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zli is a command-line tool based on the Zilliqa Golang SDK.

Source Code

The Github repository can be found at Zilliqa/zli

Getting zli

Run the following to clone the repository to your local machine

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### Installation

#### Build

Run the following command to generate the `zli` binary:

go build -o zli main/main.go


Option 1: Install the zli binary by specifying the output path during the build:

go build -o $GOPATH/bin/zli main/main.go

Option 2: Run the installation script:



Run zli -h to see the help message along with the list of available commands:

A convenient command-line tool to generate accounts, run integration testings or run http server .etc
  zli [flags]
  zli [command]
Available Commands:
  account     Generate or load multiple accounts
  contract    Deploy or call zilliqa smart contract
  help        Help about any command
  rpc         readonly json rpc of zilliqa
  transfer    Transfer zilliqa token to a specific account
  version     Print the version number of zli
  wallet      Init a new wallet or get exist wallet info
  -h, --help   help for zli
Use "zli [command] --help" for more information about a command.

zli works by storing account information in a wallet configuration file in ~/.zilliqa.

Run zli [command] --help to see the usage details for each available command. Here are some commonly used commands:


  • zli wallet init: Generate a new wallet (configuration file) for zli to use. A default account (using randomly generated private key) is created inside the wallet.
  • zli wallet echo: Print out the contents of the wallet (i.e., the configuration file).
  • zli wallet from [flags] : Generate a new wallet from a specific private key.


  • zli contract deploy [flags]: Deploy a new contract.
  • zli contract call [flags]: Call an existing contract.
  • zli contract state [flags]: Get the state data for a specific smart contract.


  • zli account generate [flags]: Generate a random private key.


  • zli transfer [flags]: Transfer Zilliqa tokens to a specific account.


  • zli rpc transaction [flags]: Get the transaction details for a specific transaction ID.


Executing Corner-Case Tests on a Tiny Contract

  1. Prepare the wallet (configuration file ~/.zilliqa) by running zli wallet init or zli wallet from -p [private_key]:
  "api": "",
  "chain_id": 2,
  "default_account": {
    "private_key": "227159779c78c9a920cba73086cf73fb3ee15cdd95380aa3b93757669e345300",
    "public_key": "0324cdd72db3de0e9f570d550631438d581056fb0d9c4daddbad2928eaf49f54ee",
    "address": "31f33d13ad6aa724cde1f3d12d75fb344a1df9de",
    "bech_32_address": "zil1x8en6yadd2njfn0p70gj6a0mx39pm7w7lz3kpm"
  "accounts": [
      "private_key": "227159779c78c9a920cba73086cf73fb3ee15cdd95380aa3b93757669e345300",
      "public_key": "0324cdd72db3de0e9f570d550631438d581056fb0d9c4daddbad2928eaf49f54ee",
      "address": "31f33d13ad6aa724cde1f3d12d75fb344a1df9de",
      "bech_32_address": "zil1x8en6yadd2njfn0p70gj6a0mx39pm7w7lz3kpm"
  1. Deploy a tiny contract by running sh scripts/

  2. Run zli testsuit tiny -a [contract_address] or sh scripts/ to execute the tests. If the receipt of any transaction returns false, execution stops and the remaining tests are aborted.

Invoking a Contract

  1. Prepare the wallet similar to the previous example.

  2. Run the following command to invoke a smart contract:

zli contract call -a <smart contract address> -t <transition name> -r <parameter>

For instance:

zli contract call -a 305d5b3acaa2f4a56b5e149400466c58194e695f -t SubmitTransaction -r "[{\"vname\":\"recipient\",\"type\":\"ByStr20\",\"value\":\"0x381f4008505e940ad7681ec3468a719060caf796\"},{\"vname\":\"amount\",\"type\":\"Uint128\",\"value\":\"10\"},{\"vname\":\"tag\",\"type\":\"String\",\"value\":\"a\"}]"


zli supports passing the private key as a parameter to the zli contract deploy or zli contract call command. Just use the -k [private key] option to switch to a different private key for sending transactions.

Running zli Inside a Docker Container

An alternative to running zli as a native binary is to build (or download) the go-zli Docker image, and to run zli from inside the container. This option requires prior installation of Docker (refer to the Docker installation page).

  1. Build the go-zli Docker image:
  1. Run zli inside a container environment:
docker run --rm -it -v ~/contract:/contract bash