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API Wrapper for LBRYd & LBRYcrd written in C++11

License: MIT Build: Passing Language grade: C/C++

CppBRY is a wrapper for the lbry daemon and lbrycrd daemon API for C++11. It allows users to interface with the LBRY daemons in order to write programs that run on the LBRY network.


Simply clone the repository into your desired installation directory

$ git clone /path/to/dir/

Then you Change Directories into where you installed it

$ cd /path/to/dir

Now, all you have to do is change the file permissions of to enable execution, and run it as a superuser.

# Change the permissions so you can run the file
$ sudo chmod +x

# Now just execute the file and watch it build and install.
$ sudo ./

This builds and installs the C++ Modern JSON Library to <nlohmann/json.hpp> , as well as the CurlPP Library to <curlpp>, and acts as a wrapper for the traditional (and very outdated) libcurl library.

NOTE: CurlPP depends on you having the libcurl library installed. At the moment there is no way to handle this dependancy issue automatically, so you will have to install it manually.

Installing libcurl

Installing on Linux

*Most package managers will generally have the following three:

  • libcurl4-openssl-dev (OpenSSL Flavor)
  • libcurl4-gnutls-dev (GnuTLS Flavor)
  • libcurl4-nss-dev (NSS Flavor)

(*More Obscure Distros will only provide one, or other strange variants, so check with your package manager if you are unsure)

Debian / Ubuntu (apt-based):
# apt install libcurl4-<your-pick>-dev
RedHat / CentOS (rpm-based):
# yum install libcurl4-<your-pick>-dev
Fedora (dnf-based):
# dnf install libcurl-devel
OpenSUSE (zypper-based):
# zypper install libcurl4-32bit
Other Non-Linux Systems:

Clone the libcurl github repository, and follow the steps as outlined on their website.


The wrapper uses the Modern JSON library as it allows ease-of-use on the user's end to be able to send and receive methods to the LBRY API.

To start, you need to have the LBRY Daemon running on your machine, which can be easily obtained here. Launch the daemon by running

$ lbrynet-daemon from the commandline, and having it just run in the background. From here you can interact with the actual LBRY network and start building your application.

For Normal LbrydAPI:

#include "lbry/lbryapi.h"       // for the actual API interaction
#include <nlohmann/json.hpp>    // to be able to access the data

// simplicity
using json = nlohmann::json; 
using namespace lbry;

int main(void) {
    json response = LbrydAPI::call(
                      "claim_list",             // method
                      {{"name", "bellflower"}}  // param list as a std::map
    /* This returns a JSON-RPC formatted object in the form
            "id": "X",          // body values we sent to the API
            "jsonrpc": "2.0",   
            "result": {
                // this is the actual information  we received from the 
                // API. If something went wrong, instead of getting
                // "result" as the parent member, 
                // we'd instead get "error".
    cout << setw(4) << response << endl;
    /* this prints out the request as a json-formatted object.
       in order to have it print correctly, use std::setw(4)
       to have it be formatted. The parameter to `std::setw()` 
       is the actual indentation value. Change it as you please.
    // Simply call by the member name to get the body.
    json response_data = response["result"];
    /* do whatever here */
    return 0;

For LbryCrdAPI:

#include "lbry/lbryapi.h"       // for the actual API interaction
#include <nlohmann/json.hpp>    // to be able to access the data

// simplicity
using json = nlohmann::json; 
using namespace lbry;

int main(void) {
    // Create the LbryCrdAPI object by providing username & password
    LbryCrdAPI my_api("username", "password");
    // Use a member function instead to make requests
    json response ="wallet_send", {{"amount": "420.0"},
                                                {"address": "SomeAddress"},
                                                {"claim_id": "12345"}}
    // this just prints the body of what the API sent back 
    // in pretty JSON format.
    cout << setw(2) << response["result"] << endl;
    // the types get resolved thanks to the elegance of Modern JSON
    bool succ = response["result"]["payment_scheduled"];
    return 0;

At the moment, the API isn't being installed directly into the compiler's include directories (this will be implemented shortly), so you have to either write your project in the same directory, or define an absolute path to lbryapi.h in your include directive.


  • Make the functions tangible and generative
  • Make the library install in the actual include directory for C++ compilers to have access
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