API Access and Restrictions

Using the API

We provide several different API’s. Each API has its own ID. When running witness_node, initially two API’s are available.

  • API 0 provides read-only access to the database. (e.g. state-less RPC-calls querying)

  • API 1 is used to login and gain access to additional, restricted API’s. (e.g. authenticated interaction)


To access the restricted API-1 we are required to use the websocket connection with callbacks to access API-1


using wscat package from npm for websockets:

$ npm install -g wscat
$ wscat -c ws://
> {"id":1, "method":"call", "params":[0,"get_accounts",[["1.2.0"]]]}
< {"id":1,"result":[{"id":"1.2.0","annotations":[],"membership_expiration_date":"1969-12-31T23:59:59","registrar":"1.2.0","referrer":"1.2.0","lifetime_referrer":"1.2.0","network_fee_percentage":2000,"lifetime_referrer_fee_percentage":8000,"referrer_rewards_percentage":0,"name":"committee-account","owner":{"weight_threshold":1,"account_auths":[],"key_auths":[],"address_auths":[]},"active":{"weight_threshold":6,"account_auths":[["1.2.5",1],["1.2.6",1],["1.2.7",1],["1.2.8",1],["1.2.9",1],["1.2.10",1],["1.2.11",1],["1.2.12",1],["1.2.13",1],["1.2.14",1]],"key_auths":[],"address_auths":[]},"options":{"memo_key":"GPH1111111111111111111111111111111114T1Anm","voting_account":"1.2.0","num_witness":0,"num_committee":0,"votes":[],"extensions":[]},"statistics":"2.7.0","whitelisting_accounts":[],"blacklisting_accounts":[]}]}

the same thing using an HTTP client such as curl for API’s which do not require login or other session state:

$ curl --data '{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "call", "params": [0, "get_accounts", [["1.2.0"]]], "id": 1}'

API 0 is accessible using regular JSON-RPC:

$ curl --data '{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "get_accounts", "params": [["1.2.0"]], "id": 1}'

Since restricted APIs require login, they are only accessible over the websocket RPC. However, to monitor incoming deposits, we only need API 0.

Accessing Restricted API’s

You can restrict API’s to particular users by specifying an api-access in a configuration file or by using the --api-access /full/path/to/api-access.json startup node command.


api-access.json file which allows user bytemaster with password supersecret to access four different API’s, while allowing any other user to access the three public API’s necessary to use the wallet:

   "permission_map" :
            "password_hash_b64" : "9e9GF7ooXVb9k4BoSfNIPTelXeGOZ5DrgOYMj94elaY=",
            "password_salt_b64" : "INDdM6iCi/8=",
            "allowed_apis" : ["database_api", "network_broadcast_api", "history_api", "network_node_api"]
            "password_hash_b64" : "*",
            "password_salt_b64" : "*",
            "allowed_apis" : ["database_api", "network_broadcast_api", "history_api"]
  • Passwords are stored in ase64 as as salted sha256 hashes.

  • A simple Python script, saltpass.py is avaliable [click here] to obtain hash and salt values from a password.

  • A single asterisk * may be specified as username or password hash to accept any value.

With the above configuration, how to call add_node from the network_node API

{"id":1, "method":"call", "params":[1,"login",["bytemaster", "supersecret"]]}
{"id":2, "method":"call", "params":[1,"network_node",[]]}
{"id":3, "method":"call", "params":[2,"add_node",[""]]}


the call to network_node is necessary to obtain the correct API identifier for the network API. It is not guaranteed that the network API identifier will always be 2.

The full node offers a set of API(s), of which only the database calls are avaiable via RPC. Calls that are restricted by default (i.e. network_node_api) or have been restricted by configuration are not accessible via RPC because a statefull protocol (websocket) is required for login.

The network_node API requires login, it is only accessible over the websocket RPC.

Please check. Our doxygen documentation contains the most up-to-date information about APIs.

Accessing the Named API via HTTP

When you access the API via HTTP, use the name of the APIs like below,

curl --data '{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "params": ["history", "get_account_history", ["1.2.31489", "1.11.0", 10, "1.11.0"]], "method": "call", "id": 10}' http://testgraphene:8090/rpc

If the API is restricted, specify the credentials using standard HTTP Headers,

curl -u bytemaster:supersecret --data '{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "params": ["history", "get_account_history", ["1.2.31489", "1.11.0", 10, "1.11.0"]], "method": "call", "id": 10}' http://testgraphene:8090/rpc

When you use WS, use like below to prevent unnecessary round trips (login, query API number, call function)

wscat -c ws://bytemaster:supersecret@testgraphene:8090

Login In

The login_api class implements the bottom layer of the RPC API. All other APIs must be requested from this API.

class login_api

The login_api class implements the bottom layer of the RPC API.

All other APIs must be requested from this API.

Public Functions

bool login(const string &user, const string &password)

Authenticate to the RPC server.


True if logged in successfully; false otherwise


This must be called prior to requesting other APIs. Other APIs may not be accessible until the client has sucessfully authenticated.

  • user: Username to login with

  • password: Password to login with

fc::api<block_api> block() const

Retrieve the network block API.

fc::api<network_broadcast_api> network_broadcast() const

Retrieve the network broadcast API.

fc::api<database_api> database() const

Retrieve the database API.

fc::api<history_api> history() const

Retrieve the history API.

fc::api<network_node_api> network_node() const

Retrieve the network node API.

fc::api<crypto_api> crypto() const

Retrieve the cryptography API.

fc::api<asset_api> asset() const

Retrieve the asset API.

fc::api<orders_api> orders() const

Retrieve the orders API.

fc::api<graphene::debug_witness::debug_api> debug() const

Retrieve the debug API (if available)

fc::api<custom_operations_api> custom_operations() const

Retrieve the custom operations API.

void enable_api(const string &api_name)

Called to enable an API, not reflected.