Daml Codegen


You can use the Daml codegen to generate Java, and JavaScript/TypeScript classes representing Daml contract templates. These classes incorporate all boilerplate code for constructing corresponding ledger com.daml.ledger.api.v1.CreateCommand, com.daml.ledger.api.v1.ExerciseCommand, com.daml.ledger.api.v1.ExerciseByKeyCommand, and com.daml.ledger.api.v1.CreateAndExerciseCommand.

Run the Daml Codegen

The basic command to run the Daml codegen is:

$ daml codegen [java|js] [options]

There are two modes:

  • Command line configuration, specifying all settings in the command line (all codegens supported)
  • Project file configuration, specifying all settings in the daml.yaml (currently Java only)

Command Line Configuration

Help for each specific codegen:

$ daml codegen [java|js] --help

Java codegens take the same set of configuration settings:

                         DAR file to use as input of the codegen with an optional, but recommend, package prefix for the generated sources.
-o, --output-directory <value>
                         Output directory for the generated sources
-d, --decoderClass <value>
                         Fully Qualified Class Name of the optional Decoder utility
-V, --verbosity <value>  Verbosity between 0 (only show errors) and 4 (show all messages) -- defaults to 0
-r, --root <value>       Regular expression for fully-qualified names of templates to generate -- defaults to .*
--help                   This help text

JavaScript/TypeScript codegen takes a different set of configuration settings:

DAR-FILES                DAR files to generate TypeScript bindings for
-o DIR                   Output directory for the generated packages
-s SCOPE                 The NPM scope name for the generated packages;
                        defaults to daml.js
-h,--help                Show this help text

Project File Configuration (Java)

The above settings can be configured in the codegen element of the Daml project file daml.yaml. See this issue for status on this feature.

Here is an example:

sdk-version: 2.0.0
name: quickstart
source: daml
init-script: Main:initialize
  - Alice
  - Bob
  - USD_Bank
  - EUR_Bank
version: 0.0.1
  - Main
  - daml-prim
  - daml-stdlib
    output-directory: ui/daml.js
    npm-scope: daml.js
    package-prefix: com.daml.quickstart.iou
    output-directory: java-codegen/src/main/java
    verbosity: 2

You can then run the above configuration to generate your Java code:

$ daml codegen java

The equivalent JavaScript command line configuration would be:

$ daml codegen js ./.daml/dist/quickstart-0.0.1.dar -o ui/daml.js -s daml.js

and the equivalent Java command line configuration:

$ daml codegen java ./.daml/dist/quickstart-0.0.1.dar=com.daml.quickstart.iou --output-directory=java-codegen/src/main/java --verbosity=2

In order to compile the resulting Java classes, you need to add the corresponding dependencies to your build tools.

For Java, add the following Maven dependency:



Replace YOUR_SDK_VERSION with the version of your SDK