata/c1/tm.ipc",
      publicUrl: "http://localhost:8080",
      privateUrl: "http://localhost:8090"
    const rawTransactionManager = quorumjs.RawTransactionManager(web3, enclaveOptions);
    const txnParams = {
      gasPrice: 0,
      gasLimit: 4300000,
      to: "",
      value: 0,
      data: deploy,
      from: decryptedAccount,
      isPrivate: true,
      privateFrom: TM1_PUBLIC_KEY,
      privateFor: [TM2_PUBLIC_KEY],
    // Older API: txn manager and Quorum version agnostic
    // requires the IPC path to be set in enclaveOptions
    // Newer API: Quorum v2.2.1+ and Tessera
    // requires the private URL to be set in enclaveOptions

    It sends a private transaction to the network [ this transaction can be either a contract deployment or a contract call ].

    1. Object - The transaction object to send:
      • gasPrice: Number - The price of gas for this transaction, defaults to the mean network gas price [ because we work in a private network the gasPrice is 0 ].
      • gasLimit: Number - The amount of gas to use for the transaction.
      • to: String - (optional) The destination address of the message, left undefined for a contract-creation transaction [in case of a contract creation the to field must be null].
      • value: Number - (optional) The value transferred for the transaction, also the endowment if it's a contract-creation transaction.
      • data: String - (optional) Either a byte string containing the associated data of the message, or in the case of a contract-creation transaction, the initialisation code (bytecode).
      • decryptedAccount : String - the public key of the sender's account;
      • nonce: Number - (optional) Integer of a nonce. This allows to overwrite your own pending transactions that use the same nonce.
      • privateFrom: String - When sending a private transaction, the sending party's base64-encoded public key to use. If not present and passing privateFor, use the default key as configured in the TransactionManager.
      • privateFor: List<String> - When sending a private transaction, an array of the recipients' base64-encoded public keys.
    2. Function - (optional) If you pass a callback the HTTP request is made asynchronous.

    String - The 32 Bytes transaction hash as HEX string.

    Send raw transactions using external signer. [Only available in Tessera with Quorum v2.2.0+]

    If you want to use a different transaction signing mechanism, here are the steps to invoke the relevant APIs separately.

    Firstly, a storeRawRequest function would need to be called by the enclave:

    const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(address));
    const quorumjs = require("quorum-js");
    const txnManager = quorumjs.RawTransactionManager(web3, {
      publicUrl: "http://localhost:8080",
      privateUrl: "http://localhost:8090"
    txnManager.storeRawRequest(data, from)
    • data: String - Either a byte string containing the associated data of the message, or in the case of a contract-creation transaction, the initialisation code (bytecode).
    • from: String (Optional) - Sender public key

    A raw transaction will then need to be formed and signed, please note the data field will need to be replaced with the transaction hash which was returned from the privacy manager (the key field of the response data from storeRawRequest api call).

    Secondly, the raw transaction can then be sent to Quorum by sendRawRequest function:

    var privateFor = ["ROAZBWtSacxXQrOe3FGAqJDyJjFePR5ce4TSIzmJ0Bc="]
    txnManager.sendRawRequest(serializedTransaction, privateFor)
    • serializedTransaction: String - Signed transaction data in HEX format.
    • privateFor: List<String> - When sending a private transaction, an array of the recipients' base64-encoded public keys.

    Extending web3 instance with Quorum APIs

    Quorum.js offers a way to add Quorum specific APIs to an intance of web3. Current APIs that may be extended are Raft, Istanbul, and Privacy APIs. Extending your web3 instance is as simple as calling quorumjs.extend with the list of APIs you need. Please note that web3 will receive a quorum specific namespace after extension web3.quorum

    const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(address));
    const quorumjs = require("quorum-js");
    • web3: Object - web3 instance
    • apis: String (Optional) - List of comma separated Quorum APIs to extend web3 instance with. APIs available are raft, istanbul, and eth - default is to add all APIs. Example: quorumjs.extend(web3, 'raft,eth')

    Examples for using Quorum.js with quorum-examples/7nodes

    Please see using Constellation and Quorum implementation private txn example and Tessera implementation example. An extension sample is also provided.

    Getting Help

    Stuck at some step? Have no fear, the help is here: Quorum Slack


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