Dragonchain blockchain platform - simplified integration of advanced blockchain features
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The Dragonchain platform attempts to simplify integration of real business applications onto a blockchain. Providing features such as easy integration, protection of business data, fixed 5 second blocks, currency agnosticism, and interop features, Dragonchain shines a new and interesting light on blockchain technology.

No blockchain expertise required!

Project Goals

  1. Ease of integration of existing systems
  2. Ease of development for traditional engineers and coders unfamiliar with blockchain, distributed systems, and cryptography
  3. Client server style and simple RESTful integration points for business integration
  4. Simple architecture (flexible and usable for unforeseen applications)
  5. Provide protection of business data by default
  6. Allow business focused control of processes
  7. Fixed length period blocks
  8. Short/fast blocks
  9. Currency agnostic blockchain (multi­currency support)
  10. No base currency
  11. Interoperability with other blockchains public and private
  12. Adoption of standards as they become available (see ​W3C Blockchain Community Group blockchain standardization​)

Quick Links



Joe Roets (j03) joe@dragonchain.org

Setup and Installation

Running Stack via Docker

Requires Docker version 1.13.0 and docker-compose version 1.10.0

Stack declaration is made via the docker-compose.yaml in the docker directory. Docker-compose.yml uses the dockerfile declarations that packages the project services into containers.

To bring up the stack:

cd docker
docker-compose up -d

Postgres is exposed at port 5432

Query service is exposed at port 80

Transaction service is exposed at port 81

Processor service is exposed at port 8080

Database Setup

Requires Postgres 9.4+

cd <Dragonchain Home>/sql
createuser blocky
createdb -O blocky blockchain
psql -U blocky -d blockchain -a -f depl.sql

Python Dependencies

Dragonchain utilized Python 2.7

To install Python library dependencies, run the following:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Code Generation

Message classes and RMI services are generated by thrift templates. If you have Apache Thrift installed you can regenerate these classes by using the gen_thrift setup command:

python setup.py gen_thrift


mkdir pki
  • Signing Key Generation openssl ecparam -name secp224r1 -genkey -out <Dragonchain Home>/pki/sk.pem
  • Verifying Key Generation openssl ec -in pki/sk.pem -pubout -out <Dragonchain Home>/pki/pk.pem
  • The signing key must be kept private. The pki directory is listed in .gitignore to prevent accidentally pushing keys to a public repository.


Pre-create a directory for log files before execution.

mkdir logs


Set the PYTHONPATH variable

export PYTHONPATH=/path/to/dragonchain

Transaction Service

python <Dragonchain Home>/blockchain/transaction_svc.py --private-key <Dragonchain Home>/pki/sk.pem --public-key <Dragonchain Home>/pki/pk.pem

Query Service

python <Dragonchain Home>/blockchain/query_svc.py [-p port] //defaults to 8080

Example Query

localhost:8080/transaction/?create_ts=1475155787 //timestamp in Unix Epoch timecode
    - create_ts can be replaced with any of the header fields in a transaction

Blockchain Processor

python <Dragonchain Home>/blockchain/processing.py --private-key <Dragonchain Home>/pki/sk.pem --public-key <Dragonchain Home>/pki/pk.pem

--private-key (required - signing key for transaction service and processing module)
--public-key  (required)
--host        (defaults to localhost)
--port, -p    (defaults to 8080)
--phase       (required)

For phase 5 node only:
--bitcoin-network (mainnet/testnet/regtest)

Running a phase 5 node

The current implementation of the phase 5 node can connect to a local bitcoin node with wallet in order to run or can remotely connect to another bitcoin wallet running Bitcoin-Qt. Make sure that your bitcoin.conf file is in the proper location:

$HOME/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/

bitcoin.conf file contents

rpcuser="some username"
rpcpassword="password for the node"

Optional for running on a remote node:

rpcport="bitcoin_node_port" (defaults to 8333)


Configuration within yaml files within configs directory.

Environment Variables

BLOCKCHAIN_DB_HOSTNAME = Hostname of the database instance (default localhost)

BLOCKCHAIN_DB_PORT = Port of the database server (default 5432)

BLOCKCHAIN_DB_USERNAME = Database username (default blocky)

BLOCKCHAIN_DB_PASSWORD = Database password (default None)

BLOCKCHAIN_DB_NAME = Blockchain database (default blockchain, also selects .yaml config and log file with same name)


Dragonchain uses a standard Feature Branch Workflow.

All feature development should take place in Git branch dedicated to that feature. A feature branch should be named starting with the ticket ID followed by a dash and a short description.

Issues are tracked within Github: Dragonchain Issues


Code should follow the PEP 8 Style Guide for Python code where possible.



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