TigerBeetle Node.js client

npm install tigerbeetle-node@0.8.0



TigerBeetle client for Node.js.


The following steps will install the tigerbeetle-node module to your current working directory.


  • NodeJS >= 14.0.0. (If the correct version is not installed, an installation error will occur)

Your operating system should be Linux (kernel >= v5.6) or macOS. Windows support is not yet available but is in the works.

YARN Package Manager Installation

yarn add tigerbeetle-node


NPM Package Manager Installation

npm install tigerbeetle-node


Follow these steps to get up and running when cloning the repo:

git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/coilhq/tigerbeetle-node.git
cd tigerbeetle-node/
yarn install --immutable

Build locally using yarn:

# Run the following from this directory:
yarn && yarn build
  • Please note: yarn clean will remove Zig and NodeAPI C headers, which mean you need to run:
./scripts/postinstall.sh #Install Zig and NodeJS C Headers

Yarn - Run Test Ensure TigerBeetle (init & start) is running on the port configured in test.ts, then run:

./tigerbeetle init --cluster=1 --replica=0 --directory=.
./tigerbeetle start --cluster=1 --replica=0 --directory=. --addresses=3001
yarn test

Yarn - Run Benchmark Run the benchmark (The benchmark will automatically start TigerBeetle on port 3001 (single replica):

yarn benchmark


A client needs to be configured with a cluster_id and replica_addresses. This instantiates the client where memory is allocated to internally buffer events to be sent. For the moment, only one client can be instantiated globally per process. Future releases will allow multiple client instantiations.

import { createClient } from 'tigerbeetle-node'

const client = createClient({
  cluster_id: 0,
  replica_addresses: ['3001', '3002', '3003']

One of the ways TigerBeetle achieves its performance is through batching. This is reflected in the below function interfaces where each one takes in an array of events.

Account Creation

const account = {
    id: 137n, // u128
    user_data: 0n, // u128, opaque third-party identifier to link this account to an external entity:
    reserved: Buffer.alloc(48, 0), // [48]u8
    ledger: 1,   // u32, ledger value
    code: 718, // u16, a chart of accounts code describing the type of account (e.g. clearing, settlement)
    flags: 0,  // u16
    debits_pending: 0n,  // u64
    debits_posted: 0n,  // u64
    credits_pending: 0n, // u64
    credits_posted: 0n, // u64
    timestamp: 0n, // u64, Reserved: This will be set by the server.

const errors = await client.createAccounts([account])

Successfully executed events return an empty array whilst unsuccessful ones return an array with errors for only the ones that failed. An error will point to the index in the submitted array of the failed event.

  const errors = await client.createAccounts([account1, account2, account3])

  // errors = [{ index: 1, code: 1 }]
  const error = errors[0]
  switch (error.code) {
    case CreateAccountError.exists: {
      console.error(`Batch event at ${error.index} already exists.`)

The example above shows that the event in index 1 failed with error 1. This means that account1 and account3 were created successfully but not account2.

The flags on an account provide a way for you to enforce policies by toggling the bits below.

bit 0 bit 1 bit 2
linked debits_must_not_exceed_credits credits_must_not_exceed_debits

The creation of an account can be linked to the successful creation of another by setting the linked flag (see linked events). By setting debits_must_not_exceed_credits, then any transfer such that debits_posted + debits_pending + amount > credits_posted will fail. Similarly for credits_must_not_exceed_debits.

  enum CreateAccountFlags {
    linked = (1 << 0),
    debits_must_not_exceed_credits = (1 << 1),
    credits_must_not_exceed_debits = (1 << 2)

  let flags = 0
  flags |= CreateAccountFlags.debits_must_not_exceed_credits

Account lookup

The id of the account is used for lookups. Only matched accounts are returned.

  // account 137n exists, 138n does not
  const accounts = await client.lookupAccounts([137n, 138n])

   * const accounts = [{
   *   id: 137n,
   *   user_data: 0n,
   *   reserved: Buffer,
   *   ledger: 1,
   *   code: 718,
   *   flags: 0,
   *   debits_pending: 0n,
   *   debits_posted: 0n,
   *   credits_pending: 0n,
   *   credits_posted: 0n,
   *   timestamp: 1623062009212508993n,
   * }]

Creating a transfer

This creates a journal entry between two accounts.

const transfer = {
    id: 1n, // u128
    // Double-entry accounting:
    debit_account_id: 1n,  // u128
    credit_account_id: 2n, // u128
    // Opaque third-party identifier to link this transfer to an external entity:
    user_data: 0n, // u128  
    reserved: 0n, // u128
    // Timeout applicable for a pending/2-phase transfer:
    timeout: 0n, // u64, in nano-seconds.
    // Collection of accounts usually grouped by the currency: 
    // You can't transfer money between accounts with different ledgers:
    ledger: 720,  // u32, ledger for transfer (e.g. currency).
    // Chart of accounts code describing the reason for the transfer:
    code: 1,  // u16, (e.g. deposit, settlement)
    flags: 0, // u16
    amount: 10n, // u64
    timestamp: 0n, //u64, Reserved: This will be set by the server.
const errors = await client.createTransfers([transfer])

Two-phase transfers are supported natively by toggling the appropriate flag. TigerBeetle will then adjust the credits_pending and debits_pending fields of the appropriate accounts. A corresponding commit transfer then needs to be sent to accept or reject the transfer.

Transfers within a batch may also be linked (see linked events).

  enum TransferFlags {
    linked = (1 << 0),
    pending = (1 << 1),
    post_pending_transfer = (1 << 2),
    void_pending_transfer = (1 << 3)
  // Two-phase transfer (pending):
  let flags = 0n
  flags |= TransferFlags.pending

  // Linked two-phase transfer (pending):
  let flags = 0n
  flags |= TransferFlags.linked
  flags |= TransferFlags.pending

Post a Pending transfer (2-phase)

With flags = post_pending_transfer, TigerBeetle will accept the transfer. TigerBeetle will atomically rollback the changes to debits_pending and credits_pending of the appropriate accounts and apply them to the debits_posted and credits_posted balances.

const post = {
    id: 2n, // u128, must correspond to the transfer id
    pending_id: 1n, // u128, id of the pending transfer
    flags: TransferFlags.post_pending_transfer, // to void, use [void_pending_transfer]
    timestamp: 0n, // u64, Reserved: This will be set by the server.
const errors = await client.createTransfers([post])

Linked events

When the linked flag is specified for the createAccount, createTransfer, commitTransfer event, it links an event with the next event in the batch, to create a chain of events, of arbitrary length, which all succeed or fail together. The tail of a chain is denoted by the first event without this flag. The last event in a batch may therefore never have the linked flag set as this would leave a chain open-ended. Multiple chains or individual events may coexist within a batch to succeed or fail independently. Events within a chain are executed within order, or are rolled back on error, so that the effect of each event in the chain is visible to the next, and so that the chain is either visible or invisible as a unit to subsequent events after the chain. The event that was the first to break the chain will have a unique error result. Other events in the chain will have their error result set to linked_event_failed.

let batch = []
let linkedFlag = 0
linkedFlag |= CreateTransferFlags.linked

// An individual transfer (successful):
batch.push({ id: 1n, ... })

// A chain of 4 transfers (the last transfer in the chain closes the chain with linked=false):
batch.push({ id: 2n, ..., flags: linkedFlag }) // Commit/rollback.
batch.push({ id: 3n, ..., flags: linkedFlag }) // Commit/rollback.
batch.push({ id: 2n, ..., flags: linkedFlag }) // Fail with exists
batch.push({ id: 4n, ..., flags: 0 })          // Fail without committing.

// An individual transfer (successful):
// This should not see any effect from the failed chain above.
batch.push({ id: 2n, ..., flags: 0 })

// A chain of 2 transfers (the first transfer fails the chain):
batch.push({ id: 2n, ..., flags: linkedFlag })
batch.push({ id: 3n, ..., flags: 0 })

// A chain of 2 transfers (successful):
batch.push({ id: 3n, ..., flags: linkedFlag })
batch.push({ id: 4n, ..., flags: 0 })

const errors = await client.createTransfers(batch)

 * [
 *  { index: 1, error: 1 },  // linked_event_failed
 *  { index: 2, error: 1 },  // linked_event_failed
 *  { index: 3, error: 25 }, // exists
 *  { index: 4, error: 1 },  // linked_event_failed
 *  { index: 6, error: 17 }, // exists_with_different_flags
 *  { index: 7, error: 1 },  // linked_event_failed
 * ]