A system of creating isolated Stellar test networks into which you can play transactions and record results.
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A helper gem for scripting a stellar-core. This gem provides a system of creating isolated test networks into which you can play transactions and record results.

The motivation for this project comes from the testing needs of horizon. Horizon uses scc to record the various testing scenarios that its suite uses.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'stellar_core_commander'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install stellar_core_commander

Assumptions about environment

At present scc makes a few assumptions about the environment it runs in that you should be aware. In the event that your own environment differs from the below assumptions, scc will definitely break.

  1. Postgresql is installed locally and pg_dump, createdb and dropdb are available on your PATH
  2. The which command is available on your system.
  3. Postgresql is running and the current user has passwordless access to it. Running psql postgres -c "\l" should confirm you're setup correctly.
  4. Your current user has access to create and drop postgres databases. Test using: createdb foobar && dropdb foobar
  5. A working stellar-core binary is available on your path (or specified using the --stellar-core-bin flag)
  6. Your system has libsodium installed

Usage As Command Line Tool

Installing stellar_core_commander installs the command line tool scc. scc takes a recipe file, spins up a test network, plays the defined transactions against it, then dumps the ledger database to stdout. scc's usage is like so:

$ scc -r my_recipe.rb > out.sql

The above command will play the recipe written in my_recipe.rb, verify that all transactions within the recipe have succeeded, then dump the ledger database to out.sql

Usage as a Library


Writing Recipes

The heart of scc is a recipe, which is just a ruby script that executes in a context that makes it easy to play transactions against the isolated test network. Lets look at a simple recipe:

account :scott
payment :master, :scott, [:native, 1000_000000]

Let's look at each statement in turn. account :scott declares a new unfunded account and binds it to the name :scott, which we will use in the next statement.

The next statement is more complex: payment :master, :scott, [:native, 1000_000000]. This statement encodes "Send 1000 lumens from the :master account to the :scott account".

:master (sometimes also called the "root" account) is a special account that is created when a new ledger is initialized. We often use it in our recipes to fund other accounts, since in a ledgers initial state the :master account has all 100 billion lumen.

Recipe Reference

All recipe execute within the context of a StellarCoreCommander::Transactor. See the code for all available methods.

Example Recipes

See examples.


  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/[my-github-username]/stellar_core_commander/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request