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The Javascript SDK wraps the æternity API explosed by Node's Swagger file. It aims to abstract the API, while still providing low-level access to it's endpoints, when necessary.

It uses the following Javascript technologies and principles:

  • JavaScript the Good Parts (because Crockford is always right)
  • ES6 modules, using export and import
  • Promises using ES7 async/await syntax, where applicable
  • Functional Programming using Ramda
  • Statelessness wherever possible
  • webpack 4 and the Babel
  • Strictly enforced StandardJS
  • Loose coupling of modules to enable tree-shaking
  • Convention over configuration
  • "Easy things should be easy, and hard things should be possible." source -- Larry Wall
  • Support for
    • module access, enabling tree-shaking
    • direct use in node scripts through bundling
    • direct use in browser <script> tags through bundling
    • bundling through webpack


aepp-sdk is transpiled to EcmaScript 5 through WebPack, using Babel and is expected to work in any sufficiently new version of Node.js (>= v12.17) or modern web browser.


  1. Clone the application
  2. Make sure your editor/IDE can read and use the .editorconfig file
  3. Start hacking (and dont forget to add test for whatever you'll be building).


Apart from documenting features and code, there is also documentation automatically generated using TypeDoc for documenting TS files and a script for documenting examples and code partials.

#generate examples and api documentation
npm run docs:examples && npm run docs:api


aepp-sdk is built using npm. In order to build a development version, launch the build:dev command.

npm install
npm run build:dev


To test, launch the test command. This will run mocha's tests locally.

npm test

This repository also includes a docker-compose file, to allow you to run your own æternity node locally. If you want to do so, from the root of the project:

  1. Create a docker-compose.override.yml file with this content:
    version: "3"
          - 3013:3013
          - 3113:3113
          - 3014:3014
          - 3001:3001
  2. Run docker-compose up node
  3. Congrats! you're now running your own æternity node locally.

The WebPack compilation provides two different build artifacts in dist/, one for Node.js and one for browsers. When referencing aepp-sdk through any modern build tooling, it should pick the right one automatically through the entry points defined in package.json.

Installation / Linking

In order to add a local development version of aepp-sdk to a project, npm link1 can be used.


How to release a new version