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Flextesa Plugin

Flextesa is a flexible Tezos sandbox environment that's easy to work with. It runs a Tezos node and network in a Docker container on your local machine

This plugin provides the ability to easily configure and run Flextesa sandbox instances within Taqueria that you can use for development and testing


With the Flextesa plugin you configure various sandboxes for use in Taqueria that you can start, stop, and query from the CLI or VS Code command palette

Some helpful things to know:

  • Multiple sandboxes can be configured and run concurrently
  • You can configure the Tezos protocol for each sandbox to test against current, and future network upgrades
  • Accounts and balances are pre-configured per-sandbox and do not persist their state
  • Accounts and balances will be re-initialized each time they are started
  • Sandboxes can be added to Taqueria environments and then targeted from the CLI using the --env [envName] option


  • Node.js v16 or later
  • Docker v0.8.4 or later


The Flextesa plugin is distributed as an NPM package that can be installed and uninstalled on a project from the Taqueria CLI

To install the Flextesa plugin on a Taqueria project, navigate to the project folder and run:

taq install @taqueria/plugin-flextesa

Once installed, you can confirm functionality by runing the command taq start sandbox which will start a sandbox with the default local configuration


The project you install it on must be initialized by NPM. This only needs to be done once on a project and is accomplished by running the command:

npm init -y

CLI Commands

The Flextesa plugin allows you to start, stop, and query the sandboxes configured in ./.taq/config.json from the CLI

The following commands are available from the CLI or the VS Code Command palette:

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

The first time you start a sandbox, it might take several minutes to start. This is expected behaviour as it takes time to download the flextesa docker image to your computer

Plugin Configuration

Configuration is done in the project's ./.taq/config.json file. Here you can configure additonal named sandboxes and add them to environments

Sandbox configurations are stored as key/value pairs in the sandbox property. In this example there is one sandbox configuration named local:

    "sandbox": {
"local": {
"accounts": {
"default": "bob",
"bob": {
"initialBalance": "3000000000"
"alice": {
"initialBalance": "2000000000"
"john": {
"initialBalance": "4000000000"
"jane": {
"initialBalance": "5000000000"
"joe": {
"initialBalance": "1000000000"
"label": "Local Tezos Sandbox",
"protocol": "PtHangz2aRngywmSRGGvrcTyMbbdpWdpFKuS4uMWxg2RaH9i1qx",
"rpcUrl": "http://localhost:20000"

Adding a New Sandbox Configuration

Sandbox configurations are added as key/value pairs to the main sandbox object using the format:

sandboxName : { sandboxConfigObject }

Inside the sandboxConfigObject, there are four properties you can configure:


A list of accounts and balances to provision at startup of the Flextesa image and a default value. Accounts are added as key/value pairs following the pattern accountName : { initialBalance: '3000000000'}


An arbitrary string used to describe a particular configuration


A string value which accepts valid Tezos protocol hashes. This value will configure the sandbox to run a particular version of the Tezos network which can be used for testing upcoming network changes

Currently availble protocols are:

  • Hangzhou PtHangz2aRngywmSRGGvrcTyMbbdpWdpFKuS4uMWxg2RaH9i1qx
  • Ithaca Psithaca2MLRFYargivpo7YvUr7wUDqyxrdhC5CQq78mRvimz6A


A string which corresponds to the local URL you would like the sandbox to run on

Adding a Sandbox to a Taqueria Environment

Once created, sandboxes can be added to environments by adding the sandboxName to the sandboxes list in the environment as shown here:

    environment: {
default: 'development',
development: {
networks: [],
sandboxes: [
storage: {},

Plugin Architecture

This is a plugin developed for Taqueria built on NodeJS using the Taqueria Node SDK

Flextesa Plugin Task Registry

The start sandbox Task

task'start sandbox'
command'start sandbox [sandboxName]'
aliases['start flextesa']

The stop sandbox Task

task'stop sandbox'
command'stop sandbox [sandboxName]'
aliases['stop flextesa']

The list accounts Task

task'list accounts'
command'list accounts [sandboxName]'
aliases[ ]