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Getting Started

First, you need to install the beacon-sdk package.

npm install --save @airgap/beacon-sdk

After that you need to import the Beacon SDK in your code and initialize the WalletClient.

The beacon-sdk will automatically establish a connection and listen to all Beacon messages.


The RPC URL that is provided by the dApp can be an insecure http:// connection. The reason for this is because it allows for easy development with a local node, without setting up a local SSL certificate.

Especially the wallet should care about this and potentially show a warning to the user if the RPC URL is not a secure https:// URL.

import {
} from "@airgap/beacon-sdk";

const connectApp = async (): Promise<void> => {
// Only ONE WalletClient should be created and reused everywhere.
const client = new WalletClient({ name: "My Wallet" });
await client.init(); // Establish P2P connection

.connect(async (message) => {
console.log("beacon message", message);

let response: BeaconResponseInputMessage;
switch (message.type) {
case BeaconMessageType.PermissionRequest:
// Prompt user for permissions. If multiple accounts are available, let user choose one of them

response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.PermissionResponse,
network:, // Use the same network that the user requested
scopes: message.scopes,

// Optional
// If the user aborts an action at any time, you can send back an error:
response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.Error,
errorType: BeaconErrorType.ABORTED_ERROR,

case BeaconMessageType.SignPayloadRequest:
// Sign message.payload and return signature

response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.SignPayloadResponse,
signingType: message.signingType,
signature: "edsig...",

case BeaconMessageType.OperationRequest:
// Prepare transaction based on the details give in message.operationDetails
// message.operationDetails only contains a partial tezos transaction. Not all fields are mandatory
// The fields that are not present (eg. counter, fee, gas_limit) have to be set by the wallet
// If one of the optional fields is set, then that one should be used and not replaced by the wallet

response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.OperationResponse,
transactionHash: "op...",

// Optional
// If the transaction cannot be prepared, (eg. run_operations fails), an error containing the rpc error can be returned
let error = [
kind: "temporary",
id: "proto.008-PtEdo2Zk.contract.balance_too_low",
contract: "tz1...",
balance: "100",
amount: "200",
]; // RPC error
response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.Error,
errorData: error,

case BeaconMessageType.BroadcastRequest:
response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.OperationResponse,
transactionHash: "op...",

response = {
type: BeaconMessageType.Error,
errorType: BeaconErrorType.ABORTED_ERROR,


.catch((error) => console.error("connect error", error));

connectApp().catch((error) => console.error("connect error", error));

By adding the code above, our app is now ready to receive messages. Now all that is left for us to do is connecting to a dApp.

To establish a connection over the P2P network, a handshake message has to be given from the dApp to the wallet. How this is done depends on the platform. It can be through QR scanning, Deeplinks or Copy-Pasting the handshake message. Once the handshake is received, the new peer has to be added:

const isBeaconMessage: (obj: unknown) => obj is P2PPairingRequest = (
obj: unknown,
): obj is P2PPairingRequest => {
return (
typeof (obj as P2PPairingRequest).name === "string" &&
typeof (obj as P2PPairingRequest).publicKey === "string" &&
typeof (obj as P2PPairingRequest).relayServer === "string"

const handshakeMessage = ""; // This was received from the dApp, eg. through QR scanning or deeplink

const deserialized = await new Serializer().deserialize(handshakeMessage);

if (isBeaconMessage(deserialized)) {
// This will add the peer and establish a connection

That's it, now the dApp and the Wallet are connected.

There are some additional features that the WalletClient provides, such as client.getPermissions() or client.getPeers() to listing all the connected peers and permissions that were granted to dApps.

Using client.removePeer(peer) the wallet can disconnect from a peer. If this is done, the dApp will receive a message that the wallet has disconnected.