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This quickstart guide will teach you the fundamentals of using Taqueria in 10 minutes by going through the process of running some basic tasks in Taqueria from the CLI

What you will accomplish:

  • Initialize a new Taqueria project
  • Install plugins for LIGO, Flextesa, and Taquito
  • Compile a LIGO smart contract
  • Start a local Flextesa sandbox
  • Originate the compiled smart contract to the sandbox


To successfully follow this guide, you must ensure that:

  • The Taqueria CLI has been installed and is available in your $PATH
  • Docker 0.8 (or later) is installed and currently running
  • Node.js v16.x (or later) is installed

The Taqueria VS Code Extension provides direct access to Taqueria tasks from the command palette. Under the hood, the VS Code Extension makes calls to the CLI, so you can be assured the behaviour of tasks will remain consistent regardless of wether they are executed from a terminal or the command palette. The steps in this guide are for using the Taqueria CLI, but you can also run the commands from the Taqueria extension via the VS Code command palette if you prefer

Starting a Taqueria Project

There are two things required to start using Taqueria on a project

First, the project must have been initialized by Taqueria. This process creates a hidden directory ./.taq inside the project directory that contains the configuration and state files required by Taqueria, and ensures the required directories /contracts, /artifacts, and /tests have been created

Taqueria provides the command init which will create a new directory with the correct structure and configuration. To create a new Taqueria project called my-first-project, run the command:

taq init my-first-project

If a project has already been initialized, Taqueria will not re-initialize the project, but will still return a success message. This will be fixed in an upcoming release

Next, the project directory must be initialized as an NPM project as all current plugins implemented as NPM packages. To do this, first change directories:

cd my-first-project

Then initialize the directory as an NPM project:

npm init -y

Working with Plugins

Now that the project has been properly initialized, plugins can be installed to provide support for specific functionality such as compilation, smart contract origination, or sandbox environments

Plugins are installed using the taq install command which appears in the command list once a project is initialized. You can view the list of commands available in the current project contexts by running taq --help from the CLI:

❯ taq --help
taq <command>

taq init [projectDir] Initialize a new project
taq scaffold [scaffoldUrl] [scaffoldP Generate a new project using a pre
rojectDir] -configured scaffold
taq install <pluginName> Install a plugin
taq uninstall <pluginName> Uninstall a plugin

Once a plugin has been installed, you will see the additional commands provided by the plugin added to the list

Compiling a LIGO Smart Contract

To add support for the LIGO smart contract language, install the LIGO plugin by running:

taq install @taqueria/plugin-ligo

Once installed, the plugin provides the command taq compile which when run, will look for any LIGO files in the /contracts directory and compile them to Michelson .tz files in the /artifacts directory

To demonstrate this, create a file called counter.jsligo in the /contracts directory and insert the following JSLigo code:

type storage = int;

type parameter =
| ["Increment", int]
| ["Decrement", int]
| ["Reset"];

type return_ = [list <operation>, storage];

/* Two entrypoints */
let add = ([store, delta] : [storage, int]) : storage => store + delta;
let sub = ([store, delta] : [storage, int]) : storage => store - delta;

/* Main access point that dispatches to the entrypoints according to
the smart contract parameter. */
let main = ([action, store] : [parameter, storage]) : return_ => {
return [
(list([]) as list <operation>), // No operations
(match (action, {
Increment: (n: int) => add ([store, n]),
Decrement: (n: int) => sub ([store, n]),
Reset: () => 0}))

You can now compile this contract by running the following command from the project directory:

taq compile

Taqueria will then output a list of contracts compiled, and the artifacts created:

❯ taq compile                     
│ Contract │ Artifact │
│ counter.jsligo │ artifacts/ │

If you open this file (/artifacts/, you can view the raw Michelson code which will later be originated to the sandbox:

{ parameter (or (or (int %decrement) (int %increment)) (unit %reset)) ;
storage int ;
code { UNPAIR ;
IF_LEFT { IF_LEFT { SWAP ; SUB } { ADD } } { DROP 2 ; PUSH int 0 } ;
NIL operation ;
PAIR } }

Starting a Flextesa Sandbox

The next step is to install the Flextesa plugin which provides a local Tezos sandbox network:

taq install @taqueria/plugin-flextesa

Once installed, the plugin provides three commands to start, stop, and query a sandbox:

  • taq start sandbox [sandboxName]
  • taq stop sandbox [sandboxName]
  • taq list accounts [sandboxName]

Sandboxes are configured in the project's Taqueria configuration file (./.taq/config.json). Each named sandbox configuration can then be called from the CLI. By default, every Taqueria project comes pre-configured with a sandbox named local

Start up the sandbox named local by running:

taq start sandbox local

To confirm the sandbox is running, query the sandbox for the account information:

taq list accounts local

If successful, you will see a list of the accounts and balances specified in the config.json file that have been created on the Tezos blockchain in the sandbox:

❯ taq list accounts local
│ Account │ Balance │ Address │
│ bob │ 3000 ꜩ │ tz1aSkwEot3L2kmUvcoxzjMomb9mvBNuzFK6 │
│ alice │ 2000 ꜩ │ tz1VSUr8wwNhLAzempoch5d6hLRiTh8Cjcjb │
│ john │ 4000 ꜩ │ tz1Zwoh1QCVAvJ4sVTojMp9pLYp6Ji4NoZy6 │
│ jane │ 5000 ꜩ │ tz1aHUAC4oviwJuZF1EvVSvFz7cu9KMNYBph │
│ joe │ 1000 ꜩ │ tz1MVGjgD1YtAPwohsSfk8i3ZiT1yEGM2YXB │

Originating a Contract with Taquito

With a sandbox now running, the next step is to originate the file to the sandbox network using the Taquito plugin

First, install the plugin:

taq install @taqueria/plugin-taquito

Next, you need to configure some values for origination:

  • The initial storage for the smart contract
  • The name of the sandbox to target (by default it is pre-configured to the sandbox named local)

    As the default configuration comes with the sandbox named local preconfigured, simply provide a value for the initial storage in the "storage" property

To set these values in Taqueria, navigate to the file ./.taq/config.json and locate the "environment" property. For the contract, simply need to provide an integer value for the file which looks like this:

    "environment": {
"default": "development",
"development": {
"networks": [],
"sandboxes": [
"storage": {
"": 42

Now you can originate the contract by running:

taq originate

This will originate all contracts in the /artifacts directory to the sandbox and return the on-chain addresses of the originated contracts. This will look something like this:

│ Contract │ Address │ Destination │
│ │ KT1Ayz8qos7G4U3Jucp6QWoM7ayhbShNXcat │ local │

Finishing Up

Congratulations! At this point, you have run through the basic usage of Taqueria including:

  • Initializing a new Taqueria project
  • Installing plugins for LIGO, Flextesa, and Taquito
  • Compiling a LIGO smart contract
  • Starting and querying a local Flextesa sandbox
  • Originating a compiled smart contract to the sandbox

For more details on the usage of specific Taqueria tasks, you can refer to the plugin documentation which contains additional context, configuration, and usage of the many Taqueria tasks; or continue on with the getting started guides