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Version: testnet (v0.69)

Using the APIs

Resources: Development

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There are a number of ways to interact with Vega through APIs and Ethereum bridge contracts, and below you can learn more about the reference documentation and tutorials that are currently available.

As most of the APIs are designed to use for trading-related queries, the best place to try them out is on the testnet network, also known as Fairground.


Tutorials provide the information you'll need about the protocol to understand and use the guide, as well as instructions on how to interact with scripts, API calls, or other code.

Tutorials: See the tutorial(s) currently available for this network.

Ethereum bridges

You can also interact with the Ethereum smart contracts, which allow for bridging between Vega and Ethereum.

Smart contracts overview: Start exploring the bridge.

Vega Wallet API to connect a wallet

If you're looking to integrate a dApp, website, or bots with the Vega Wallet, you'll need to use a wallet API. The wallet is also how you authenticate and send transactions to the network. If you're looking to use the API to programmatically interact with the network for your own transactions, you'll need to get a Vega Wallet.

The Wallet API (in alpha) uses JSON-RPC with an HTTP wrapper.

REST for learning the APIs

REST is the ubiquitous protocol for the web. Vega has four REST endpoints: two are served by core nodes, and two are served by data nodes. REST is fairly easy to get started with, and Vega supports nearly all the functionality provided by gRPC and GraphQL on the REST APIs. Note: REST does not support streaming.

REST overview: Read more about data and core node APIs.

  • Core network state: Get basic information about the network, such as 'block height' and 'Vega time'.
  • Core state: Get lists of state about the internal Vega system, such as 'list accounts', 'list parties.
  • Data node (v2): Get historic information and cumulative data, such as 'governance data for all proposals'. v2 is receiving active development.
  • Block explorer: Get information about blocks created on the Vega network.

GraphQL for web apps

If you’re writing a web app, GraphQL is flexible and allows efficient data retrieval. Like gRPC, GraphQL supports near real time streaming of updates from Vega. It uses websockets under the hood but follows the specification for streaming as set by GraphQL.

GraphQL overview: See what GraphQL covers.

GraphQL Playground: Try out GraphQL queries.

gRPC for fast interactions

gRPC provides fast and efficient communication with Vega’s APIs. gRPC supports near real time streaming of updates from Vega. gRPC/Protobuf is the transport of choice for many web3 apps.

gRPC: Explore the gRPC reference documentation.

  • Core state: Get lists of state about the internal Vega system, such as 'list accounts', 'list parties.
  • Commands: Get all transaction types you can submit to the network.
  • Data: Interact with all data that the data nodes store, including trading data, interactions between the network and Ethereum, and governance.