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IPC API

The IPC API allows users to create Unix domain sockets for blockchains to publish to. When the blockchain accepts a vertex/block it will publish it to a socket and the decisions contained inside will be published to another.

A node will only expose this API if it is started with config flag api-ipcs-enabled=true.

info

This API set is for a specific node, it is unavailable on the public server.

IPC Message Format

Socket messages consist of a 64bit integer in BigEndian format followed by that many bytes.

Example:

Sending:
[0x41, 0x76, 0x61, 0x78]
Writes to the socket:
[0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x04, 0x41, 0x76, 0x61, 0x78]

IPC Socket URL Format

The names of the sockets are of the form <network_id>-<chain_id>-<event_type> where <event_type> is either consensus or decisions. The consensus socket receives vertices and blocks and while the decisions socket receives individual transactions.

Format

This API uses the json 2.0 RPC format.

Endpoint

/ext/ipcs

Methods

ipcs.publishBlockchain

caution

Deprecated as of v1.9.12.

Register a blockchain so it publishes accepted vertices to a Unix domain socket.

Signature:

ipcs.publishBlockchain({blockchainID: string}) -> {consensusURL: string, decisionsURL: string}
  • blockchainID is the blockchain that will publish accepted vertices.
  • consensusURL is the path of the Unix domain socket the vertices are published to.
  • decisionsURL is the path of the Unix domain socket the transactions are published to.

Example Call:

curl -X POST --data '{
"jsonrpc": "2.0",
"method": "ipcs.publishBlockchain",
"params":{
"blockchainID":"11111111111111111111111111111111LpoYY"
},
"id": 1
}' -H 'content-type:application/json;' 127.0.0.1:9650/ext/ipcs

Example Response:

{
"jsonrpc": "2.0",
"result": {
"decisionsURL": "/tmp/1-11111111111111111111111111111111LpoYY-consensus",
"consensusURL": "/tmp/1-11111111111111111111111111111111LpoYY-decisions"
},
"id": 1
}

ipcs.unpublishBlockchain

caution

Deprecated as of v1.9.12.

Deregister a blockchain so that it no longer publishes to a Unix domain socket.

Signature:

ipcs.unpublishBlockchain({blockchainID: string}) -> {}
  • blockchainID is the blockchain that will no longer publish to a Unix domain socket.

Example Call:

curl -X POST --data '{
"jsonrpc": "2.0",
"method": "ipcs.unpublishBlockchain",
"params":{
"blockchainID":"11111111111111111111111111111111LpoYY"
},
"id": 1
}' -H 'content-type:application/json;' 127.0.0.1:9650/ext/ipcs

Example Response:

{
"jsonrpc": "2.0",
"result": {},
"id": 1
}

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