Introducing Grid Proxy

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The TFGrid client Proxy acts as an interface to access information about the grid. It supports features such as filtering, limitation, and pagination to query the various entities on the grid like nodes, contracts and farms. Additionally the proxy can contact the required twin ID to retrieve stats about the relevant objects and performing ZOS calls.

The proxy is used as the backend of several threefold projects like:

How to Use the Project

If you don't want to care about setting up your instance you can use one of the live instances. each works against a different TFChain network.

Or follow the development guide to run yours. By default, the instance runs against devnet. to configure that you will need to config this while running the server.

Note: You may face some differences between each instance and the others. that is normal because each network is in a different stage of development and works correctly with others parts of the Grid on the same network.

Used Technologies & Prerequisites

  1. GoLang: Mainly the two parts of the project written in Go 1.17, otherwise you can just download the compiled binaries from github releases
  2. Postgresql: Used to load the TFGrid DB
  3. Docker: Containerize the running services such as Postgres and Redis.
  4. Mnemonics: Secret seeds for adummy identity to use for the relay client.

For more about the prerequisites and how to set up and configure them. follow the Setup guide

Start for Development

To start the services for development or testing make sure first you have all the Prerequisites.

  • Clone this repo

     git clone
     cd tfgrid-sdk-go/grid-proxy
  • The Makefile has all that you need to deal with Db, Explorer, Tests, and Docs.

     make help     # list all the available subcommands.
  • For a quick test explorer server.

     make all-start e=<MNEMONICS>

    Now you can access the server at http://localhost:8080

  • Run the tests

     make test-all
  • Generate docs.

     make docs

To run in development environment see here how to generate test db or load a db dump then use:

go run cmds/proxy_server/main.go --address :8080 --log-level debug -no-cert --postgres-host --postgres-db tfgrid-graphql --postgres-password postgres --postgres-user postgres --mnemonics <insert user mnemonics>

Then visit http://localhost:8080/<endpoint>

For more illustrations about the commands needed to work on the project, see the section Commands. For more info about the project structure and contributions guidelines check the section Contributions.

Setup for Production

Get and Install the Binary

  • You can either build the project:

     make build
     chmod +x cmd/proxy_server/server \
      && mv cmd/proxy_server/server /usr/local/bin/gridproxy-server
  • Or download a release: Check the releases page and edit the next command with the chosen version.

     wget \
      && tar -xzf tfgridclient_proxy_1.6.7-rc2_linux_amd64.tar.gz \
      && chmod +x server \
      && mv server /usr/local/bin/gridproxy-server

Add as a Systemd Service

  • Create the service file

    cat << EOF > /etc/systemd/system/gridproxy-server.service
    Description=grid proxy server
    ExecStart=gridproxy-server --domain --email -ca --substrate wss:// --postgres-host --postgres-db db --postgres-password password --postgres-user postgres --mnemonics <insert user mnemonics>
Last change: 2024-02-27