JavaScript Console

The Gqdc JavaScript console exposes the full web3 JavaScript Dapp API and further administrative APIs.

Interactive Use: The Console

The gqdc JavaScript console is started with the console or attach gqdc sub-commands. The console subcommands starts the gqdc node and then opens the console. The attach subcommand attaches to the console to an already-running gqdc instance.

gqdc console
gqdc attach

Attach mode accepts an endpoint in case the gqdc node is running with a non default ipc endpoint or you would like to connect over the rpc interface.

gqdc attach /some/custom/gqdc.ipc
gqdc attach
gqdc attach ws://

Note that by default the gqdc node doesn’t start the HTTP and WebSocket servers and not all functionality is provided over these interfaces for security reasons. These defaults can be overridden with the --http.api and --ws.api arguments when the gqdc node is started, or with admin.startRPC and admin.startWS.

If you need log information, start with:

gqdc console --verbosity 5 2>> /tmp/gqdc.log

Otherwise mute your logs, so that it does not pollute your console:

gqdc console 2> /dev/null

Gqdc has support to load custom JavaScript files into the console through the --preload option. This can be used to load often used functions, or to setup web3 contract objects.

gqdc console --preload "/my/scripts/folder/utils.js,/my/scripts/folder/contracts.js"

Non-interactive Use: Script Mode

It’s also possible to execute files to the JavaScript interpreter. The console and attach subcommand accept the --exec argument which is a javascript statement.

gqdc attach --exec "eth.blockNumber"

This prints the current block number of a running gqdc instance.

Or execute a local script with more complex statements on a remote node over http:

gqdc attach --exec 'loadScript("/tmp/checkbalances.js")'
gqdc attach --jspath "/tmp" --exec 'loadScript("checkbalances.js")'

Use the --jspath <path/to/my/js/root> to set a library directory for your js scripts. Parameters to loadScript() with no absolute path will be understood relative to this directory.

You can exit the console by typing exit or simply with CTRL-C.


go-quadrans now uses the GoJa JS VM which is compatible with ECMAScript 5.1. There are some limitations though:

  • Promises and async won’t work.

web3.js uses the bignumber.js library. This library is auto-loaded into the console.


In addition to the full functionality of JS (as per ECMA5), the quadrans JSRE is augmented with various timers. It implements setInterval, clearInterval, setTimeout, clearTimeout you may be used to using in browser windows. It also provides implementation for admin.sleep(seconds) and a block based timer, admin.sleepBlocks(n) which sleeps till the number of new blocks added is equal to or greater than n, think “wait for n confirmations”.