DarkFi Testnet User Guide

This document presents a short user guide for the initial DarkFi testnet. In it, we cover basic setup of the darkfid node daemon, initializing a wallet, and interacting with the money contract, which provides infrastructure for payments and atomic swaps.

Since this is still an early phase, we will not be installing any of the software system-wide. Instead, we'll be running all the commands from the git repository, so we're able to easily pull any necessary updates.


Refer to the main README file for instructions on how to install Rust and necessary deps.

Once you have the repository in place, and everything is installed, we can compile the darkfid node and the drk wallet CLI:

$ make darkfid drk

This process will now compile the node and the wallet CLI tool. When finished, we can begin using the network. Run darkfid once so that it spawns its config file on your system. This config file will be used by darkfid in order to configure itself. The defaults are already preset for using the testnet network.

$ ./darkfid
Config file created in "~/.config/darkfi/darkfid_config.toml". Please review it and try again.


Once that's in place, you can run it again and darkfid will start, create necessary keys for validation of blocks and transactions, and begin syncing the blockchain. Keep it running, and you should see a Blockchain is synced! message after some time.

$ ./darkfid

Now it's time to initialize your wallet. For this we use a separate wallet CLI which is created to interface with the smart contract used for payments and swaps.

We simply have to initialize a wallet, and create a keypair:

$ ./drk wallet --initialize
$ ./drk wallet --keygen

The second command will print out your new DarkFi address where you can receive payments. Take note of it. Alternatively, you can always retrieve it using:

$ ./drk wallet --address

In order to receive incoming coins, you'll need to use the drk tool to subscribe on darkfid so you can receive notifications for incoming blocks. The blocks have to be scanned for transactions, and to find coins that are intended for you. In another terminal, you can run the following commands to first scan the blockchain, and then to subscribe to new blocks:

$ ./drk scan
$ ./drk subscribe

Now you can leave the subscriber running. In case you stop it, just run drk scan again until the chain is fully scanned, and then you should be able to subscribe again.


Now you have your wallet set up. Let's proceed with getting some tokens from the faucet. The testnet has a running faucet which is able to airdrop arbitrary tokens. For example purposes, we'll use the tokens called DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq and BobvfQrDaf32VNhVtX6Adyi3WGfPpPYZPJBn6rnrxHKm

So let's airdrop some of these into our wallet:

$ ./drk airdrop 42.69 DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq
$ ./drk airdrop 13.37 BobvfQrDaf32VNhVtX6Adyi3WGfPpPYZPJBn6rnrxHKm

There is a limit of 100 for testnet airdrops currently.

Note: you have wait some minutes between airdrops since they're rate-limited.

On success, you should see a transaction ID. If successful, the airdrop transactions will how be in the consensus' mempool, waiting for inclusion in the next block. Depending on the network, finalization of the blocks could take some time. You'll have to wait for this to happen. If your drk subscribe is running, then after some time your balance should be in your wallet.


You can check your wallet balance using drk:

$ ./drk wallet --balance


Using the tokens we got, we can make payments to other addresses. Let's try to send some DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq tokens to 8sRwB7AwBTKEkyTW6oMyRoJWZhJwtqGTf7nyHwuJ74pj:

$ ./drk transfer 2.69 DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq \
    8sRwB7AwBTKEkyTW6oMyRoJWZhJwtqGTf7nyHwuJ74pj > payment_tx

The above command will create a transfer transaction and place it into the file called payment_tx. Then we can broadcast this transaction to the network:

$ ./drk broadcast < payment_tx

On success we'll see a transaction ID. Now again the same finalization process has to occur and 8sRwB7AwBTKEkyTW6oMyRoJWZhJwtqGTf7nyHwuJ74pj will receive the tokens you've sent.


We can see the spent coin in our wallet.

$ ./drk wallet --coins

We have to wait until the next block to see our change balance reappear in our wallet.

$ ./drk wallet --balance

Atomic Swaps

In order to do an atomic swap with someone, you will first have to come to consensus on what tokens you wish to swap. For example purposes, let's say you want to swap 40 DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq (which is the balance you should have left over after doing the above payment) for your counterparty's 20 AcABG4fnmBuT5vuXV8TLdEV8panhk5SdtBZxCCLqQxyL.

To protect your anonymity from the counterparty, the swap can only send entire coins. To create a smaller coin denomination, send yourself the amount you want to swap. Then check you have a spendable coin to swap with:

$ ./drk wallet --coins

You'll have to initiate the swap and build your half of the swap tx:

$ ./drk otc init -v 40.0:20.0 \
    -t DARKfZX1utGbz8ZpnvtCH6i46nSDZEEGa5fMnhoubWPq:AcABG4fnmBuT5vuXV8TLdEV8panhk5SdtBZxCCLqQxyL \
    > half_swap

Then you can send this half_swap file to your counterparty and they can create the other half by running:

$ ./drk otc join < half_swap > full_swap

They will sign the full_swap file and send it back to you. Finally, to make the swap transaction valid, you need so sign it as well, and broadcast it:

$ ./drk otc sign < full_swap > signed_swap
$ ./drk broadcast < signed_swap

On success, you should see a transaction ID. This transaction will now also be in the mempool, so you should wait again until it's finalized.


After a while you should see the change in balances in your wallet:

$ ./drk wallet --balance

If you see your counterparty's tokens, that means the swap was successful. In case you still see your old tokens, that could mean that the swap transaction has not yet been finalized.


On the testnet, we are also able to create an anonymous DAO. Using the drk CLI tool, we have a dao subcommand that can perform the necessary operations. Let's create a DAO with the following parameters:

  • Proposer limit: 90
  • Quorum: 10
  • Approval ratio: 0.67
  • Governance token: A7f1RKsCUUHrSXA7a9ogmwg8p3bs6F47ggsW826HD4yd

You can see what these parameters mean with the help command.

$ ./drk help dao create

Lets create our DAO.

$ ./drk dao create 90 10 0.67 A7f1RKsCUUHrSXA7a9ogmwg8p3bs6F47ggsW826HD4yd > dao.dat
$ ./drk dao view < dao.dat

The view command will show us the parameters. If everything looks fine, we can now import it into our wallet:

./drk dao import MiladyMakerDAO < dao.dat
./drk dao list
./drk dao list 1


If parameters are shown, this means the DAO was successfully imported into our wallet. The DAO's index in our wallet is 1, so we'll use that to reference it. Now we can create a transaction that will mint the DAO on-chain, and broadcast it:

./drk dao mint 1 > dao_mint_tx
./drk broadcast < dao_mint_tx

Now the transaction is broadcasted to the network. Wait for it to finalize, and if your drk is subscribed, after finalization you should see a leaf_position and a transaction ID when running dao list 1.

Sending money to the treasury

Let's send some tokens to the DAO's treasury so we're able to make a proposal to send those somewhere. First find the DAO bulla and the DAO public key with dao list and then create a transfer transaction:

$ ./drk dao list 1
$ ./drk transfer 10 BNBZ9YprWvEGMYHW4dFvbLuLfHnN9Bs64zuTFQAbw9Dy \
    6BwyxvNut6jrPaQ5YPcMVgM3nhwNxvdFhVT4CwQHwJgN \
    --dao CvnfwNHGLEL42mpjETtWknt7ZEQhoJCACGZ9rVFscFw4 > dao_transfer
$ ./drk broadcast < dao_transfer

Wait for it to finalize, and if subscribed, you should see the DAO receive the funds:

$ ./drk dao balance 1

Creating a proposal

Now that the DAO has something in their treasury, we can create a proposal to send it somewhere. Let's send 5 of the 10 tokens to our address (we can find that with drk wallet --address).

Since we chose 90 as the governance token proposal limit, let's just airdrop that into our wallet first:

$ ./drk airdrop 90 A7f1RKsCUUHrSXA7a9ogmwg8p3bs6F47ggsW826HD4yd

Then create the proposal:

$ ./drk dao propose 1 ChgNSmpp6pCstPsvYNNT1686fuj1PPobo1C4qWXubr3r \
    5 BNBZ9YprWvEGMYHW4dFvbLuLfHnN9Bs64zuTFQAbw9Dy > proposal_tx
$ ./drk broadcast < proposal_tx

Once finalized and scanned, the proposal should be viewable in the wallet. We can see this with the proposal subcommands:

$ ./drk dao proposals 1
$ ./drk dao proposal 1 1

NOTE: vote & exec is todo, check src/contract/dao/ for code.