dfuse Events

dfuse Events are a powerful way to give smart contract developers a way to ask dfuse Search to index their transactions, with arbitrary key/value pairs.

From within you smart contract, by simply sending an inline action to dfuseiohooks:event, you can instruct dfuse Search to index some fields with arbitrary data (within limits).

Once on chain, the search term event.field:value will allow you to retrieve those actions, anywhere on the dfuse Platform.

Getting Started

Say a smart contract manages virtual pets. Each pet has a unique ID and a kind (dog, cat, mouse, rabbit).

Say you have an action train(pet_id) that trains and increases whatever features of your pet.

If you want to list all trainings for dogs, you’re short of luck: the action does not contain the kind of pet being trained here.

By adding an inline action to dfuseiohooks:event in your smart contract, and exfiltrating the missing bit of data, such as pet_kind=dog in the data field, you will immediately be able to search for event.pet_kind:dog action:train receiver:yourcontract anywhere on the dfuse Platform.

The gist of the EOSIO contract implementation is:

const std::string& pet_kind = get_pet_kind(pet_id);

      // Parameter `auth_key`
      // Parameter `data`
      std::string("pet_id=" + pet_id + "&pet_kind=" + pet_kind)

Example contract

See an example implementation from a sample smart contract.


Destination: The inline action must be sent to contract dfuseiohooks with the action name event. The action signature is: event(string auth_key, string data).

Cost: be cheap, and use an inline context-free action to have minimal impact on transaction costs. Also, there will never be code deployed on dfuseiohooks, so it executes extremely fast.

Authorization: Specify no authorization (std::vector<permission_level>()) when issuing a context-free action.

Indexing: Only ONE such event per action will be indexed. If limits aren’t breached, the parameters in data will be indexed as event.field in dfuse Search, attached to the action that created the inline to dfuseiohooks:event. This allows you to search for receiver:yourcontract event.field:value or other combinations.

Action parameters

auth_keystringrequiredThe empty string (limited access) or a valid dfuse Events Key if you have one. See Indexing Limits for details.
datastringrequiredA string containing the key/value pair list to index, as an RFC 3986 URL encoded string (i.e. key1=value1&key2=value2).

Indexing Limits

An empty auth_key parameter imposes those limits to the indexing:

  • A key/value pair under data is indexed only if:
    • the key has 16 characters or less
    • the value has 64 characters or less
    • there are no more than 3 keys (for unauthenticated calls)

If you need more than 3 key/values or want more than 64 bytes of value data, contact us to get a dfuse Events Key for your contract.


If your auth_key is invalid or used within the wrong contract account, normal restrictions apply.

Search Query Language Specs

dfuse Search uses a simplified query language to reach unparalleled and predictable performances.

It is similar to GitHub’s query language for issues and pull requests: it has a default AND operator between each query term. Search adds a simple, one-level OR layer enclosed in parentheses.

You can enclose parameters using double-quotes after the :, or use a single keyword. For example: auth:eoscanadacom or auth:"eoscanadacom".

Boolean support: only true and false have special meaning when not using quotes: input:true queries for a boolean value, while input:"true" searches for a string value.

Example queries

  • account:eosio.token receiver:eosio.token (data.from:eoscanadacom OR
  • (auth:eoscanadacom OR receiver:eoscanadacom)
  • account:eosio.token action:transfer
  • (ram.consumed:eoscanadacom OR ram.released:eoscanadacom)
  • receiver:eosio.token db.key:"accounts/eoscanadacom/........ehbo5"
  • receiver:eosio.token db.table:stats

Available query fields

These are the prefixes or fields available for query:

  • action: is the name of the action executed
  • account: matches the account called on the action. Not to be mixed up with receiver. This will match notifications sent from a contract to another account.
  • receiver: means the account with code that has executed the action. This is unambiguous.
  • act_digest: the 16 first hex characters of the hash of the binary action payload
  • auth: means the action was signed with the authority of a given account. The field has two formats:
    • auth:account an account, irrespective of the permission which signed the transaction
    • auth:account@perm an account and specific permission that signed the transaction, in which this action was declared.
  • status:executed will match the status of the transaction, here, only executed. NOTE: if status is not specified, an implicit status:executed is added to the query.
  • scheduled:true will match deferred transactions
  • notif:true will match only notifications, excluding input action or other inline actions.
  • input:true will match only the top-level actions (those present in the original transactions, and not as a side effect of contract execution).
  • event.sub.fields: dfuse Events indexing matching specific fields, see dfuse Events for details.
  • data.sub.fields: a good number of action-specific fields can be matched for equality. Ex: data.from and (present in transfer operations).
    • lists are flattened, and terms matched when the query is present in the list.
    • nested documents fields are separated by ., so will match the action data: {"data": {"user": {"id": "hello"}}}
    • Here is a non-exhaustive list of data.* attributes currently indexed: data.from,, data.account,, data.creator, data.executer,, data.owner, data.permission, data.producer, data.proposal_name, data.producer_key, data.proposal_hash, data.proposer, data.producers.* (nested), data.voter_name and many more….
  • Hashed data attributes:
    • data.abi:SHA256 matches setabi actions with an ABI data hashing to a given SHA256 fingerprint
    • data.code:SHA256 matches setcode actions with an ABI data hashing to a given SHA256 fingerprint
  • RAM operations incurred by action:
    • ram.consumed: is set to accounts that have consumed some RAM during an action
    • ram.released: is set to accounts that have released some RAM during an action
  • Database operations applied by action. All values are name-encoded (including the primary key)
    • db.key: supports two values:
      • [table_name]/[scope]/[primary-key]
      • [primary-key]
    • db.table: supports two values:
      • [table_name]/[scope]
      • [table_name]
    • db.scope:[scope]
    • All the fields therein are name-encoded (even if somethings it can be the empty string), and are separated by the / character.