State Delta Subscriptions via Web Sockets

As transactions are committed to Scabbard, an app developer may be interested in receiving events related to the changes in state that result. These events, StateDeltaEvents, include information about the advance of the distributed ledger, as well as state changes that can be limited to specific address spaces in the global state.

An application can subscribe to receive these events via a web socket, provided by the REST API component.

Opening a Web Socket

The application developer must first open a web socket.

Connect to the websocket at the following URL:

  • circuit_id - The circuit’s id. Example: cnUMd-6YXUV
  • service_id - The service id. Example: gsAA
  • last_event_id - (optional) The event id to start streaming from. If none is provided, the node will send all events for the circuit, starting from the first.

And send the following headers:

Authorization: Bearer Cylinder: {token}
SplinterProtocolVersion: {version}
  • token - The Cylinder auth token. See: Cylinder JWT authentication
  • version - (optional) The SplinterProtocolVersion supported by the client. If not provided, the node will respond with the latest protocol version. Example: 2


Once subscribed, the web socket will receive events. Each event is a string encoded as JSON, which looks like the following:

  "id": "f62b978a8836013b6ceaac8331a7f720ddd837de7333ae14ab0f4adad445118574735afeeea1f98a51254d8750f1769fc18d6c638963af7f66c5b5086545fba1",
  "state_changes": [
      "Set": {
        "key": "00ec00ebfd680ea8abffc272049e01409cda9efec943f4ddca0263897e715913a04705",
        "value": [
	  /* ... */

Each entry type is either Set or Delete. In the case of Set the value is an array of bytes. In the case of Delete, only the address is provided. If you are using a transaction family that supports deletes, you'll need to keep track of values via address, as well.


To unsubscribe, you can close the web socket.