Forest JavaScript Console

Forest console stands as an alternative to tools like Curl or other subcommands found in forest-cli for interacting with the Filecoin JSON-RPC API.

Starting the console

forest-cli attach can be used to open a Javascript console connected to your Forest node.

Like for some other forest-cli subcommands you will need to pass an admin --token given what endpoints you will call.

For a description of different options please refer to the developer documentation CLI page.

Interactive Use

First start Forest node inside another terminal:

forest --chain calibnet

To attach to your Forest node, run forest-cli with the attach subcommand:

forest-cli --token <TOKEN> attach

You should now see a prompt and be able to interact:

Welcome to the Forest Javascript console!

To exit, press ctrl-d or type :quit
> console.log("Forest running on " + chainGetName())
Forest running on calibnet

You can directly call JSON-RPC API endpoints that are bound to the console.

For example, Filecoin.ChainGetName is bound to the global chainGetName function.


  • The console history is saved in your ~/.forest_history after exiting.
  • Use :clear to erase current session commands.
  • Use _BOA_VERSION to get engine version

Non-interactive Use

Exec Mode

It is also possible to execute commands non-interactively by passing --exec flag and a JavaScript snippet to forest-cli attach. The result is displayed directly in the terminal rather than in the interactive console.

For example, to display the current epoch:

forest-cli attach --exec "syncStatus().ActiveSyncs[0].Epoch"

Or print wallet default address:

forest-cli attach --exec "console.log(walletDefaultAddress())"



Forest console comes with a number of helper functions that make interacting with Filecoin API easy:

  • showPeers()
  • getPeer(peerID)
  • disconnectPeers(count)
  • isPeerConnected(peerID)
  • showWallet()
  • showSyncStatus()
  • sendFIL(to, amount) (default amount unit is FIL)


In addition, to support part of the JavaScript language, the console also provides implementation for sleep(seconds) timer and a tipset based timer, sleepTipsets(epochs), which sleeps till the number of new tipsets added is equal to or greater than epochs.


CommonJS modules is the way to package JavaScript code for Forest console. You can import modules using the require function:

forest-cli attach --exec "const Math = require('calc'); console.log(Math.add(39,3))"

where calc.js is:

module.exports = {
  add: function (a, b) {
    return a + b;
  multiply: function (a, b) {
    return a * b;

By default modules will be loaded from the current directory. Use --jspath flag to indicate another path.


Forest's console is built using Boa Javascript engine. It does support promises or async functions, but keep in mind that Boa is not fully compatible with ECMAScript yet.

Not every endpoint from the Filecoin API has been bound to the console. Please create an issue if you need one that is not available.