Ep2 - Indexing global events

In this tutorial, we'll be exploring how to index and query global events on Starknet using Checkpoint.

We'll start from scratch so if you read episode you may want to skip some parts. We’ll go over the basics of setting up a Checkpoint project, including defining a Checkpoint configuration, a GraphQL entity schema, and data writers. We'll also cover how to start the Checkpoint indexer and query the indexed data using the generated GraphQL API.

By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a good understanding of how to use Checkpoint to index global events and query data on Starknet.

We’ll be usinghttps://github.com/checkpoint-labs/token-api-checkpoint as an exemple. Feel free to follow along with the repository

Step 1: Installing Checkpoint

To get started with Checkpoint, you'll need to install the module using either npm or yarn. Open your terminal and navigate to your project directory, then run the following command:

npm install @snapshot-labs/checkpoint

Or, if you prefer using yarn: yarn add @snapshot-labs/checkpoint

Step 2: Creating the Project Structure

Next, you'll need to create a project structure for your Checkpoint application. In this tutorial, we'll be creating the following structure conatining the abi of the contract type we’d like to import, it will be needed later on to query the tokens metadatas:

├── src/
|   ├── abis/erc20.json
│   ├── config.json
│   ├── index.ts
│   ├── schema.gql
│   └── writers.ts
└── package.json

The src directory will contain all the source files for your application, while package.json will be used to manage your application's dependencies.

Step 3: Checkpoint Configuration for global events Checkpoint uses a simple process to index data. It traces the blockchain block by block and at each of these blocks, it checks if the smart contract we want to track has emitted events and if so, do these events correspond to those we want?

To do this, we need to create a configuration file for Checkpoint. In the src directory, create a file named config.json and define the following configuration:

  "network_node_url": "<https://starknet-goerli.infura.io/v3/46a5dd9727bf48d4a132672d3f376146>",
	"start": 10000,
  "global_events": [
      "name": "Transfer",
      "fn": "handleTransfer"

The network_node_url property specifies the URL of the StarkNet node we want to connect to. The **global_events** property is an array of objects that define the events we want to index and it’s associated handle function. Here compared to the previous tutorial you will notice that we have not filled any contract but only an event. In this example, we're tracking a list of erc20 and holders, and listening to the **transfer** event emitted by any smart-contract. The start property specifies the block number from which Checkpoint starts scanning.

Step 4: Defining GraphQL Entity Schemas

Checkpoint requires a set of defined GraphQL Schema Objects. These schema objects will be used to create the database tables for indexing records and also generate GraphQL queries for accessing the indexed data.

In the src directory, open the file named schema.gql and define the schema for the tokens and account holders entity we'll be tracking:

scalar BigInt

type AccountToken {
  id: String! # Equal to <tokenAddress>-<accountAddress>
  account: String
  token: Token
  balance: Float # Parsed balance based on token decimals
  rawBalance: String # Raw balance without decimals
  modified: Int # Last modified timestamp in seconds
  tx: String # Last transaction that modified balance

type Token {
  id: String! # Token address
  decimals: Int
  name: String
  symbol: String
  totalSupply: BigInt

Checkpoint will use the above entities to generate a MySQL (or postgress) database table named tokens and accounttokens with columns matching the defined fields. It will also generate a list of GraphQL queries to enable querying indexed data.

💡 Note that entities are converted to lower case and pluralized

Step 5: Creating Data Writers

Data writers are typescript functions that get invoked by Checkpoint when it discovers a block containing a relevant event. A data writer is responsible for writing records to the database. These records will eventually be exposed via Checkpoint's GraphQL endpoint.

In the src directory, create a file named writers.ts and define the data writer functions for the handleTransfer event:

import { convertToDecimal, getEvent } from './utils/utils';
import type { CheckpointWriter } from '@snapshot-labs/checkpoint';
import { createToken, isErc20, loadToken, newToken, Token } from './utils/token';
import { createAccount, newAccount, Account, loadAccount } from './utils/account';

export async function handleTransfer({
}: Parameters<CheckpointWriter>[0]) {
  // Start manipulating your data here

At this point you can launch Checkpoint and get the data corresponding to the events you’d like and it’s associated block (block_hash, block_number, timestamp…) and tx (contract_address, transaction_hash,…) objects. But we want to manipulate it in order to index the entity fields we created earlier

Step 6: Filter contracts interface

First of all, you may want to filter the emitting contracts to avoid unwanted events. Here for exemple we want to index only erc20 contracts, but the erc721 contracts also contains a transfer event so what we’ll do is that we’ll create a function called isErc20() in writers.ts to filter contracts based on desired and undesired functions. We will simply retrieve the abi of the emitting contract and check if it respects the conditions we’ve set in **desired** and **undesired** function:

export async function isErc20(address: string, block_number: number) {
  const desiredFunctions = [
  const undesiredFunctions = ['tokenURI'];

  const classHash = await provider.getClassHashAt(address, block_number);
  const contractClass = await provider.getClassByHash(classHash);

  const hasFunctions = desiredFunctions.every(func =>
    contractClass.abi?.find(token => token.name === func && token.type === 'function')
  const hasNoFunctions = undesiredFunctions.every(
    func => !contractClass.abi?.find(token => token.name === func && token.type === 'function')

  const result = hasFunctions && hasNoFunctions;
  console.log(result, `Smart contract ${result ? 'matches' : "doesn't match"} desired functions`);
  return result;

Step 7: Handle sender and receiver values

Now that we are sure we have the right event we can manipulate its data as we wish. Here we first check that the erc20 in question is already known in our database. If it is the case we call it otherwise we create it. And we do the same process for the sender and the receiver of the token. Then we subtract from the sender the value of the transfer and add it to the receiver. It looks something like this:

// If token isn't indexed yet we add it, else we load it
if (await newToken(rawEvent.from_address, mysql)) {
  token = await createToken(rawEvent.from_address);
  await mysql.queryAsync(`INSERT IGNORE INTO tokens SET ?`, [token]);
} else {
  token = await loadToken(rawEvent.from_address, mysql);

// If accounts aren't indexed yet we add them, else we load them
// First with fromAccount
const fromId: string = token.id.slice(2) + '-' + data.from.slice(2);
if (await newAccount(fromId, mysql)) {
  fromAccount = await createAccount(token, fromId, tx, block);
  await mysql.queryAsync(`INSERT IGNORE INTO accounttokens SET ?`, [fromAccount]);
} else {
  fromAccount = await loadAccount(fromId, mysql);

// Then with toAccount
const toId: string = token.id.slice(2) + '-' + data.to.slice(2);
if (await newAccount(toId, mysql)) {
  toAccount = await createAccount(token, toId, tx, block);
  await mysql.queryAsync(`INSERT IGNORE INTO accounttokens SET ?`, [toAccount]);
} else {
  toAccount = await loadAccount(toId, mysql);

// Updating balances
fromAccount.balance -= convertToDecimal(data.value, token.decimals);
toAccount.balance += convertToDecimal(data.value, token.decimals);
// Updating raw balances
fromAccount.rawBalance = BigInt(fromAccount.rawBalance) - BigInt(data.value);
toAccount.rawBalance = BigInt(toAccount.rawBalance) + BigInt(data.value);
// Updating modified field
fromAccount.modified = block.timestamp;
toAccount.modified = block.timestamp;
// Updating tx field
fromAccount.tx = tx.transaction_hash!;
toAccount.tx = tx.transaction_hash!;

Step 8: Store the updated values

Now we need to store the updated values in our database. To do this you just have to make a call to your database by executing the sql request you want via your sql instance (mysql here). Here we want to update fromAccount and toAccount so we will proceed like this:

// Indexing accounts
await mysql.queryAsync(
  `UPDATE accounttokens SET balance=${
  }, rawBalance=${fromAccount.rawBalance.toString()}, modified=${fromAccount.modified}, tx='${
  }' WHERE id='${fromAccount.id}'`
await mysql.queryAsync(
  `UPDATE accounttokens SET balance=${
  }, rawBalance=${toAccount.rawBalance.toString()}, modified=${toAccount.modified}, tx='${
  }' WHERE id='${toAccount.id}'`

Step 9: Run and test your indexer

Lastly to test your indexer you need to run a database instance (mysql or postgres) locally and set the database_url environment variable in your .env (refer to the .env.exemple file). Then you just have to yarn to install the dependencies and then yarn dev to run Checkpoint. To check if everything is working well you may want to query your indexed data by running GraphQL queries on http://localhost:3000. For this project we’ll be using :

query {
  accounttokens {
    token {


That’s it! You should have Checkpoint running, indexing your global_events data and serving this indexed data via graphql.

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