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A guide to help developers integrate Ergo.

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Getting Started#

Here are some quick facts about Ergo that are useful to know;

  • like Bitcoin, a transaction in Ergo has multiple inputs and outputs. Unspent outputs are single-use entities. However, Ergo is built from scratch; thus, scripts and transaction formats differ.
  • Just like Bitcoin, there are some standard scripts in Ergo associated with addresses, e.g. P2PK addresses. Read more here on the address scheme
  • Rather than storing a single amount (like BTC), an ergo eutxo box has some registers to store arbitrary values, like its native tokens. So, each box has an ERG amount and may or may not have a bunch of {tokenid, token amount} pairs, all in the UTXO model.
  • Ergo has an inbuilt wallet API which is enough for most use cases. API has a Swagger interface on by default in the mainnet (9052 on testnet).
  • See the full guide on setting How to set up a node and the associated troubleshooting page.

Node Wallet#

Main methods:

  • /wallet/init to create a wallet (and a secret mnemonic)
  • /wallet/restore to restore a wallet from mnemonic
  • /wallet/unlock to unlock the wallet (unlocked after init but locked after restart). You have to unlock it before signing transactions
  • /wallet/lock to lock the wallet
  • /wallet/payment/send to send a simple payment
  • /wallet/status to get wallet status
  • /wallet/deriveNextKey to derive a new key according to EIP-3 (BIP 44 implementation for Ergo)
  • /wallet/balances to get the wallet balance (for all the addresses)
  • /wallet/transactions to get wallet transactions (for all the addresses)

Creating an external wallet.#

If you plan to perform your wallet logic externally, you can do so with a library and the block explorer.

Please note, you will need to consider mempool transactions to avoid double-spending generation.

Available libraries are:

Offline Signing#

Address generation#

Secret seed and derived addresses generation demo using ergo-wallet and Java is provided in

You can use the /wallet/deriveNextKey API to generate new addresses in the same wallet.

curl -X GET "http://localhost:9053/wallet/deriveNextKey" -H  "accept: application/json" -H  "api_key: hello"

Address validation#

For an exchange, you can restrict people to only withdraw to P2PK addresses and invalidate any other address. Supporting other types is not recommended. See [] for more information on the types of addresses.

ergo-simple-addresses contains a few zero-dependencies Java-friendly utils for working with addresses.

Composing transactions outside the node#

To get unspent UTXOs for some address, please use transactions/boxes/byAddress/unspent Explorer API method: 

It would be best if you excluded UTXOs spent in the mempool. Use /transactions/unconfirmed/byAddress Explorer API method for that:

Broadcasting transaction#

To broadcast a transaction made outside the node, the easiest way is to serialize it into JSON; in Java, it could be like this:

Json json = JsonCodecsWrapper.ergoLikeTransactionEncoder().apply(tx);

And then, send this JSON via a POST request to the public Explorer.*

your private Explorer or a node with open API (POST to http://{node_ip}:9053/transactions )



There is a public explorer hosted at

You can use ergo-bootstrap to easily install the Explorer backend (and not rely on public ones).


See this page for information on the public testnets.


Dust Collection#

Please collect dust from miners' deposits periodically (which creates many small UTXOs).

Ergo is based on the extended-UTXO model. A side-effect of UTXOs is a term coined dust. Dust refers to fractional values of ERG and is usually below the protocol fee; miner wallets are prone to becoming dusty with the stream of rewards coming into their wallet. All these excess UTXOs can cause a slowdown and ultimately impact your node functionality. This is important to set up for big exchanges that will receive a lot of mining traffic. You must collect dust aggressively; new dust arrives all the time for miners

To solve

  • Get utxos from /wallet/boxes/unspent with min number of confirmations
  • Get their ids and total sum
  • Get their binary representations of utxos via /utxo/byIdBinary/{boxId}

Finally, construct the payment transaction like this:

  "requests": [
      "address": "3WwbzW6u8hKWBcL1W7kNVMr25s2UHfSBnYtwSHvrRQt7DdPuoXrt",
      "value": 10000000000
  "fee": 1000000,
  "inputsRaw": [
    "utxo1", "utxo2"
  "dataInputsRaw": [

and post to /wallet/transaction/send

Set value and fee accordingly, value + fee = total sum of utxos

You can query with specific parameters like this,

curl -X GET "" -H  "accept: application/json" -H  "api_key: hello"

Another (and simple) way to collect is to set

ergo {
 wallet {
   maxInputs = 300 
   optimalInputs = 100

And send 1 ERG to the change address; however, the node will attach 100 dust inputs (so send any large amounts of change to the change address as well)

Failed to sign boxes#

This error can occur due to too many inputs being collected in a transaction for dusty wallets.

Failed to sign boxes due to Estimated execution cost 1001580 exceeds the limit 1000000: Vector(ErgoBox(0275eb3a125bc02fe997cb98c0de8131bd9b2e4617110d

Native Asssets#

In the case of large airdrops, many users mistakenly end up putting exchange addresses to receive native assets. An auto-burn method will be in future versions of the node to reduce the manual component of this task. See this Issue for more information.

Send the following request via /wallet/payment/send, replacing the tokenId with the IDs from the tokens spamming your wallets.

    "address": "4MQyMKvMbnCJG3aJ",
    "value": 100000000,
    "assets": [

Tokens with Value#

  • SigUSD ($1): 472c3d4ecaa08fb7392ff041ee2e6af75f4a558810a74b28600549d5392810e8
  • SigRSV
  • ergopad
  • NETA
  • LunaDog
  • Erdoge


Are P2S and P2SH two address formats for the same script?

It can be. So you can create a p2s and a p2sh address from the same script. In p2s, the script is serialized into the Address; in p2sh, you only have a hash of that serialized script.

Will there be any problems with supporting addresses other than P2PK?

No problem if the user knows what he is doing, which is not true in many cases. It also adds more complexity. Especially for p2s Addresses since you cannot validate the input size in your form.

ergoTree<->address related conversions

When you use appkit, Address.create() takes the address string. You can get the ergotree from the resulting object.

Some transactions don't seem to pay fees?

Fees are not part of the core protocol, but if you miss them, the transaction won't be propagated around the network by default.

What is the generation algorithm of boxid?

It is a hash of the box contents.

See the code in AppKit

Bytes are unique as the box contains - The id of the parent transaction, - the output position in the transaction - a unique transaction id.