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EOS Shine SmartContract

This document describes various aspects of the EOS Shine SmartContract implementation ranging from architecture, building, troubleshooting, etc.

Moreover, this document also contains various information about EOS SmartContract in general, mainly aimed at the developer audience.

Architecture & Features

The Shine contract goal is to enable the implementation of a recognition system based on praise and votes. Person (i.e. account) broadcast a praise to all other members. Each member (i.e. account) can then vote for this particular praise.



  • praise (addpraise) - Create a praise in the blockchain.
  • vote (addvote) - Vote for a given praise in the blockchain.
  • rewards (calcrewards) - Update the rewards table in the blockchain.



For development, ideally you would have a testnet running on your machine executing the EOS blockchain by configuring a local environment. Follow the instructions at and when you have a nodeos running with a producer emitting blocks, come back here.

There is a shine_bot.rb script that enables to interact with the contract in a more rapid way. For this you will need Ruby 2.4+ installed along with the following dependency installed globally:

gem install 'tty-prompt'

Note that this is not needed if you don't plan on using the


Let's prepare for the development of EOS Shine SmartContract. We will need an account on a running blockchain. It's quite possible to run you own test blockchain on your machine for development purposes.

Let's create the account by creating two EOS key sets (first one for owner permission second one for active permission). Note the private keys outputted somewhere as we will need them in later section:

Note You will need to have eosios@active private key imported into a wallet for the account creation to work. Import it using cleos wallet import <private_key>.

# Owner
cleos create key
Private key: 5H123
Public key: EOSXYZ

# Active
cleos create key
Private key: 5B456
Public key: EOSABC

cleos create account eosio shine EOSXYZ EOSABC

Once the account is created, let's import the owner and active private keys into the default wallet (you are free to use another wallet also):

Note Ensures that the wallet is unlocked prior doing this operation. You can unlock it by using cleos wallet unlock and entering the wallet password that was outputted at wallet creation time.

# Of course, change 5H123 and 5B456 by real owner & active private keys respectively
cleos wallet import 5H123
cleos wallet import 5B456

We are then good to go. Note that if the blockchain node is stopped, wallet will need to be unlocked again prior doing any operations in the upcoming sections.

Building & Testing

Building the SmartContract ABI and code to WAST is performed through the eosiocpp command line utility. Navigate to the root folder of this project and then issue:

eosiocpp -o shine.wast shine.cpp

Once the WAST has been generated correctly, next step is to set the contract on the account shine that was created in the preparation step:

cleos set contract shine `pwd`

To make it easier to develop, the shine_bot.rb is a small command line utility to interact more easily with the SmartContract.

First, it's possible to run all command in a quick way by passing the flag -q to the CLI tool. This will not ask for question for which a default value has been provided by via environment variables. Environment variables for the various questions:

  • SHINE_BOT_CONTRACT - Default value of the contract id
  • SHINE_BOT_ACTION - Default action to execute (use in preference CLI arguments instead of this one)
  • SHINE_BOT_AUTHOR - Default member that posted a praise
  • SHINE_BOT_PRAISEE - Default member praised in a praise
  • SHINE_BOT_VOTER - Default member that voted for a praise
  • SHINE_BOT_PRAISE_ID - Default praise id to use when voting
  • SHINE_BOT_REWARD_POT - Default EOS reward amount (in form #.XXXX EOS)

Action can also be specified via the CLI, this is the preferred way of performing an action.

Without any argument, contract and action will be asked via the terminal. So it's recommended to export SHINE_BOT_CONTRACT so the question is not ask at all (even without quick mode flag -q). With the right action flag (or environment variable), the contract and action will not be asked and default value will be used.

When entering member id in questions, you can use any string value. The input defined will then be hashed using sha256 and this will result in the member_id being pass to the contract.

Possible usage:

  • ./shine_bot.rb --praise - Perform a praise (author, praisee, memo)
  • ./shine_bot.rb --vote - Perform a vote (praise_id, voter)
  • ./shine_bot.rb --rewards - Compute the rewards (pot)
  • ./shine_bot.rb --scenario - Perform a scenario adding 6 praises and 10 votes.

By using the scenario, you will automatically add a bunch of praises and votes so it's easier to test your SmartContract code and changes afterward.

EOS SmartContract


This section aims at providing links to documentation related to some concept of building SmartContract for the EOS blockchain.

  • eosio::multi_index

    Currently, the EOS multi_index is poorly documented. Suggestion is to check out boost::multi_index documentation since eosio::multi_index API is heavily based on it.

    Otherwise, looking at the eosio::multi_index source.

Table Update

Updating an existing table is problematic right now as it appears (unconfirmed) that serialization of the data is performed in a sequential binary way. This causes problem when serialization/deserialization back the new table structure.

Indeed, probably that under the cover, field names are not included in the serialized form. Deserialization then expects a certain layout to allow correct deserialization.

As such, when a field that is being added to an existing table will likely causing read error since not enough bytes will be available to fill the structure completely. This results in the following error message when trying to post an action that interacts with this table:

Error 3030000: transaction validation exception
Ensure that your transaction satisfy the contract's constraint!
Error Details:
condition: assertion failed: read

When a field is instead removed, then there it's likely that there will not be any runtime error as bytes will simply be re-interpreted as whatever the target type expect. This will causes logical error since the data held by the struct will be all scrambled (for example, a count value of 1 could become 7956005066189463816 since 8 random bytes will be re-interpreted to a uint64_t which might give anything).

Set Contract Code Update

There is some limitations as speaking (10th April 2018) about code update and doing a set contract command on an existing contract.


  • Adding only a field to a struct does not update the code version giving account.code_version != code_id: contract is already running this version of code error message when trying to update the contract.

Set Contract Common Mistakes

  • Test when

  • ABI JSON Wrong Floating Type

    The correct way in the ABI JSON to represents a floating point number is to use float64 which maps to double in the C++ code. Using double or float will result in the following cryptic error:

    Error 3030000: transaction validation exception
    Ensure that your transaction satisfy the contract's constraint!
    Error Details:
  • ABI JSON Table Name Mismatch

    In your C++ contract, if you make a type in the multi_index table name when defining the multi_index typedef like this:

    typedef eosio::multi_index<N(tablename), card> card_index;

    If tablename has a mismatch with regarding the table name ABI definition, then at runtime it will work but access to the table via the CLI will not work since it will say table does not exist.

  • ABI JSON Table Missing Fields

    If the ABI table definition has mismatch between actual code struct and definition, consequences will firstly the when querying the table data back, JSON representation will be broken.

    For an actual C++ definition of:

    struct {
      account_name owner;
      uint64_t value1;
      uint64_t value2;

    And a table ABI definition of:

      "owner": "account_name",
      "value2": "uint64"

    A data of containing {owner:john,value1:1,value2:2}, the call cleos get table contract contract table results in:

      "rows": [{
        "owner": "john",
        "value2": "1"
      "more": "false"
  • EOSLIB_SERIALIZE mismatch field(s)

    Let's say you added a field to an existing struct in your C++ code and also in the ABI but you forgot to add to the serialization of the struct, this results in no error when setting the contract and will instead cause runtime problem.

    For example, an account struct with fields owner and player where the EOS serialization call would be EOSLIB_SERIALIZE(account, (owner)). This will lead to runtime problem where player won't be initialized.

Set Contract Common Errors

  • Error generated by cleos set contract <account> <contract_folder> when an action name is not respecting the base32 naming convention of EOS:

    Reading WAST...
    Assembling WASM...
    Error 3120001: Invalid name
    Name should be less than 13 characters and only contains the following symbol .12345abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    Error Details:
    Name not properly normalized (name: createv6, normalized: createv)
    Fail to parse ABI JSON
  • Error generated by cleos set contract <account> <contract_folder> when an action is present but the associated struct of the action is not present in the .abi file:

     Reading WAST...
     Assembling WASM...
     Publishing contract...
     Error 3030000: transaction validation exception
     Ensure that your transaction satisfy the contract's constraint!
     Error Details:
  • Error generated by cleos set contract <account> <contract_folder> when a table definition is present (i.e. accounts) but the associated struct of the stored data is not present (i.e. account) in the .abi file:

     Reading WAST...
     Assembling WASM...
     Publishing contract...
     Error 3030000: transaction validation exception
     Ensure that your transaction satisfy the contract's constraint!
     Error Details:
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