Here is an early overview of how to make API calls.

Implementation details for the JSON-RPC package are here.

Overview: How do you modify the config.toml to change the API endpoint?

API requests are made against unless you modify .lotus/config.toml.


  • http://[api:port]/rpc/v0 - HTTP endpoint
  • ws://[api:port]/rpc/v0 - Websocket endpoint
  • PUT http://[api:port]/rest/v0/import - File import, it requires write permissions.

What methods can I use?

For now, you can look into different files to find methods available to you based on your needs:

The necessary permissions for each are in api/struct.go.

How do I make an API request?

To demonstrate making an API request, we will take the method ChainHead from api/api.go.

ChainHead(context.Context) (*types.TipSet, error)

And create a CURL command. In this command, ChainHead is included as { "method": "Filecoin.ChainHead" }:

curl -X POST \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     --data '{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "Filecoin.ChainHead", "params": [], "id": 3 }' \

If the request requires authorization, add an authorization header:

curl -X POST \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer $(cat ~/.lotusstorage/token)" \
     --data '{ "jsonrpc": "2.0", "method": "Filecoin.ChainHead", "params": [], "id": 3 }' \

In the future we will add a playground to make it easier to build and experiment with API requests.

CURL authorization

To authorize your request, you will need to include the JWT in a HTTP header, for example:

-H "Authorization: Bearer $(cat ~/.lotusstorage/token)"

Admin token is stored in ~/.lotus/token for the Lotus Node or ~/.lotusstorage/token for the Lotus Storage Miner.

How do I generate a token?

To generate a JWT with custom permissions, use this command:

# Lotus Node
lotus auth create-token --perm admin

# Lotus Storage Miner
lotus-storage-miner auth create-token --perm admin

What authorization level should I use?

When viewing api/struct.go, you will encounter these types:

  • read - Read node state, no private data.
  • write - Write to local store / chain, and read permissions.
  • sign - Use private keys stored in wallet for signing, read and write permissions.
  • admin - Manage permissions, read, write, and sign permissions.