Using the Javascript Library


Welcome to the requestNetwork.js documentation! requestNetwork.js is a Javascript library for interacting with the Request Network protocol. Using the library you can create new requests from your applications, pay them, consult them or update them from your own off-chain applications.


Using NPM

npm install @requestnetwork/request-network.js --save

Using Yarn

yarn add @requestnetwork/request-network.js

(We are currently working on retrieving the name of requestnetwork.js)


const RequestNetwork = require('@requestnetwork/request-network.js');
const Web3 = require('Web3');
const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider('http://localhost:8545'));
const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork.default({
provider: web3.currentProvider,
ethNetworkId: 10000000000,
useIpfsPublic: false,
async function testPay() {
const [payeeAddress, payerAddress] = await web3.eth.getAccounts();
// Create a request as payer
const payerInfo = {
idAddress: payerAddress,
refundAddress: payerAddress,
const payeesInfo = [{
idAddress: payeeAddress,
paymentAddress: payeeAddress,
expectedAmount: web3.utils.toWei('1.5', 'ether'),
const { request } = await requestNetwork.createRequest(
// Pay a request
await[web3.utils.toWei('1.5', 'ether')], [0], { from: payerAddress });
// The balance is the same amount as the the expected amount: the request is paid
const data = await request.getData();

Importing and Initializing

Using import

import RequestNetwork, { Types } from '@requestnetwork/request-network.js';
const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork({ provider, ethNetworkId });

Using require

const RequestNetwork = require('@requestnetwork/request-network.js');
const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork.default({ provider, ethNetworkId });
const Types = RequestNetwork.Types;

The parameter for the constructor (all optional) are

  • provider: Web3.js Provider instance an url as string

  • ethNetworkId: the Ethereum network ID (1: main, 2: morden, 3: ropsen, 4: rinkeby, 42: kovan, other: private)

  • bitcoinNetworkId: the Bitcoin network ID

  • useIpfsPublic: false to use a private ipfs network

  • ipfsCustomNode: define a custom ipfs node like {host, port, protocol}, if given with useIpfsPublic will throw an error


Create a Request

const { request } = await requestNetwork.createRequest(
idAddress: '0xc157274276a4e59974cca11b590b9447b26a8051',
paymentAddress: '0xc157274276a4e59974cca11b590b9447b26a8051',
additional: 5,
expectedAmount: 100,
idAddress: '0x014fcc05c76687456e569561ae9956c0ec0ec223',
refundAddress: '0x014fcc05c76687456e569561ae9956c0ec0ec223',

Use the currency parameter to choose the currency of the request.

Note: in local and rinkeby, REQ is the only ERC20 available. (see how to get test token on rinkeby)

Retrieve a Request from its ID

const request = await requestNetwork.fromRequestId(requestId);

Pay a Request

await[web3.utils.toWei('1.5', 'ether')]);

For example for Requests in ETH, the amounts are in wei. An amount of 100 will be 100 wei. An amount of 0.1 will be rounded down to 0 wei.

Note: the payment with ERC20 require an allowance (see payment with ERC20)

Create and Pay a Request

Payers can create and pay a request at once:

const { request } = await requestNetwork.createRequest(
idAddress: '0xc157274276a4e59974cca11b590b9447b26a8051',
paymentAddress: '0xc157274276a4e59974cca11b590b9447b26a8051',
additional: 5,
expectedAmount: 100,
amountToPayAtCreation: 100,
idAddress: '0x014fcc05c76687456e569561ae9956c0ec0ec223',
refundAddress: '0x014fcc05c76687456e569561ae9956c0ec0ec223',

Note the amountToPayAtCreation property in the array of payees.

Note: the payment with ERC20 require an allowance (see payment with ERC20)

Get information about a request

Instances of the Request class hold minimal and constant values like the requestId and the currency:


Other data of a request (like payer, payee, balance) should be retrieved with getData():

await request.getData();

A request should be considered paid when the balance is greater or equal to the expected amount.

Increase the expected payment amounts (ex: tips)

await request.increaseExpectedAmounts([web3.utils.toWei('.05', 'ether')]);

Reduce the expected payment amounts (ex: discounts)

await request.reduceExpectedAmounts([web3.utils.toWei('.05', 'ether')]);

Refund a Request

await request.refund(web3.utils.toWei('1.5', 'ether'));

Accept a Request

await request.accept();

Cancel a Request

await request.cancel();

Signed Requests

Sign a request

const signedRequest = await requestNetwork.createSignedRequest(
payeesInfo, + 3600*1000

Retrieve from a serialized signed request

import { SignedRequest } from '@requestnetwork/request-network.js';
const signedRequest = new SignedRequest(signedRequestData);

Broadcast a signed request

const { request } = await requestNetwork.broadcastSignedRequest(signedRequest, payerInfo);

The payer is necessary to broadcast the signed request

Check a signed request


The payer is necessary to validate the signed request

Broadcasted events

await[web3.utils.toWei('1.5', 'ether')]).on('broadcasted', () => {});

Payment with ERC20

To pay a ERC20 request, the payer needs to authorize the request smart contract to make a token transfer on their behalf. It's called an allowance, see for more information.

To do this allowance, you can use one of the two methods offered by the library:

// make an allowance for a request from requestId
await requestNetwork.requestERC20Service.approveTokenForRequest(requestId, 1000000);
// make an alowance for a signed request
await requestNetwork.requestERC20Service.approveTokenForSignedRequest(signedRequest, 1000000);

Get ERC20 test token on rinkeby

On rinkeby, we use a special token to emulate the REQ token: the Central Bank Token (CTBK). You can get some by calling the function mint(). Then you can test the ERC20 requests on Rinkeby using the currency REQ.

Accessing the internal services

For advanced use, it is possible to access the internal layers of the library:

const requestNetwork = new RequestNetwork();
await requestNetwork.requestEthereumService.accept(requestId);