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Basic Examples

Creating a payment transaction

The js-stellar-sdk exposes the TransactionBuilder class from js-stellar-base. There are more examples of building transactions here. All those examples can be signed and submitted to Stellar in a similar manner as is done below.

In this example, the destination account must exist. The example is written using modern Javascript, but await calls can also be rendered with promises.

// Create, sign, and submit a transaction using JS Stellar SDK.

// Assumes that you have the following items:
// 1. Secret key of a funded account to be the source account
// 2. Public key of an existing account as a recipient
//    These two keys can be created and funded by the friendbot at
// under the heading "Quick Start: Test Account"
// 3. Access to JS Stellar SDK (
//    either through Node.js or in the browser.

// This code can be run in the browser at
// That site exposes a global StellarSdk object you can use.
// To run this code in the Chrome, open the console tab in the DevTools.
// The hotkey to open the DevTools console is Ctrl+Shift+J or (Cmd+Opt+J on Mac).
const StellarSdk = require('stellar-sdk');

// The source account is the account we will be signing and sending from.

// Derive Keypair object and public key (that starts with a G) from the secret
const sourceKeypair = StellarSdk.Keypair.fromSecret(sourceSecretKey);
const sourcePublicKey = sourceKeypair.publicKey();


// Configure StellarSdk to talk to the horizon instance hosted by
// To use the live network, set the hostname to ''
const server = new StellarSdk.Server('');

(async function main() {
  // Transactions require a valid sequence number that is specific to this account.
  // We can fetch the current sequence number for the source account from Horizon.
  const account = await server.loadAccount(sourcePublicKey);

  // Right now, there's one function that fetches the base fee.
  // In the future, we'll have functions that are smarter about suggesting fees,
  // e.g.: `fetchCheapFee`, `fetchAverageFee`, `fetchPriorityFee`, etc.
  const fee = await server.fetchBaseFee();

  const transaction = new StellarSdk.TransactionBuilder(account, {
      // Uncomment the following line to build transactions for the live network. Be
      // sure to also change the horizon hostname.
      // networkPassphrase: StellarSdk.Networks.PUBLIC,
      networkPassphrase: StellarSdk.Networks.TESTNET
    // Add a payment operation to the transaction
      destination: receiverPublicKey,
      // The term native asset refers to lumens
      asset: StellarSdk.Asset.native(),
      // Specify 350.1234567 lumens. Lumens are divisible to seven digits past
      // the decimal. They are represented in JS Stellar SDK in string format
      // to avoid errors from the use of the JavaScript Number data structure.
      amount: '350.1234567',
    // Make this transaction valid for the next 30 seconds only
    // Uncomment to add a memo (
    // .addMemo(StellarSdk.Memo.text('Hello world!'))

  // Sign this transaction with the secret key
  // NOTE: signing is transaction is network specific. Test network transactions
  // won't work in the public network. To switch networks, use the Network object
  // as explained above (look for StellarSdk.Network).

  // Let's see the XDR (encoded in base64) of the transaction we just built

  // Submit the transaction to the Horizon server. The Horizon server will then
  // submit the transaction into the network for us.
  try {
    const transactionResult = await server.submitTransaction(transaction);
    console.log(JSON.stringify(transactionResult, null, 2));
    console.log('\nSuccess! View the transaction at: ');
  } catch (e) {
    console.log('An error has occured:');

Loading an account's transaction history

Let's say you want to look at an account's transaction history. You can use the transactions() command and pass in the account address to forAccount as the resource you're interested in.

const StellarSdk = require('stellar-sdk')
const server = new StellarSdk.Server('');

    .then(function (page) {
        console.log('Page 1: ');
    .then(function (page) {
        console.log('Page 2: ');
    .catch(function (err) {

Streaming payment events

js-stellar-sdk provides streaming support for Horizon endpoints using EventSource. You can pass a function to handle any events that occur on the stream.

Try submitting a transaction (via the guide above) while running the following code example.

const StellarSdk = require('stellar-sdk')
const server = new StellarSdk.Server('');

// Get a message any time a payment occurs. Cursor is set to "now" to be notified
// of payments happening starting from when this script runs (as opposed to from
// the beginning of time).
const es = server.payments()
    onmessage: function (message) {

For more on streaming events, please check out the Horizon documentation and this guide to server-sent events.