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The fabric-contract-api provides the contract interface. a high level API for application developers to implement Smart Contracts. Within Hyperledger Fabric, Smart Contracts are also known as Chaincode. Working with this API provides a high level entry point to writing business logic.

The fabric-shim provides the chaincode interface, a lower level API for implementing "Smart Contracts". It also provides the implementation to support communication with Hyperledger Fabric peers for Smart Contracts written using the fabric-contract-api together with the fabric-chaincode-node cli to launch Chaincode or Smart Contracts.

To confirm that the fabric-shim maintains API and functional compatibility with previous versions of Hyperledger Fabric.

Detailed explanation on the concept and programming model can be found here:

API documentation versions

Release 1.3 | Release 1.2 | Release 1.1 | Master branch

Release Notes

Please read the Release Notes for the 1.4 release.

Contract Interface


npm install --save fabric-contract-api


Implement a class that ends the contract class, a constructor is needed. The other functions will be invokable functions of your Smart Contract

// updatevalues.js
'use strict';

// SDK Library to asset with writing the logic
const { Contract } = require('fabric-contract-api');

// Business logic (well just util but still it's general purpose logic)
const util = require('util');

 * Support the Updating of values within the SmartContract
class UpdateValuesContract extends Contract


	async transactionA(ctx, newValue) {
		// retrieve existing chaincode states
		let oldValue = await ctx.stub.getState(key);

		await ctx.stub.putState(key, Buffer.from(newValue));

		return Buffer.from(newValue.toString());

	async transactionB(ctx) {
	  //  .....


module.exports = UpdateValuesContract

As with standard node modules make sure that this class is exported as follows.

// index.js
'use strict';

const UpdateValues = require('./updatevalues')
module.exports.contracts = ['UpdateValues'];

Note: In order to make this contract runnable in version 1.4, also install the fabric-shim module as below, and ensure that the 'start' script in package.json refers to fabric-chaincode-node

  "scripts": {
	"start": "fabric-chaincode-node start"

Chaincode Interface


npm install --save fabric-shim


The chaincode interface contains two methods to be implemented:

const shim = require('fabric-shim');

const Chaincode = class {
	async Init(stub) {
		// use the instantiate input arguments to decide initial chaincode state values

		// save the initial states
		await stub.putState(key, Buffer.from(aStringValue));

		return shim.success(Buffer.from('Initialized Successfully!'));

	async Invoke(stub) {
		// use the invoke input arguments to decide intended changes

		// retrieve existing chaincode states
		let oldValue = await stub.getState(key);

		// calculate new state values and saves them
		let newValue = oldValue + delta;
		await stub.putState(key, Buffer.from(newValue));

		return shim.success(Buffer.from(newValue.toString()));

Start the chaincode process and listen for incoming endorsement requests:

shim.start(new Chaincode());

API Reference

Visit and click on "Classes" link in the navigation bar on the top to view the list of class APIs.


Tested with node.js 8.9.0 (LTS).


This package is distributed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, see LICENSE.txt for more information.