# CommercioAPI introduction
CommercioAPI is a RESTful web service that allows anyone to create transactions with the set of permitted messages on the commercio.network Blockchain and to query it.
Querying and interacting with the blockchain Commercio Network is free.
In order to send messages to the chain, however, You need first to control a wallet
# What is a wallet
A wallet (digital) is a software (Encryption) that provide a virtual equivalent of a wallet.
In the common sense a wallet is tool where you can storage your coins.
You don’t actually store any cryptocurrency in your wallet. With the wallet you just manage the
keys that permit to handle the cryptocurrency you own in the blockchain.
The blockchain records the amount of coins associated with a key pair (your identity on the blockchain). It calculates the amount of money the keys have access to based on all the transactions on the blockchain. Remember: the main function of a blockchain is to store all transactions in the correct order.
Thorugh this calculation of past transaction you are able to check your balance, receive, and send funds with another wallet registering transfer transaction in the blockchain
A keychain concept is similar to what a wallet does.
To spend your money, you need the private key stored in your wallet.
Is not needed to understand how public-key cryptography works in detail but is important to understand that if you don’t control your keys, you don’t control your funds.
In summary a wallet is a program that has three main functions:
- Generating, storing and handling your keys and addresses
- Showing you your balance
- Creating and signing message transactions for example send funds to another wallet address
Mainly however it permit to generate, manage and store cryptographic keys - your public and private key
Another important things is that wallets generally don’t allow you to buy cryptocurrencies; Exchanges perform this for you.
All exchanges propose you wallets where store the coins you buy, but wallets usually DON'T provide you any exchange service.
Thus the only way to get coins in your wallet is to receive them from another one.
# Manage the keys - types of wallet
The way a user decide to manage the crypto keys of his wallet have two main scenarios
# 1. Non-custodial wallets
Those wallets provide an interface to check your funds or create transactions for example ttrough your web browser (example Kepler, Metamask ecc), but you have to provide the keys with each login.
Registering with a central authority is not needed to create a wallet. This comes at the cost of you being responsible for the safety of your coins. Nobody can help you recover your keys if you lose them. If anybody were able to recover it they would also be able to steal your funds.
This would eliminate the trustless aspect of blockchains
There is a sort of recovery mechanism with many wallets called a mnemonic phrase or backup phrase. A mnemonic phrase usually consists of 12 or 24 words. With these words, you can recover your keys. You receive your mnemonic phrase when you install and set up your wallet. Be sure to write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a safe place. You should have at least two versions of your backup phrase stored in different locations.
# 2. Custodial wallets or hosted wallet
It’s called hosted because a third party keeps your crypto for you, similar to how a bank keeps your money in a checking or savings account.
With hosted web wallets, your keys are stored online by a trusted third party.
Is the most popular and easy-to-set-up crypto wallet
You may have heard about people searching for old hard drives because they have “lost their bitcoins”. More accurately, they lost the keys to access their bitcoin. but with a hosted wallet you don’t have to worry about any of that.
# The Commercio.app
The Commercio App is a platform that provide you a hosted wallet through a web app .
Moreover the Commercio.app provides you web functionality for
# 1. eID Module
Associate identity data to your wallett address through specific procedures
# 2. Credits Module
Manage CCC associated to your wallet
# 3. API
Gain access to a set of rest API some of which permit You to interact in the blockchain through your hosted wallet account
# Getting Started
In order to operate with the CommercioAPI two environments are available
- Develop & Test : to test the API and get familiar with the system in the Test-net
- Official : to operate with the real CommercioAPI in the Main-net
The following services are involved with the CommercioAPI usage
- Web App: to obtain and manage your membership, generate and manage your hostedwallet, get your account address, see the accountability of your transactions
- CommercioAPI base url: to have access to the documentation of the Web RESTful services and interact with the API in the proper subpath
- IDM(OpenID): The IDentity Management service to be used for authentication in the APIs services
- Explorer: The web application "Almerico" that permits to get the transaction information from the Commercio.network blockchain ledger
# Develop & Test
It is a playground where everyone can test the characteristics of the commercio.network blockchain.
|Develop & Test||Official||Note|
|dev-api.commercio.app/commercionetwork/v1/ (opens new window)||CommercioAPI base url|
|dev-api.commercio.app/commercionetwork/v1/swagger/index.html (opens new window)||Swagger|
|devlogin.commercio.app/auth/realms/commercio/protocol/openid-connect/token||IDM(OpenID) authentication URL|
Memberships on this environment can be bought for free once registered using a dummy credit card provided by Stripe (example 4242 4242 4242 4242)
Reed Stripe Cards for details
It is the real-world environment where real credit card transactions are requested and real tokens (COM and CCC) are spent
|api.commercio.app/v1/ (opens new window)||CommercioAPI base url|
|api.commercio.app/v1/swagger/index.html (opens new window)||Swagger|
|login.commercio.app/auth/realms/commercio/protocol/openid-connect/token||IDM(OpenID) authentication URL|
Memberships on this environment MUST be bought with real credit card
To use the APIs you need to:
- Register and Login on the web App (dev.commercio.app or commercio.app)
- Own a valid membership (Bronze,Silver,Gold) and get your
ID account(or your own wallet address, e.g. :
- Own enough CCCs (Commerce Cash Credits) to pay for the transaction fees.
Must be distinguished between Message Chain fee (Chain costs) vs Commercio.app costs (Platfrom Costs)
# Chain costs
Sending message in the blockchain has a "protocol" 's cost that is due in order to support Validators expenses.
- 0.01 COM per message sent
- 0.01 CCC per message sent
Anyway due to its nature it is better to pay with CCC due to the fact that CCC has a fix value of 1 Euro instead COM has a variable Euro value that is determined according to supply and demand by the market.
You can easily make your own wallet management and send messages to the chain at protocol's costs using the following procedure but obviously this need to be done by developer experts
Another way is using Restfull commercio API
# Platform costs
Moreover sending messages autonomously could also be done with Resfull API of the commercio.app
Using the platform comes with a cost for the usage that depends on the type of Membership you subscribe
Costs of membership subscription € through commercio.app
|Membersip||Annual subscription VAT not included||CCC Bonus|
|Green||0 €||1 CCC|
|Bronze||25 €||25 CCC|
|Silver||250 €||250 CCC|
|Gold||2500 €||2500 CCC|
First year membership subscription comes with a bonus in your wallet equivalent to the cost of Membership ( bonus in CCC)
Green Mebership is free of charge when obtained from commercio.app through a simple registration. Moreover, a 1 CCC bonus will be available for free in your wallet upon the first registration. However, this type of membership has a limitation regarding its functionality in using the "/wallet/transfers" API. This operation is inhibited due to the possibility of malicious users draining CCC using the free subscription.
Costs for each message CCC
|Membersip||Platform cost||Chain fee||Total cost per msg|
- All costs in CCC.
- Platform cost is comprehensive of a Chain fee (0.01) for sending Platform costs to a wallet of Commercio Platform
- All POST method in the API has a msg cost . Querying tha chain is free of charge (All GET method in the API are free of charge)
# CommercioAPIs overview
Brief overview of the available functions. Refer to the specific APIs guide for more details.
For any support or questions regarding the APIs or the documentation, please open an Issue
# Swagger environment
The documentation for the set of released APIs is available through a Swagger environment, and it's possible to try them out using the interface.
NB: Any Examples in the documentation refers to the **Develop & Test environment**
For the tryout authentication is needed (see specific section)
# Hint : Basic Client for Major script Languages
openapi.yaml file from the Swagger interface page you can upload it in the https://editor.swagger.io/ (opens new window)
Using the Generate Client menu you can obtain a basic stack software for the language you choose
# Authentication process
In order to gain proper access to the API an authentication process should be performed.
- AUTHORIZE : Permit to authenticate through the IDM and get permission to API usage
# Common questions
Does the API have a cost ?
Each POST process of the api have a cost (Platform costs + chain costs). All Gett process are free of charge see Costs