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ARK Core - dApp Installation Setup Steps

This is a basic example of Ark dApp development, by using our CustomTransaction approach with GTI and modular approach.

This Example is currently operational only on our core/develop branch!

This dApp enables a new transaction type on the ARK Core blockchain. New transaction types follows existing blockchain protocol.


Purpose: Enables registration of a new business identity on the Core blockchain (with custom fields like name and website).

TransactionType: BusinessRegistration Fields:

  • name: string
  • website: string | uri

Registered Transaction is fully compatible with existing API (api/transactions/)

dApp Installation

STEP 1: Checkout This dApp Project As a GitSubmodule

cd plugins/ #location for loading of custom non-core dApps
git submodule add -f
cd custom-transaction

STEP 2: Load The dApp(Custom Transactions module) In The Corresponding Network Configurations.

Go to: core/packages/core/bin/testnet

cd packages/core/bin/config/testnet

Locate file plugins.js. We will add our plugin name to end of the list of the loaded plugins. This means that core will pickup the plugin/dapp and load it for a specific network configuration. Add line "@arkecosystem/custom-transactions": {}: to the end of the plugins.js file, so it looks something like this:

    "@arkecosystem/core-exchange-json-rpc": {
        enabled: process.env.CORE_EXCHANGE_JSON_RPC_ENABLED,
        host: process.env.CORE_EXCHANGE_JSON_RPC_HOST || "",
        port: process.env.CORE_EXCHANGE_JSON_RPC_PORT || 8080,
        allowRemote: false,
        whitelist: ["", "::ffff:"],
    "@arkecosystem/core-snapshots": {},
    "@arkecosystem/custom-transactions": {}, //our application hook (here we load the plugin/dapp)

STEP 3: Setup Development Docker Database

Setup docker database config and run Postgres DB via Docker. Follow the steps from here:

STEP 4: Start Local Testnet Blockchain

Start local blockchain with testnet running on your developer computer. Follow steps defined in here:

STEP 5: Send New Custom Transaction To The Local Node

Send your new transaction type payload to the local blockchain node with the following curl command:

curl --request POST \
  --url \
  --header 'content-type: application/json' \
  --data '      {
                                "version": 2,
                                "network": 23,
                                "typeGroup": 1001,
                                "type": 100,
                                "nonce": "3",
                                "fee": "5000000000",
                                "amount": "0",
                                        { "businessData": { "name": "google", "website": "" } },
                                 "b567325019edeef0ce5a1134af0b642a54ed2a8266a406e1a999f5d590eb5c3c" }

You should receive a response similar to this:

    "data": {
        "accept": ["b567325019edeef0ce5a1134af0b642a54ed2a8266a406e1a999f5d590eb5c3c"],
        "broadcast": ["b567325019edeef0ce5a1134af0b642a54ed2a8266a406e1a999f5d590eb5c3c"],
        "excess": [],
        "invalid": []

Use Block Explorer To View Local Running Testnet

The following code instructions will run a local copy of ARK Explorer and connect to local node.

    git clone
    cd explorer

    yarn install

    yarn serve:testnet

After running yarn serve:testnet you should see the following:

 DONE  Compiled successfully in 11030ms                                                                                                        11:07:14 AM

No type errors found
Version: typescript 3.6.3
Time: 6973ms

  App running at:
  - Local:   http://localhost:8080/
  - Network:

  Note that the development build is not optimized.
  To create a production build, run yarn build.

Head over to http://localhost:8080/ to view contents of local running blockchain with Testnet environment setup.

Congrats, your dapp is loaded. Now look at the resources below to understand more about our dapp development.

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