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With the release of Solar Core 2.0, a new feature was introduced, called Webhooks which allows you to create more flexible and automated systems while also reducing traffic/load on your server.


Before we start working on the implementation of a webhook handler, we will take a look at handling authorisation.

To guarantee that only your server is allowed to send data to your webhook handler, an authorisation token is generated on creation of a webhook. The generated token will only be returned once and not be visible again.

To generate an authorisation token, you need to create a webhook.

Lets take the following token as an example fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b640c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66 which is 64 characters long and breaks down into 2 parts at 32 characters length each.

The first 32 characters will be stored in the database and sent to you as a header Authorization: fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b64 via a POST request.

The last 32 characters 0c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66 need to be stored by you and will serve as a way for you to verify that the request is authorised.

Handling webhooks

Now that we know how the token is structured and what it is used for we can continue with implementing a webhook handler.

A webhook handler is just a simple POST endpoint that you need to implement at the URL you specified when creating a webhook.

const webhookToken =

const verification = "0c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66";"/blocks", jsonParser, (req, res) => {
  // This will be fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b64
  const authorisation = req.headers["authorization"];

  // This will be authorisation + verification
  const token = authorisation + verification;

  // Make sure we block access if the token is invalid...
  if (token !== webhookToken) {
    return res.status(401).send("Unauthorized!");

  // the datetime of when the webhook was sent

  // the data the webhook transferred, e.g. a block struct

  // the type of event that was sent, e.g. block.forged

  // do something with the above req.body data

  return res.status(200).send("Hello Webhook!");
package main

import (

const (
    webhookToken = "fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b640c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66"
    verification = "0c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66"

func validateOrigin(next http.Handler) http.Handler {
    return func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        if r.Header.Get("authorization") + verification != webhookToken {
        return next(w, r)

func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    decoder := json.NewDecoder(r.Body)

    var resp Response // some defined DTO
    err := decoder.Decode(&resp)
    if err != nil {
        handle(w, err)

    // do something with the received block/transaction/wallet


func main() {
    http.HandleFunc("/blocks", validateOrigin(handler))
    log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil))
import pickle
import hashlib

from flask import Flask, request
from werkzeug.exceptions import Unauthorized
from functools import wraps

app = Flask(__name__)

def dump_webhook_token(token):
    authorisation = token[:32]  # "fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b64"
    verification = token[32:]   # "0c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66"
    filename = hashlib.md5(authorisation.encode("utf-8")).hexdigest()
    with open(filename, "wb") as out:
                "verification": verification,
                "hash": hashlib.sha256(token.encode("utf-8")).hexdigest()

def check_webhook_token(authorisation):
    filename = hashlib.md5(authorisation.encode("utf-8")).hexdigest()
        with open(filename, "rb") as in_:
            data = pickle.load(in_)
    except Exception:
        return False
        token = authorisation + data["verification"]
        return hashlib.sha256(
        ).hexdigest() == data["hash"]

# ... 
# Somewhere On Webhook Subscription
# verification = "0c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66"
# token = "fe944e318edb02b979d6bf0c87978b640c8e74e1cbfe36404386d33a5bbd8b66"

# This Should Be Middleware if This App Is Dedicated to Webhooks
def token_required(f):
    def decorated_function(*args, **kwargs):
        # if request.headers.get("authorisation") + verification != token:
        if not check_webhook_token(request.headers.get("authorization")):
            raise Unauthorised("Unauthorized!")
        return f(*args, **kwargs)
    return decorated_function

def handle_block():
    block = request.get_json()
    # do something with the block

if __name__ == "__main__":, port=5000)

Let's break down the steps we took here:

  • Grab the Authorization header.
  • Create the full token based on the Authorization header and Verification string.
  • Deny access if the full token does not equal the webhook token.
  • Log and process the request body if the full token is valid.


To communicate with the Webhooks API, you will need to provide the token you configured on your node through the Authorization header. Authenticating with an invalid token will return 401 Unauthorized.


Name Type Description Required
Authorization string The webhook token defined in the node configuration. Yes