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Cosmos Multi-Signature Wallet

A custom Cosmos SDK blockchain that supports multi-signature wallets.


While multsig transfer of coins utilizes the built in multisig feautres of cosmos, this blockchain expands that to create an infrastructure to have a nice UI around multisig transactions.

The complete workflow of a multisig transaction as follows...

  1. Create a multisig wallet, specifying the name, minimum number of signatures for a transaction to take place, and the pub keys associated with the wallet.
  2. Transfer funds to this wallet
  3. Create a transaction request to send funds from the multisig wallet to another address
  4. Multiple owners of the multisig wallet sign the transaction.
  5. Once enough signatures have been made, send the funds.
  6. Update the transaction request with the txhash of the transfer of funds.

The cli tool has a series of queries and transaction that you can use. In theory, you could iteract with this blockchain fully using the cli, but REST was the intended purpose.

Create a wallet

This command is used to create a multisig wallet. Pubkeys should be comma separated (no spaces).

msgicli tx multisig create-wallet [name] [min-signatures-required] [pub-keys], [addresses] [flags]
Get a wallet

Get wallet info by wallet address

msgicli query multisig get-wallet [address] [flags]
Query wallets

Search for a list of wallets by public key

msgicli query multisig query-wallets [pub_key] [flags]
Create a transaction

This command creates a transaction request to move funds out of a multisig wallet.

msgicli tx multisig create-transaction [from] [to] [coins] [signers] [flags]
Get transaction

Retrieve transaction request information by uuid

msgicli query multisig get-transaction [uuid] [flags]
Query transactions

Get a list of transaction requests by wallet address.

msgicli query multisig query-transactions [wallet_address] [flags]
Add signature to transaction

This command adds a signature to a transaction request. TODO: remove need to supply pubkey_base64. This info is available via the account info (/auth/accounts/<address>).

msgicli tx multisig save-transaction-signature [uuid] [pubkey] [pubkey_base64] [signature] [signers] [flags]
Add TxHash to transaction

Once the transaction is completed and funds sent, save the txhash in the transaction request to mark it as completed.

msgicli tx multisig complete-transaction [uuid] [transaction_id] [signers] [flags]

There are corresponding API endpoints for each of the CLI commands above.

POST /multisig/wallet

Create a wallet

    "name": "demo 1",
    "base_req": {"chain_id":"msigchain", "from": "msigXXXXXX"},
    "min_sig_tx": 2,
    "pub_keys": [...],
    "signers": [...]
GET /multisig/wallet/<address>

Get a wallet

GET /multisig/wallets/<pubkey>

List wallets that contain specified public key

POST /multisig/transaction

Create a transaction request

    "base_req": {"chain_id":"msigchain", "from": "msigXXXXXX"},
    "from": "msigXXXX",
    "to": "msigXXXX",
    "amount": 3,
    "denom": "msigtoken",
    "signers": [...]
GET /multisig/transaction/<uuid>

Get a transaction request by uuid

GET /multisig/transactions/<address>

List transaction by wallet address

POST /multisig/transaction/sign

Add signature for a transaction request

    "base_req": {"chain_id":"msigchain", "from": "msigXXXXXX"},
    "uuid": "02206ab8-ef05-4ecc-8e81-4430405e929a",
    "signature": "1KRP93NJ85SxygGucoS7MqV39INDG/TYZzRP9NVzS4k/J7zn5kus1r3SoIXkyHgYEZmnaIyr26liL7uez45Uiw",
    "pub_key": "msigp1addwnpepq0wx75hs3jpepjlvvee4r8gmuuxnmjzk6k5jkjps7n9rr3y4v0quqqy456c",
    "pub_key_base64": "A/HRtDdV5mtPOMFhDDRRqb0s60q8rVJ+3AqSWd3PkOWx",
    "signers": [...]
POST /multisig/sign/multi

With given signatures, generate a multi-signature. "Signatures" must be a list of tx signatures for pub keys of the wallet. Order is important here, and must align with the pub key order of the wallet. "Slots" is a string of zeros and ones representing which pubkeys of the wallet are included in the list of signatures, and which are not. Zeros are not include, ones are included. The resulting json response will include the multisig signature.

    "Signatures": [...],
    "Slots": "011",
POST /multisig/transaction/complete

Complete a transaction supplying the txhash of the transfer of funds.

    "base_req": {"chain_id":"msigchain", "from": "msigXXXXXX"},
    "uuid": "02206ab8-ef05-4ecc-8e81-4430405e929a",
    "TxID": "939HDJ300...",
    "signers": [...],
POST /multisig/broadcast

Broadcast a message (same as to /txs in the cosmos SDK).




MultiSigWallet is a type to store multisignature wallet information. This type includes...

  • Name - the custom name of the wallet. This makes it easier for users to identify each wallet and its purpose.
  • MinSigTx - the minimum number of regular user signatures required before a transaction can be sent.
  • Address - The receiving address to send coins into this wallet.
  • PubKeys - A list of public keys associated with this wallet that has the ability to sign transactions. Order of public keys is important.

** Notes ** Wallets cannot be deleted, nor can they be overwritten or change once created.


Transaction is a type to store a transaction request information to move funds out of a multisig wallet.

  • UUID - a unique identifier (follow uuid standards)
  • From - an multisig wallet address to send the funds from
  • To - a wallet address to send the funds to
  • Coins - an array of coins to be sent from the multisig wallet. Currently only one coins (one denom) can be sent at this time.
  • Signatures - the signed signatures of this transaction from the public keys associated with the multisig wallet
  • TxID - the transaction hash from the blockchain referencing this transaction on the blockchain. This is written as a last step to signify the transaction is complete.
  • CreatedAt - The block height when this transaction request was first created. This helps the UI sort the transaction list, but also acts a means to cleanup old transaction requests from history (ie deleting transaction requests after X blocks have passed).


Ensure you have a recent version of go (ie `1.121) and enabled go modules

export GO111MODULE=on

And have GOBIN in your PATH

export GOBIN=$GOPATH/bin

Install via this make command.

make install

Once you've installed msigcli and msigd, check that they are there.

msigcli help
msigd help

Next configure your chain.

# Initialize configuration files and genesis file
# moniker is the name of your node
msigd init <moniker> --chain-id msigchain

# Copy the Address output here and save it for later use
# [optional] add "--ledger" at the end to use a Ledger Nano S
msigcli keys add jack

# Copy the Address output here and save it for later use
msigcli keys add alice

# Add both accounts, with coins to the genesis file
msigd add-genesis-account $(msigcli keys show jack -a) 1000msig,100000000stake
msigd add-genesis-account $(msigcli keys show alice -a) 1000msig,100000000stake

# Configure your CLI to eliminate need for chain-id flag
msigcli config chain-id msigchain
msigcli config output json
msigcli config indent true
msigcli config trust-node true

msigd gentx --name jack

There are three services you may want to start.


This runs the backend

msigd start
API Service

Starts an HTTP service to service requests to the backend.

msigcli rest-server
CORS Proxy

For making requests in a browser to the API backend, you'll need to start a proxy in front of the API service to give proper CORS headers. For development purposes, a service is provided in /scripts/cors

cd scripts/cors
npm start




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var (
	// default home directories for the application CLI
	DefaultCLIHome = os.ExpandEnv("$HOME/.msigcli")

	// DefaultNodeHome sets the folder where the applcation data and configuration will be stored
	DefaultNodeHome = os.ExpandEnv("$HOME/.msigd")

	// ModuleBasicManager is in charge of setting up basic module elemnets
	ModuleBasics = module.NewBasicManager(


func MakeCodec

func MakeCodec() *codec.Codec

MakeCodec generates the necessary codecs for Amino

func NewMultiSigApp

func NewMultiSigApp(logger log.Logger, db dbm.DB) *multisigApp

NewMultiSigApp is a constructor function for multisigApp


type GenesisState

type GenesisState map[string]json.RawMessage

GenesisState represents chain state at the start of the chain. Any initial state (account balances) are stored here.

func NewDefaultGenesisState

func NewDefaultGenesisState() GenesisState

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