a typed REST/WS Node.JS client for the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange

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node-kraken-api is a typed REST/WS Node.JS client for the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange.
This is an unofficial API. Please refer to the official documentation for up-to-date information.
WebSocket API Docs:


  • Fully typed REST and WS responses and options.
- REST methods/comments are generated from the official OpenAPI specifications file. - WS methods/comments are sourced from the official WebSockets 1.8.3 documentation. - Note:
- All named response properties are optional and nullable unless explicitly marked required in the documentation.
  • RetrieveExport (binary endpoint); see the example.
  • Full WS orderbook mirroring and checksum validation.

CHANGELOG | Synopsis | Usage | Code | | --- | --- | --- | --- |


The entire project has been completely rewritten using TypeScript and many features have changed.
If you're upgrading, please review the changes and upgrade guide below.


  • Complete WS 1.8.3 functionality
  • Typings
  • New REST methods


  • Custom response parsing (Settings.parse, Settings.dataFormatter)
- To ensure type consistency, it is best to leave parsing to the user. - Used only for the deprecated .call() function.
  • Method name settings (Settings.pubMethods, Settings.privMethods)
- Previously, settings were used to differentiate between public and private methods rather than requiring the user to specify for each call. - Instead, named requests are provided to hard-code these differences. - Used only for the deprecated .call() function.
  • .call()
- Replaced by .request() and the named REST methods.


  • Ratelimiting (Settings.limiter and Settings.tier)
- The aim of this API is to maximize clear and accurate communication with the server; ratelimiting makes assumptions about the client setup and should be left to the user.
  • REST retries (Settings.retryCt)
- This was originally included due to the occasional nonce and timeout error.
- _To reduce this possibility, increase your API key nonce window and the `.timeout` setting._
  • REST syncing (Settings.syncIntervals)
- With the introduction of the WebSocket connection, REST syncing is no longer required for many data sources.
- _For all other sources, simply use an asynchronous loop._
  • Server Settings (Settings.hostname, Settings.version)
- These values should be constants.
  • OTP value setting (Settings.otp and .setOTP())
- Replaced by Settings.genotp
  • Direct construction using module.exports()
- Changed to class export for modern standards.


  • Errors have changed to named classes. Please review the synopsis.

Upgrade Guide

  1. Replace all calls to .call() with the corresponding named method or .request().
- _Make sure to view the expected response types; they have changed since 0.4.1._
  1. Replace all sync instances with an async loop that requests every few seconds.
- _If you are syncing one of the endpoints provided by WS, use that instead._
  1. Ensure that your REST calls are not being made too quickly.
- _Ratelimiting has been removed; you may encounter server errors if you were relying on the limiter._
- _See the rate limits [documentation](
  1. Increase your api key nonce window if you're getting invalid nonce errors.
- _Calls may now be performed concurrently (global queueing is removed)._
  1. Remove calls to .setOTP() and Settings.otp; provide .genotp in the settings.
  2. Review the error classes; if you were parsing errors you will need to update your catch statements.
- _Note: calls are no longer automatically retried `retryCt` times._
  1. If you're constructing using module.exports (e.g. const kraken = require('node-kraken-api')({...})), you will need to use the module.exports.Kraken class instead: import { Kraken } from "node-kraken-api"; const kraken = new Kraken({...});


Minor changes to the Emitter class.


  • Kraken.Emitter moved to its own package and improved; filters now pass on type assertion result to listeners.
- This changed the signature for event filtering:
- _`(...args: <type>[]) => boolean` -> `(args: [<type>, <type>, ...]) => args is [<subtype>, <subtype>, ...]`_


  • Kraken.Emitter







npm i --save node-kraken-api

import { Kraken } from "node-kraken-api";


new Kraken({
  /** REST API key. */
  key?: string;
  /** REST API secret. */
  secret?: string;
  /** REST API OTP generator. */
  genotp?: () => string;
   * Nonce generator (the default is ms time with an incrementation guarantee).
   * Note: Some other APIs use a spoofed microsecond time. If you are using an
   *       API key used by one of those APIs then you will need to use a custom
   *       nonce generator (e.g. () => * 1000). See _GENNONCE for the
   *       default generation logic.
  gennonce?: () => number;
  /** Connection timeout (default 1000). */
  timeout?: number;



const kraken = new Kraken();

const { unixtime } = await kraken.time();
const { XXBT }     = await kraken.assets();
const ticker       = await kraken.ticker({ pair: "XXBTZUSD" })


const kraken = new Kraken({ key: "...", secret: "..." });

const { txid } = await kraken.addOrder({
  pair:      "XXBTZUSD",
  type:      "buy",
  ordertype: "limit",
  price:     "65432.1",
  volume:    "1",

If your key requires an OTP, provide a generator:
const kraken = new Kraken({ key: "...", secret: "...", genotp: () => "..." });

RetrieveExport is the only method that promises a buffer:
const kraken = new Kraken({ key: "...", secret: "..." });

const buf = await kraken.retrieveExport({ id: "FOOB" })
fs.writeFileSync("", buf)


  • All WebSocket subscriptions and requests are located within .ws.
- and .ws.priv provides ping, heartbeat, systemStatus, and general error monitoring.
  • Automatically connects to the socket when server data is requested.
- See and Kraken.WS.Connection.close() for manual connection management.
  • Subscription methods return a Kraken.Subscriber object that manages subscriptions for a given name and options.


const kraken = new Kraken();

const trade = await
  .on('update', (update, pair)  => console.log(update, pair))
  .on('status', (status)        => console.log(status))
  .on('error',  (error, pair)   => console.log(error, pair))
  // .subscribe() never rejects! rely on the 'error' and 'status' events

const book100 = await{depth: 100})
  // live book construction from "snapshot", "ask", and "bid" events.
  .on("mirror", (mirror, pair) => console.log(mirror, pair))
  .on("error",  (error,  pair) => console.log(error,  pair))
  // resubscribes if there is a checksum validation issue (emits statuses).
  .on("status", (status)       => console.log(status)
  .subscribe("XBT/USD", "ETH/USD"); // subscribe to multiple pairs at once

// unsubscribe from one or more subscriptions
// .unsubscribe() never rejects! rely on the 'error' and 'status' events
await book100.unsubscribe('XBT/ETH');


const kraken = new Kraken({ key: "...", secret: "..." });

const { token } = await kraken.getWebSocketsToken();

const orders ={ token: token! })
  .on("update", (update, sequence) => console.log(update, sequence))

await orders.unsubscribe();

// The token does not expire while the subscription is active, but if you wish
// to resubscribe after unsubscribing you may need to call .ws.openOrders() again.


Testing is performed by @jpcx/testts.
To run tests:
  • Save an auth.json file with your key and secret: { key: string, secret: string }
- Please ensure that this key has readonly permissions.
  • Run npm test in the main directory.


Contribution is welcome! Given the amount of typings in this project, there may be discrepancies so please raise an issue or create a pull request.
Also, I am US-based and can't access the futures API; if you have access and want to contribute let me know!


Justin Collier - jpcx
msg: node-kraken-api
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Inspired by npm-kraken-api (nothingisdead).


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details