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cometbft-rpc contains the core types returned by a CometBFT node's RPC endpoint. All networking related features are feature guarded to keep the dependencies small in cases where only the core types are needed

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0.1.0-alpha.2 Jan 27, 2024

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A Rust implementation of the core types returned by a CometBFT node's RPC endpoint. These can be used to deserialize JSON-RPC responses.

All networking related features will be feature guarded to keep the dependencies small in cases where only the core types are needed.


See documentation on crates.io.


This crate optionally provides access to different types of RPC client functionality and different client transports based on which features you select when using it.

Several client-related features are provided at present:

  • http-client - Provides HttpClient, which is a basic RPC client that interacts with remote CometBFT nodes via JSON-RPC over HTTP or HTTPS. This client does not provide Event subscription functionality. See the CometBFT RPC for more details.
  • websocket-client - Provides WebSocketClient, which provides full client functionality, including general RPC functionality as well as Event] subscription functionality. Can be used over secure (wss://) and unsecure (ws://) connections.


A cometbft-rpc console application is provided for testing/experimentation purposes. To build this application:

# From the cometbft-rpc crate's directory
cd rpc
cargo build --bin cometbft-rpc --features cli

# To run directly and show usage information
cargo run --bin cometbft-rpc --features cli -- --help

# To install the binary to your Cargo binaries path
# (should be globally accessible)
cargo install --bin cometbft-rpc --features cli --path .

The application sends its logs to stderr and its output to stdout, so it's relatively easy to capture RPC output.

Usage examples: (assuming you've installed the binary)

# Check which RPC commands/endpoints are supported.
cometbft-rpc --help

# Query the status of the CometBFT node bound to tcp://
cometbft-rpc status

# Submit a transaction to the key/value store ABCI app via a CometBFT node
# bound to tcp://
cometbft-rpc broadcast-tx-async somekey=somevalue

# Query the value associated with key "somekey" (still assuming a key/value
# store ABCI app)
cometbft-rpc abci-query somekey

# To use an HTTP/S proxy to access your RPC endpoint
cometbft-rpc --proxy-url http://yourproxy:8080 abci-query somekey

# To set your HTTP/S proxy for multiple subsequent queries
export HTTP_PROXY=http://yourproxy:8080
cometbft-rpc abci-query somekey

# Subscribe to receive new blocks (must use the WebSocket endpoint)
# Prints out all incoming events
cometbft-rpc -u ws:// subscribe "tm.event='NewBlock'"

# If you want to execute a number of queries against a specific endpoint and
# don't feel like re-typing the URL over and over again, just set the
# COMETBFT_RPC_URL environment variable
export COMETBFT_RPC_URL=ws://
cometbft-rpc subscribe "tm.event='Tx'"

Mock Clients

Mock clients are included when either of the http-client or websocket-client features are enabled to aid in testing. This includes MockClient, which implements both Client and SubscriptionClient traits.


The RPC types are directly tested through the integration tests. These tests use fixtures taken from running CometBFT nodes to ensure compatibility without needing access to a running node during testing. All of these fixtures were generated manually, and automatic regeneration of the fixtures is on our roadmap.

To run these tests locally:

# From within the rpc crate
cargo test --all-features

The RPC client is also indirectly tested through the CometBFT integration tests, which happens during CI. All of these tests require a running CometBFT node, and are therefore ignored by default. To run these tests locally:

# In one terminal, spin up a CometBFT node
docker pull cometbft/cometbft:latest
docker run -it --rm -v "/tmp/cometbft:/cometbft" \
    cometbft/cometbft init
docker run -it --rm -v "/tmp/cometbft:/cometbft" \
    -p 26657:26657 \
    cometbft/cometbft node --proxy_app=kvstore

# In another terminal, run the ignored CometBFT tests to connect to the node
# running at tcp://
cd ../cometbft
cargo test --all-features -- --ignored


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