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Using the Javascript SDK

There are three different ways of incorporating aepp-sdk-js into your project, depending on the particular scenario: * ES Modules at es/ (recommended) * Node.js bundle at dist/aepp-sdk.js * Browser bundle at dist/aepp-sdk.browser.js

Also, please be aware that using require instead of module loader syntax (import) means that the default export automatically becomes exposed as default, which is reflected below in the code examples. This is due to a recent change in Babel compilation and fully compliant with the standard.


The recommended approach to using aepp-sdk is to import one of the following Ae Factories based on the specific use case:

In order to cater to more specific needs, it is recommended to refer to the hacking documentation.

Testing Networks

When initialising a client, to test, you can choose from 2 URLs:

1. Testnet (

You can use this URL with any releasee on npmjs. It offers the last stable version of Node, used by all of of Aeternity's Dev Tools.

2. Edgenet (

You can use this URL with releases tagged as alpha, beta or next on npmjs. It offers the latest stable version of Node, which all of of Aeternity's Dev Tools are going to use in the near future.

ES Modules (enable Tree-Shaking)

It is generally advised to use ESM (EcmaScript Modules), whenever possible. At this point however, this requires a modern bundler which understands ES2015 import/export syntax, such as webpack 4 (or newer).

In addition, a compiler which translates the subset of ES used by aepp-sdk will have to be used, such as Babel - .babelrc in the project's root directory, shows which transpilation plugins are required, at least.

Common Mistakes/Pitfalls

  1. Dev Dependencies: Make sure to do not forget to double check the devDependencies of the package.json of this SDK, looking for @babel/packages that might be helping you to correctly transpile the SDK code imported into your project, as modules.

  2. ES Modules Transpilation: Include all the babel packages and plugins needed to transpile your code to the .babelrc (or babel.config.js) of your project.

  3. Bundlers Setup: Do not forget to allow your bundler (eg. webpack) to scan the SDK files that needs transpilation. This will allow your bundler to transpile the SDK imported modules correctly.

Webpack Example:
 // ... webpack config
 entry: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.js$/,
        // standard setting for most bundlers web-app setup
        // entirely excludes the node_modules folder
        exclude: [/node_modules/],
        // ...but when using external ES Modules you need to
        // include required externals ES modules (eg. our Aepp-SDK) like so:
        include: [/node_modules\/@aeternity/, /node_modules\/rlp/],
        loader: 'babel-loader'
      // ... more rules here (SASS, CSS, etc.)

Using this method also enables the use of Tree shaking (dead code elimination). aepp-sdk's package.json specifies a seperate entry point for any such tool that understands ESM. In order to make sure the modules are loaded directly, use the following syntax to load parts of aepp-sdk:

import Aepp from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/ae/aepp'

Aepp().then(client => {
  client.height().then(height => {
    console.log('Current Block', height)

Browser bundle

The browser bundle is relevant in two seperate cases: Either the SDK is to be loaded traditionally through a <script> tag, or the bundler / compiliation is not sufficient to use and compile the SDK's ES Modules.

Browser <script> tag

The bundle will assign the SDK to a global var called Ae.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <script src="aepp-sdk.browser.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript">
    Ae.Aepp.default().then(ae => {
      ae.height().then(height => {
        console.log('Current Block', height)


The bundle is wrapped in UMD format, which is understood by webpack and automatically used if no /src suffix is given.

import Aepp from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/ae/aepp'

Aepp().then(ae => {
  ae.height().then(height => {
    console.log('Current Block', height)

Node.js bundle

The Node.js bundle is primarily interesting for scripts which use non-transpiled code, such as the ones provided in the bin/ directory of the project.

const {Universal: Ae} = require('@aeternity/aepp-sdk')

Ae({ url: '', internalUrl: '' }).then(ae => {
  ae.height().then(height => {
    console.log('Current Block', height)

// same with async
const main = async () => {
  const client = await Ae({url: '', internalUrl: ''})
  const height = await client.height()
  console.log('Current Block', height)



Adding aepp-sdk to a Vue.js project requires nothing special, but it should be noted that Ae.create is asynchronous which needs to be taken into account.

vue init webpack my-project
cd my-project
yarn add @aeternity/aepp-sdk
# src/components/HelloWorld.vue

// import Aepp
import Aepp from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/ae/aepp'
// Init Ae Client
const ae = Aepp()

export default {
  name: 'HelloWorld',
  data () {
    return {
      msg: 'Welcome to Your Vue.js App'
  async mounted () {
    // Wait Ae client
    const client = await ae
    // Start Using Ae client
    const height = await client.height()
    this.msg = 'Current Block: ' + height

Basic structure of an æpp


"There are two approaches, purist and high-level." Alexander Kahl.

The purist uses the functions generated out of the Swagger file. After createing the client and awaiting it (or use .then), it exposes a mapping of all operationIds as functions, converted to camelCase (from PascalCase). So e.g. in order to get a transaction based on its hash, you would invoke client.api.getTx(query).

In this way the SDK is simply a mapping of the raw API calls into Javascript. It's excellent for low-level control, and as a teaching tool to understand the node's operations. Most real-world requirements involves a series of chain operations, so the SDK provides abstractions for these. The Javscript Promises framework makes this somewhat easy:

Example spend function, using aeternity's SDK abstraction

  // Import necessary Modules by simply importing the Wallet module
  import Wallet from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/ae/wallet' // import from SDK es-modules

    url: 'HOST_URL_HERE',
    internalUrl: 'HOST_URL_HERE',
    accounts: [MemoryAccount({keypair: {secretKey: 'PRIV_KEY_HERE', publicKey: 'PUB_KEY_HERE'}, networkId: 'NETWORK_ID_HERE'})],
    address: 'PUB_KEY_HERE',
    onTx: confirm, // guard returning boolean
    onChain: confirm, // guard returning boolean
    onAccount: confirm, // guard returning boolean
    onContract: confirm, // guard returning boolean
    networkId: 'aet_ua' // or any other networkId your client should connect to
  }).then(ae => ae.spend(parseInt(amount), receiver_pub_key))

Low-level SDK usage (use API endpoints directly)

Example spend function, using the SDK, talking directly to the API:

  // Import necessary Modules
  import Tx from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/tx/tx.js'
  import Chain from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/chain/node.js'
  import Account from '@aeternity/aepp-sdk/es/account/memory.js'

  async function spend (amount, receiver_pub_key) {

    const tx = await Tx({url: 'HOST_URL_HERE', internalUrl: 'HOST_URL_HERE'})
    const chain = await Chain({url: 'HOST_URL_HERE', internalUrl: 'HOST_URL_HERE'})
    const account = Account({keypair: {secretKey: 'PRIV_KEY_HERE', publicKey: 'PUB_KEY_HERE'}, networkId: 'NETWORK_ID_HERE'})
    const spendTx = await tx.spendTx({sender: 'PUB_KEY_HERE', receiver_pub_key, amount})

    const signed = await account.signTransaction(spendTx)
    return chain.sendTransaction(signed, opt)