Chel: Chelonia Command-line Interface

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chel help [command]
chel version
chel keygen [--out=<key.json>]
chel manifest [-k|--key <pubkey1> [-k|--key <pubkey2> ...]] [--out=<manifest.json>] [-s|--slim <contract-slim.js>] [-v|--version <version>] <key.json> <contract-bundle.js>
chel deploy <url> <contract-manifest.json> [<manifest2.json> [<manifest3.json> ...]]
chel upload <url> <file1> [<file2> [<file3> ...]]
chel latestState <url> <contractID>
chel eventsSince [--limit N] <url> <contractID> <hash>
chel eventsBefore [--limit N] <url> <contractID> <hash>
chel hash <file>

Note: in many (if not all) instances, the <url> parameter can refer to a local folder path, in which case the command will operate without making a network connection, and will instead use the folder’s contents to perform its operations.

chel keygen

  "version": "1.0.0",
  "cipher": "algo",
  "pubkey": "...",
  "privkey": "...",
  "encrypted": "algo"

If "encrypted" doesn’t exist – it means the "privkey" was saved in the clear.

chel manifest

Let’s say you have the following files:

  • contract-bundle.js
  • contract-slim.js

Running chel manifest --add-key alex.json --slim contract-slim.js deploy-key.json contract-bundle.js will generate the following contract-bundle.manifest.json:

  "head": {
    "manifestVersion": "1.0.0"
  "body": JSON.stringify({
    "version": "<contract version string, 'x'> by default",
    "contract": { "hash": "<hash of contract-bundle.js>", "file": "contract-bundle.js" },
    "contractSlim": { "hash": "<hash of contract-slim.js>", "file": "contract-slim.js" },
    "authors": [
      {"cipher": "algo", "key": "<pubkey from deploy-key.json>"},
      {"cipher": "algo", "key": "<pubkey from alex.json>"}
  "signature": {
    "key": "<which of the 'authors' keys was used to sign 'body'>",
    "signature": "<signature>"

It will upload both versions of the contracts, and this JSON.

This format makes it as efficient as possible for using the contract system from both in-app and from the commandline.

The CLI tool will always use the self-contained contract bundle, whereas apps can load less code by loading the slim version of the contract. You just need to make sure that none of the external dependencies that you’re referencing ever change if you do this, as otherwise you will get different state between the two versions of the contracts.

Note also that Chelonia is fundamentally language agnostic. We started out using Chelonia to build JS apps, but you can use this protocol with any programming language that supports source evaluation at runtime.

Some commands of this CLI tool (like latestState), only support JavaScript, but that is a limitation of resources on our side, and not a fundamental limitation of the protocol.

chel deploy

Deploys manifest(s) generated with chel manifest.

Automatically uploads any corresponding contract files.

Outputs the hash(es) corresponding to the manifest(s).

Useful command:

cp -r path/to/contracts/* test/assets/ && ls ./test/assets/*-slim.js | sed -En 's/.*\/(.*)-slim.js/\1/p' | xargs -I {} ./src/main.ts manifest --out=test/assets/{}.manifest.json --slim test/assets/{}-slim.js key.json test/assets/{}.js && ls ./test/assets/*.manifest.json | xargs ./src/main.ts deploy


Current release hashes will always be listed here.

d4bda0b122b515707ce33821879d228061824a8e949cb65d2b9d9e3950df56b4  dist/chel-v1.0.8-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.gz
21e91526d23ff64a509499bf7f80914780d2338956be8f638f28bd4d7f2f9a33  dist/chel-v1.0.8-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc.tar.gz
e3d61849bac6db36495881c7ab4ccea2adc1927e4f1893b06aa1dd1508898aed  dist/chel-v1.0.8-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.gz






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