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The stellar-base library is the lowest-level stellar helper library. It consists of classes to read, write, hash, and sign the xdr structures that are used in stellar-core.


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Let's first decode a transaction (taken from stellar-core's txhistory table):

func ExampleDecodeTransaction() {
	data := "rqN6LeOagjxMaUP96Bzfs9e0corNZXzBWJkFoK7kvkwAAAAKAAAAAwAAAAEAAAAAAAA" +
		"AAAAAC+vCAAAAAAa6jei0gQGmrUfm+o2CMv/w32YzJgGYlmgG6CUW3FwyD6AZ/5TtPZ" +

	rawr := strings.NewReader(data)
	b64r := base64.NewDecoder(base64.StdEncoding, rawr)

	var tx xdr.TransactionEnvelope
	bytesRead, err := xdr.Unmarshal(b64r, &tx)

	fmt.Printf("read %d bytes\n", bytesRead)

	if err != nil {

	fmt.Printf("This tx has %d operations\n", len(tx.Tx.Operations))
	// Output: read 180 bytes
	// This tx has 1 operations

Now, the low-level creation of a TransactionEnvelope:

// ExampleLowLevelTransaction creates and signs a simple transaction, and then
// encodes it into a hex string capable of being submitted to stellar-core.
// It uses the low-level xdr facilities to create the transaction.
func ExampleLowLevelTransaction() {
	spub, spriv, err := GenerateKeyFromSeed("SDOTALIMPAM2IV65IOZA7KZL7XWZI5BODFXTRVLIHLQZQCKK57PH5F3H")

	if err != nil {

	dpub, _, err := GenerateKeyFromSeed("sfkPCKA6XgaeHZH3NE57i3QrjVcw61c1noWQCgnHa6KJP2BrbXD")

	if err != nil {

	op := xdr.PaymentOp{
		Destination: dpub.KeyData(),
		Currency:    xdr.NewCurrencyCurrencyTypeNative(),
		Amount:      50 * 10000000,

	tx := xdr.Transaction{
		SourceAccount: spub.KeyData(),
		Fee:           10,
		SeqNum:        xdr.SequenceNumber(1),
		Memo:          xdr.NewMemoMemoNone(),
		Operations: []xdr.Operation{
			{Body: xdr.NewOperationBodyPayment(op)},

	var txBytes bytes.Buffer
	_, err = xdr.Marshal(&txBytes, tx)
	if err != nil {

	txHash := Hash(txBytes.Bytes())
	signature := spriv.Sign(txHash[:])

	ds := xdr.DecoratedSignature{
		Hint:      spriv.Hint(),
		Signature: xdr.Uint512(signature),

	txe := xdr.TransactionEnvelope{
		Tx:         tx,
		Signatures: []xdr.DecoratedSignature{ds},

	var txeBytes bytes.Buffer
	_, err = xdr.Marshal(&txeBytes, txe)
	if err != nil {

	txeHex := hex.EncodeToString(txeBytes.Bytes())

	fmt.Printf("tx hex: %s", txeHex)
	// Output: tx hex: 3658fe7598d20c7a6de3297f84bc52bd2a1ec8c0f1f6c5b41cc1c7571b4331f00000000a000000000000000100000000000000000000000100000000000000012d24692ed08bbf679ba199448870d2191e876fecd92fdd9f6d274da4e6de134100000000000000001dcd650000000001dd302d0c0cee527cf02f6a0aec6916966298712914c63e3c57de74a6e27c29ea234a555fcc36533417afe4e1147815a42529fbca3429bc7caf0a06dc6b383ca6e9d4d80f


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go-stellar-base is licensed under an Apache-2.0 license. See the LICENSE file for details.