APIs are separated into two categories, namely
- the Blockchain API which is used to query blockchain data (account, assets, trading history, etc.) and
- the Wallet API which has your private keys loaded and is required when interacting with the blockchain with new transactions.
In order to interface with the wallet, you need to run the CLI Wallet. Neither the light-wallet, nor the hosted web wallet will provide you with an API.
In contrast to many existing ecosystems, there is no centralized services that let’s you access private API calles after successful authentication. Instead, your run your wallet (and optionally a full node) locally and are with your own API service provider. This obviously has the advantage that you don’t need to give access to your funds to any third party but has the slight disadvantage that you need to run a local wallet appilcation, that however does not download the whole blockchain for verification. If you run a sensitive business, we recommend to also run a local full node to download and verify the blockchain and interface your wallet with your local full node.
This page will give you a detailed description of both API categories, the Remote Procedure Calls and Websockets, and will give an introduction to many available calls.
Interfacing with Graphene¶
The set of available calls depends on whether you connect to a full node
witness_node) or the wallet (
cli_wallet). Both support RPC-JSON. The
full node also supports the websocket protocol with notifications.
Which blockchain network you connect to (BitShares, MUSE, ..) depends on the configuration of the full node and the wallet. If you run a full node, we recommend to connect your wallet to your local full node even though it could be connected to any other public full node as well.
For sensitive businesses that want to ensure that deposits are irreversible, we recommend the use of the High Security Setup. That contains a delayed node to pass only irreversible transactions to the API.
All API calls are formated in JSON and return JSON only.
The blockchain API can be used to obtain any kind of data stored in the blockchain. Besides data stores in the blockchain itself (blocks, transactions, etc. ..), higher level objects (such as accounts, balances, etc. ...) can be retrieved through the full node’s database.
It is not required to run a local full node if you want to query a particular blockchain or database, but you can also query any existing public node for information.
Blockchain Objects and their Identifiers¶
In contrast to many other projects, the Graphene technology distinguishes different kinds of objects, in the protocol and implementation space.
In the protocol space, there are raw objects such as, accounts, assets, committee members as well as orders, proposals and balances. The implementation space is used to gain access to higher abstraction layers for instance content of the current database state (these include, current global blockchain properties, dynamic asset data, transaction histories as well as account statistics and budget records).