Installation and usage of the platform

Precise platform configuration: gRPC and REST API authorization

Authorization is necessary to provide access to the gRPC and REST API tools of a node. For this purpose, the Waves Enterprise blockchain platform supports two types of authorization:

  • api-key string hash authorization;

  • JWT token (oAuth 2) authorization.


Authorization by api-key hash is a simple means of accessing a node, but the security level of this authorization method is relatively low. An intruder can gain access to a node if the string api-key reaches him. If you want to improve security of your network, we recommend using JWT token authentication via an authorization service.

The auth section of the node configuration file is used to configure authorization.

type = "api-key"

Authorization by hash of the key string api-key is used in the default node. When selecting the authorization method by hash of the key string api-key the section auth contains the following parameters:

auth {
  type = "api-key"

  # Hash of API key string
  api-key-hash = "G3PZAsY6EA8esgpKxB2UYTQJZJPzc14gLnNbm2xvcDf6"

  # Hash of API key string for PrivacyApi routes
  privacy-api-key-hash = "G3PZAsY6EA8esgpKxB2UYTQJZJPzc14gLnNbm2xvcDf6"
  • api-key-hash - hash from the REST API access key string.

  • privacy-api-key-hash - hash from the key string to access privacy methods.

To fill these parameters you will need the ApiKeyHash utility from the generators-x.x.x.jar package, which you can download from the official Waves Enterprise repository on GitHub, selecting the platform version you use.

Place this file in the root folder of the platform and also create a file api-key-hash.conf:

apikeyhash-generator {
  waves-crypto = yes
  api-key = "some string for api-key"

In this file, enter the string that you want to hash and use for authorization in the api-key parameter.

Enter the finished file api-key-hash.conf as an argument when you run the ApiKeyHash utility of the generators package:

java -jar generators-x.x.x.jar ApiKeyHash api-key-hash.conf

Output example:

Api key: some string for api-key
Api key hash: G3PZAsY6EA8esgpKxB2UYTQJZJPzc14gLnNbm2xvcDf6

2021-02-11 16:31:21,586 INFO  [main] c.w.g.ApiKeyHashGenerator$ - Generator done

Specify the resulting Api key hash value in the api-key-hash and privacy-api-key-hash parameters in the auth section of the node configuration file as indicated above.

type = "oauth2"

When selecting authorization by JWT-token, the auth section of the node configuration file looks like this:

auth {
  type: "oauth2"
  public-key: "AuthorizationServicePublicKeyInBase64"

The public key for oAuth is generated during the initial deployment of the node. It is located in the file ./auth-service-keys/ Copy the line between -----BEGIN PUBLIC KEY----- and -----END PUBLIC KEY----- and paste it as the public-key parameter of the auth section of the node configuration file.


The REST API and gRPC interfaces use the same api-key for authorization by key string and public-key for authorization by JWT-token.

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