Send a transaction over HTTP using the Python SDK

This example demonstrates a smart contract application running on localhost. Using the Python Ledger API and a running ledger node, we will show you how to:

  1. Create a pair of accounts on the node.
  2. Designate one account the contract owner.
  3. Give the contract owner some FET.
  4. Deploy the smart contract.
  5. Implement a transaction by sending FET to another account.

Set up

First, spin up a local node on standalone. You can find detailed instructions for this here: v. 0.1

With a local node running, let's download and install the Python library that will allow us to interact with the running node ledger.

git clone -b master

Make sure you are on the master branch in order to have all the latest features.

Install the library with the following command:

python3 install

To use the library, simply import it into a project and reference it. The demo script is in the examples folder; you can see the entirety of the script this example describes under:


Creating accounts and sending FET between them

First, import the necessary packages and define the network host and port:

from fetchai.ledger.api import LedgerApi
from fetchai.ledger.crypto import Entity

HOST = ''
PORT = 8000

The code imports the LedgerApi from the fetchai.ledger.api We use the classes in this package to connect to the ledger over HTTP.

Similarly, we import Entity from fetchai.ledger.crypto to gain access to the functionality for creating and managing cryptographic accounts.

The code runs in main().

First, we create the LedgerApi. Next, we create two Entity() objects which represent two account holders on the ledger. An Identity is a wrapper class around a public and private key pair with a bunch of useful functions such as accessing the values in different formats, i.e. hexadecimal or base64 string.

We print the balance from one entity.

Next, we give one account 1000 FET tokens: api.sync(api.tokens.wealth(identity1, 1000)).

Now, the account holder transfers 250 FET tokens to the other account: api.sync(api.tokens.transfer(identity1, identity2, 250, 20)).

def main():
    # create the APIs
    api = LedgerApi(HOST, PORT)

    # generate a random identity
    identity1 = Entity()
    identity2 = Entity()
    print('Balance Before:', api.tokens.balance(identity1))

    # create the balance
    print('Submitting wealth creation...')
    api.sync(api.tokens.wealth(identity1, 1000))

    # submit and wait for the transfer to be complete
    print('Submitting transfer...')
    api.sync(api.tokens.transfer(identity1, identity2, 250, 20))

    print('Balance 1:', api.tokens.balance(identity1))
    print('Balance 2:', api.tokens.balance(identity2))

The console should print the following result:

Balance Before: 0
Submitting wealth creation...
Submitting transfer...
Balance 1: 749
Balance 2: 250

The missing FET token is the fee charged to the account initiating the transaction.

# generate a random identity
your_identity = Identity()
other_identity = Identity()

You can run the example with:


That concludes the demo. Feel free to have a look around the classes in the API. Why not try and run and If you have any questions or feedback, get in touch at


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