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Rosetta SDK

Go SDK to create and interact with Rosetta API implementations

Build once. Integrate your blockchain everywhere.


The rosetta-sdk-go provides a collection of packages used for interaction with the Rosetta API specification. Much of the code in this repository is generated from the rosetta-specifications repository.

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If you have a blockchain based on go-ethereum, we recommend that you use our rosetta-geth-sdk SDK.

Getting Started

This Golang project provides a server package that empowers a developer to write a full Rosetta Data API server by only implementing an interface. This package automatically validates client requests and calls the functions you implement with pre-parsed requests (instead of in raw JSON).

If you plan to use a language other than Golang, you will need to either codegen a server (using Swagger Codegen or OpenAPI Generator) or write one from scratch. If you choose to write an implementation in another language, we ask that you create a separate repository in an SDK-like format for all the code you generate so that other developers can use it. You can add your repository to the list in the rosetta-ecosystem repository, and in the ecosystem category of our community site. Use this repository (rosetta-sdk-go) for an example of how to generate code from this specification.

Installation Guide

This command installs the Server package.

go get



The router is a Mux router that routes traffic to the correct controller.


Controllers are automatically generated code that specify an interface that a service must implement.


Services are implemented by you to populate responses. These services are invoked by controllers.

Recommended Folder Structure


Quick Examples

Complete SDK Example

This is an example of how to write an implementation using the Server package in rosetta-sdk-go.

package main

import (


const (
	serverPort = 8080

// NewBlockchainRouter creates a Mux http.Handler from a collection
// of server controllers.
func NewBlockchainRouter(
	network *types.NetworkIdentifier,
	asserter *asserter.Asserter,
) http.Handler {
	networkAPIService := services.NewNetworkAPIService(network)
	networkAPIController := server.NewNetworkAPIController(

	blockAPIService := services.NewBlockAPIService(network)
	blockAPIController := server.NewBlockAPIController(

	return server.NewRouter(networkAPIController, blockAPIController)

func main() {
	network := &types.NetworkIdentifier{
		Blockchain: "Rosetta",
		Network:    "Testnet",

	// The asserter automatically rejects incorrectly formatted
	// requests.
	asserter, err := asserter.NewServer(
		[]string{"Transfer", "Reward"},
	if err != nil {

	// Create the main router handler then apply the logger and Cors
	// middlewares in sequence.
	router := NewBlockchainRouter(network, asserter)
	loggedRouter := server.LoggerMiddleware(router)
	corsRouter := server.CorsMiddleware(loggedRouter)
	log.Printf("Listening on port %d\n", serverPort)
	log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(fmt.Sprintf(":%d", serverPort), corsRouter))

SDK Packages

  • Types: Auto-generated Rosetta types
  • Client: Low-level communication with any Rosetta server
  • Server: Simplified Rosetta API server development
  • Asserter: Validation of Rosetta types
  • Fetcher: Simplified and validated communication with any Rosetta server
  • Parser: Tool for parsing Rosetta blocks
  • Syncer: Sync Rosetta blocks with customizable handling
  • Reconciler: Compare derived balances with node balances
  • Keys: Cryptographic operations for Rosetta-supported curves
  • Constructor: Coordinate the construction and broadcast of transactions

These packages are demoed extensively in examples and are utilized throughout the rosetta-cli tool.


The core of any integration is syncing blocks reliably. The syncer serially processes blocks from a Data API implementation (automatically handling re-orgs) with user-defined handling logic and pluggable storage. After a block is processed, store it to a DB or send a push notification—the decision is up to you!


When reading the operations in a block, it's helpful to apply higher-level groupings to related operations, or match operations in a transaction to some set of generic descriptions (i.e., ensure there are two operations of equal but opposite amounts). The parser empowers any integrator to build abstractions on top of the building blocks that the Rosetta API exposes.


Helpful commands for development:

Install Dependencies

make deps

Generate Types, Client and Server

make gen

If you want to modify client and server, please modify files under templates/client and templates/server then run make gen

Run Tests

make test

Lint the Source Code

This includes the generated code.

make lint

Code Check

make release


To validate rosetta-sdk-go, install rosetta-cli and run one of the following commands:

  • rosetta-cli check:data --configuration-file rosetta-cli-conf/testnet/config.json - This command validates that the Data API implementation is correct, using the bitcoin testnet node. It also ensures that the implementation does not miss any balance-changing operations.
  • rosetta-cli check:construction --configuration-file rosetta-cli-conf/testnet/config.json - This command validates the Construction API implementation. It also verifies transaction construction, signing, and submissions to the testnet network.
  • rosetta-cli check:data --configuration-file rosetta-cli-conf/mainnet/config.json - This command validates that the Data API implementation is correct, using the bitcoin mainnet node. It also ensures that the implementation does not miss any balance-changing operations.

Read the How to Test your Rosetta Implementation documentation for additional details.


You may contribute to the rosetta-sdk-go project in various ways:

Read our Contributing documentation for more information.

When you've finished an implementation for a blockchain, share your work in the ecosystem category of the community site. Platforms looking for implementations for certain blockchains will be monitoring this section of the website for high-quality implementations they can use for integration. Make sure that your implementation meets the expectations of any implementation.


You can find the Rosetta API documentation at

Check out the Getting Started section to start diving into Rosetta.

Our documentation is divided into the following sections:

Related Projects

  • rosetta-specifications — The rosetta-specifications repository generates the SDK code in the rosetta-sdk-go repository.
  • rosetta-cli — Use the rosetta-cli tool to test your Rosetta API implementation. The tool also provides the ability to look up block contents and account balances.
  • rosetta-geth-sdk – The rosetta-geth-sdk repository provides a collection of packages used for interaction with the Rosetta API specification. The goal of this SDK is to help accelerate Rosetta API implementation on go-ethereum based chains.

Sample Implementations

To help you with examples, we developed complete Rosetta API sample implementations for Bitcoin and Ethereum. Developers of Bitcoin-like or Ethereum-like blockchains may find it easier to fork these implementation samples than to write an implementation from scratch.

You can also find community implementations for a variety of blockchains in the rosetta-ecosystem repository, and in the ecosystem category of our community site.


This project is available open source under the terms of the Apache 2.0 License.

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