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Hyperledger Fabric SDK REST Server

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Hyperledger Fabric REST API server is provided by two node.js modules. The first defines a loopback connector for Hyperledger Fabric and the second defines how to expose those capabilities over REST. The connector uses the capabilities provided by fabric-sdk-node to interact with Hyperledger Fabric.

It is intended to provide the capabilities for FAB-156.

The design for this item can be found on Google Docs. Comments on the design are welcome.

Dev branch status: Build Status

Endpoint implementation status

This table provides a rough guide to what has been implemented.

Verb REST Endpoint Implementation Status Test Available
POST /channels/{channelName}/transactions End to End done NO
POST /channels/{channelName}/endorse COMMENTED OUT, Needs clear use case to add back in NO
POST /chaincodes Done, needs more testing YES but needs enhancing
POST /channels/{channelName}/chaincodes Done NO
PUT ^^ Basic impl, test script run NO
GET ^^ Done NO
GET /channels Done YES
GET /channels/{channelName} Done, needs output validation NO
POST ^^ Done Creates mychannel of basic-network
PUT ^^ TODO ???
POST /channels/{channelName}/peers Done Join one peer to mychannel
GET /channels/{channelName}/transactions/{transactionID} Done, manual test, test script run NO
GET /channels/{channelName}/blocks Done, manual test, test script run NO
GET /channels/{channelName}/chaincodes/{id} Done YES
GET /chaincodes/{id} Done, manual test, test script run NO
POST /channels/{channelName}/ledger Done, manual test, test script run PARTIAL


  • Node v6.9.x
  • A Hyperledger Fabric v1.0 network to connect to
    • Optionally use
  • Hyperledger Fabric Docker images

Developer Installation

  1. Install the dependencies detailed above.
  2. Run npm link in the packages/loopback-connector-fabric directory.
  3. Run npm link loopback-connector-fabric in the packages/fabric-rest directory.
  4. Run npm install in the packages/fabric-rest directory.
  5. To allow the LDAP testing server to start, run npm install in the project root directory.


For a simple configuration that works with the Fabcar sample network, we have provided a script. See the Sample configuration section for more details.

These configuration details will change once support for FAB-5363 is implemented

For custom configuration, that still uses, in the folder packages/fabric-rest/server change the contents of datasources.json.template to reference the peer(s), orderer(s), and keystore, as well as to configure the fabric user credentials. Note that either string AUSER or ADMINUSER will be replaced by the string fabricUser and that the string FABSAMPLE will be replaced by what is passed on the -f option.

For custom configuration, that does not use, in the folder packages/fabric-rest/server change the contents of datasources.json to reference the peer(s), orderer(s), and keystore, as well as to configure the "fabricUser": {..} credentials.

To install and instantiate chaincode the server must be configured to run as a user with administrator access on the peer ( -a option), for standard work the server can be configured with any user that is known to the peer.

Sample Configuration

The settings in datasources.json (generated from the template) are used to configure the known Hyperledger Fabric network and channels to the REST server by using the capabilities provided by fabric-sdk-node. datasources.json.template along with have been created to provide a simple way to configure the REST API server to work with fabric-sample/fabcar running in local Docker containers. It also contains some unused fields that show the equivalent peers and orderers configured to work with grpcs connections.

Note that the fabcar sample is a customization on top of basic-network so the -f option should point to <your dir>/fabric-samples/basic-network where <your dir> is the directory the fabric-samples have been downloaded to.

Running the basic-network from fabric-samples locally will start 4 containers.

Node/Peer External IP:Port
Org1, peer0
couchdb (peer0) -
CA (Org1) -

Running the REST API Server

A setup script,, is provided to configure the REST API Server. It can:

  • Generate self-signed TLS keys for secure connections
  • Find user (including admin) keys for a given started Fabric network
  • Populate datasources.json from datasources.json.template

Full help will be shown with -h. The following command will configure the REST API server to use the Admin user by updating datasources.json, and generating keys. Note that the Fabric network directory must be specified: -f ~/fabric-samples/basic-network/ -ukat

Once setup (either with the above script or manually defining the file datasources.json), the REST server can be started. To do this, invoke the script ./fabric-rest-server from the fabric-rest package directory (in that location or symlinked elsewhere). The messages to the terminal will confirm when the LoopBack server is running.

fabric-rest-server allows for a port to be specified for the server to listen on with the -p option. Try out the API manually using the LoopBack API Explorer interface, for your given hostname and port.

Starting the server

In the fabric-rest package directory run the command ./fabric-rest-server.

By default the server will read the Fabric connection profile information (which peers to connect to, etc.) from datasources.json. An absolute file name to read can be specified with the -s option. To see all command line options run ./fabric-rest-server -h.

Security and Authentication Mechanisms

See our documentation on securing the REST server and configuring authentication mechanisms.

Testing the REST Server

See our documentation on testing the REST server.


The logging used relies on the logger being set for fabric-sdk-node. The following assumes that the default Winston logger is used and the command to start the REST server is run from within the fabric-rest directory.

To run with logging enabled for debugging purposes, start the REST server with fabric-rest-server -d. This is equivalent to

fabric-rest-server -l '{"debug":"console"}'

This sends all log messages of debug or greater importance to that location (in this case, the console). The -l option allows for an arbitrary logging configuration to be defined.

The following configuration is bad as it will result in 3 error messages for each error and 2 info messages for each info being sent to the console:

fabric-rest-server -l '{"info":"console","error":"console","debug":"console"}'

The following will send error, info and debug messages to a file, and just error messages to the console.

fabric-rest-server -l '{"error":"console","debug":"/tmp/fabricRestDebug.log"}'


We welcome contributions to the Hyperledger Fabric SDK REST Project in many forms.

Please read our contributing guide for details.


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