@requestnetwork/request-client.js is a typescript library part of the Request Network protocol. This package allows you to interact with the Request blockchain through Request nodes. This client side library uses Request nodes as servers, connected in HTTP. See the Request node documentation for more details on their API. It ships both as a commonjs and a UMD module. This means you can use it in node application and in web pages.


npm install @requestnetwork/request-client.js


Usage as commonjs module

See packages/usage-examples/src/request-client-js.ts.

Usage as UMD module

A global RequestNetwork is exposed:

<script src="requestnetwork.min.js"></script>

  const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork.RequestNetwork();

  const request = await requestNetwork.createRequest({

A full example is available in packages\request-client.js\test\index.html (see here)

Configure which Request node to use

const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork({
  nodeConnectionConfig: { baseURL: 'http://super-request-node.com/api' },

It can be further configured with option from Axios.

By default, it uses a local node, on http://localhost:3000.

Use in development, without a node

When the option useMockStorage is true, the library will use a mock storage in memory instead of a Request node. It is meant to simplify local development and should never be used in production. Nothing will be persisted on the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS, it will all stay in memory until your program stops.

const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork({ useMockStorage: true });


We are currently writing the full API reference and more detailed guides. This section will be updated. If you need help in the meantime, join the Request Hub Slack and come chat with us.

Create a request

const request = await requestNetwork.createRequest({

Get a request from its ID

const requestFromId = await requestNetwork.fromRequestId(requestId);
  • requestId: string

Get all requests linked to an identity

const identity = {
  type: RequestNetwork.Types.Identity.TYPE.ETHEREUM_ADDRESS,
  value: '0x740fc87Bd3f41d07d23A01DEc90623eBC5fed9D6',

// Get only the request updated in this timestamp boundaries (in second)
const updatedBetween = {
  from: 1546300800,
  to: 1548979200,

const requestsFromIdentity = await requestNetwork.fromIdentity(identity, updatedBetween);

Get all requests linked to a topic

const topic = 'any_topic';

// Get only the request updated in this timestamp boundaries (in second)
const updatedBetween = {
  from: 1546300800,
  to: 1548979200,

const requestsFromIdentity = await requestNetwork.fromTopic(topic, updatedBetween);
  • topic: string
  • updatedBetween
    • from: number - get requests updated from this timestamp on
    • to: number - get requests updated before this timestamp

Accept a request

await request.accept(signerIdentity, refundInformation);

Cancel a request

await request.cancel(signatureInfo, refundInformation);

Increase the expected amount of a request

await request.increaseExpectedAmountRequest(amount, signatureInfo, refundInformation);

Reduce the expected amount of a request

await request.reduceExpectedAmountRequest(amount, signatureInfo, paymentInformation);

Get a request data

const requestData = request.getData();
  meta, // see "Metadata of a request"

requestData.request: IRequestData

Metadata of a request

In the object returned by request.getData();, the property meta contains the metadata of the request:

  meta: {
    ignoredTransactions: [
        reason // reason why the transaction has been ignored
        transaction // the ignored transaction
    transactionManagerMeta: {
      dataAccessMeta: {
        storageMeta: [
            ethereum: {
              blockConfirmation // number of confirmation of the block from where the data comes from
              blockNumber // the block number
              blockTimestamp // the block timestamp
              cost // total cost in wei paid to submit the block on ethereum
              fee // request fees paid in wei
              gasFee // ethereum gas fees paid in wei
              networkName // ethereum network name
              smartContractAddress // address of the smartcontract where the hash is stored
              transactionHash // ethereum transaction hash that stored the hash
            ipfs: {
              size // size of the ipfs content of the block
            storageType  // type of the storage (for now, always "ethereumIpfs")
            timestamp: // timestamp of the data (for now, always equals to the ethereum.blockTimestamp)
        transactionsStorageLocation: [
          // location of the data used to interpret the request

Compute a request ID before it is created

const requestId = await requestNetwork.computeRequestId({

Important: As the requestId is a hash of the request data, you should set requestInfo.timestamp, using Utils.getCurrentTimestampInSecond. Otherwise, it can have a different timestamp when computing the ID and when actually creating the request.

Content Data

A Request can have an optional Content Data. Content Data can be any type of data that can safely be JSON stringified (check the JSON.stringify() documentation for more details).

This Content Data will be stored with the request, allowing relevant information about the request to be shared.

Examples of standardized data formats that can be used in the request Content Data can be found at the data-format package.

Payment and Refund detections

If a payment network has been given to the request, the payment detection can be done.

From the information provided in payment network, the library will feed the property balance of the request with:

  • balance: the sum of the amount of all payments minus the sum of amount of all refunds
  • events: all the payments and refunds events with the amount, timestamp etc...

The payment networks available are:

  • Types.PAYMENT_NETWORK_ID.BITCOIN_ADDRESS_BASED ('pn-bitcoin-address-based'): handle Bitcoin payments associated to a BTC address to the request, every transaction hitting this address will be consider as a payment. Eventually, the payer can provide a BTC address for the refunds. Note that the addresses must be used only for one and only one request otherwise one transaction will be considered as a payment for more than one request. (see the specification)
  • Types.PAYMENT_NETWORK_ID.TESTNET_BITCOIN_ADDRESS_BASED ('pn-testnet-bitcoin-address-based'): Same as previous but for the bitcoin testnet (for test purpose)


Pull requests are welcome. For major changes, please open an issue first to discuss what you would like to change. Read the contributing guide



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