js-digitalbits-sdk is a Javascript library for communicating with a DigitalBits Frontier server. It is used for building DigitalBits apps either on Node.js or in the browser.

It provides:

  • a networking layer API for Frontier endpoints.
  • facilities for building and signing transactions, for communicating with a DigitalBits Frontier instance, and for submitting transactions or querying network history.

digitalbits-sdk vs digitalbits-base

digitalbits-sdk is a high-level library that serves as client-side API for Frontier. digitalbits-base is lower-level library for creating DigitalBits primitive constructs via XDR helpers and wrappers.

Most people will want digitalbits-sdk instead of digitalbits-base. You should only use digitalbits-base if you know what you're doing!

If you add digitalbits-sdk to a project, do not add digitalbits-base! Mis-matching versions could cause weird, hard-to-find bugs. digitalbits-sdk automatically installs digitalbits-base and exposes all of its exports in case you need them.

Important! The Node.js version of the digitalbits-base (digitalbits-sdk dependency) package uses the sodium-native package as an optional dependency. sodium-native is a low level binding to libsodium, (an implementation of Ed25519 signatures). If installation of sodium-native fails, or it is unavailable, digitalbits-base (and digitalbits-sdk) will fallback to using the tweetnacl package implementation.

If you are using digitalbits-sdk/digitalbits-base in a browser you can ignore this. However, for production backend deployments you should be using sodium-native. If sodium-native is successfully installed and working the DigitalBitsSdk.FastSigning variable will return true.

Quick start

Using npm to include js-digitalbits-sdk in your own project:

npm install --save digitalbits-sdk


To use as a module in a Node.js project

  1. Install it using npm:
npm install --save digitalbits-sdk
  1. require/import it in your JavaScript:
var DigitalBitsSdk = require('digitalbits-sdk');

To self host for use in the browser

  1. Install it using bower:
bower install digitalbits-sdk
  1. Include it in the browser:
<script src="./bower_components/digitalbits-sdk/digitalbits-sdk.js"></script>

To develop and test js-digitalbits-sdk itself

  1. Clone the repo:
git clone https://github.com/xdbfoundation/js-digitalbits-sdk.git
  1. Install dependencies inside js-digitalbits-sdk folder:
cd js-digitalbits-sdk
npm install
  1. Install Node 10.16.3

Because we support earlier versions of Node, please install and develop on Node 10.16.3 so you don't get surprised when your code works locally but breaks in CI.

Here's out to install nvm if you haven't: https://github.com/creationix/nvm

nvm install

# if you've never installed 10.16.3 before you'll want to re-install yarn
npm install -g yarn

If you work on several projects that use different Node versions, you might it helpful to install this automatic version manager: https://github.com/wbyoung/avn

  1. Observe the project's code style

While you're making changes, make sure to run the linter-watcher to catch any linting errors (in addition to making sure your text editor supports ESLint)

node_modules/.bin/gulp watch

If you're working on a file not in src, limit your code to Node 6.16 ES! See what's supported here: https://node.green/ (The reason is that our npm library must support earlier versions of Node, so the tests need to run on those versions.)

How to use with React-Native

  1. Add the following postinstall script:
    yarn rn-nodeify --install url,events,https,http,util,stream,crypto,vm,buffer --hack --yarn
  2. yarn add -D rn-nodeify
  3. Uncomment require('crypto') on shim.js
  4. react-native link react-native-randombytes
  5. Create file rn-cli.config.js
    module.exports = {
    resolver: {
     extraNodeModules: require("node-libs-react-native"),
  6. Add import "./shim"; to the top of index.js
  7. yarn add digitalbits-sdk


For information on how to use js-digitalbits-sdk, take a look at the Developers site.

There is also API Documentation here.


To run all tests:

gulp test

To run a specific set of tests:

gulp test:node
gulp test:browser

To generate and check the documentation site:

# install the `serve` command if you don't have it already
npm install -g serve

# generate the docs files
npm run docs

# get these files working in a browser
cd jsdoc && serve .

# you'll be able to browse the docs at http://localhost:5000


Documentation for this repo lives in Developers site.

Publishing to npm

npm version [<newversion> | major | minor | patch | premajor | preminor | prepatch | prerelease]

A new version will be published to npm and Bower by Travis CI.

npm >=2.13.0 required. Read more about npm version.


js-digitalbits-sdk is licensed under an Apache-2.0 license. See the LICENSE file for details.