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The LIGO plugin provides a task to compile LIGO smart contracts to Michelson .tz files


  • Taqueria v0.8.0 or later
  • Node.js v16.3 or later
  • Docker v0.8.4 or later


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

taq install @taqueria/plugin-ligo

The taq compile Task

Basic usage is:

taq compile <filename>

The compile task can be implemented by more than one compiler plugin installed on a project (LIGO, Archetype, SmartPy). If this is the case, you must use the --plugin ligo flag to specify a particular compiler

Basic description

The LIGO plugin exposes a compile task in Taqueria which can target one LIGO contract in the contracts folder and compile them to a Michelson .tz file output to the /artifacts folder.

A frictionless smart contract development workflow

Our LIGO plugin introduces a smart contract development workflow by means of two simple file naming formats.

Suppose you have a contract named hello.mligo and you create a file in the same directory as the contract with the naming format of CONTRACT.storages.EXT, where CONTRACT is the name of the contract this storages file is associated with and EXT must match the extension of the associated contract. In our case, the former is hello and the latter is mligo, so it'd be named hello.storages.mligo.

You can define a list of LIGO variables in hello.storages.mligo in the form of let VARIABLE_NAME: STORAGE_TYPE = EXPRESSION (explicit typing is optional but recommended) and the expressions will be treated as initial storage values for hello.mligo.


Note that the form is actually mligo code. Variable definitions in other syntax variants will differ.

Similarly with hello.parameters.mligo but in the form of let VARIABLE_NAME: PARAMETER_TYPE = EXPRESSION.

taq compile hello.storages.mligo will compile each definition in hello.storages.mligo and will produce a Michelson .tz file that contains the storage value, as a Michelson expression, for each of them. If the name of a variable is storage1, then its emitted Michelson file will be named For taq compile hello.parameters.mligo, the name will be if there's a variable named param1 defined in hello.parameters.mligo.

Furthermore, the first variable definition in hello.storages.mligo will be treated as the default storage and will produce a Michelson file named instead. The deploy task from the Taquito plugin will take advantage of this. Go to that plugin documentation to learn how.

Lastly, taq compile hello.mligo will compile hello.mligo and emit Then it'll look for hello.storages.mligo and hello.parameters.mligo and compile them too if they are found.


Make sure you name it hello.storages.mligo and not (note the extra s).


None for now.

The taq test Task

Basic usage is:

taq test <filename>

Basic description

This task tests the LIGO source code and ouputs a result suggesting a failure or success. Normally you'd have a contract file and a separate test file that includes the contract's code, both within the /contracts directory.

For example, refer to the following 2 code snippets:

type storage = int

type parameter =
Increment of int
| Decrement of int
| Reset

type return = operation list * 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 =
([] : operation list), // No operations
(match action with
Increment (n) -> add (store, n)
| Decrement (n) -> sub (store, n)
| Reset -> 0)
#include "counter.mligo"

let initial_storage = 42

let test_initial_storage =
let (taddr, _, _) = Test.originate main initial_storage 0tez in
assert (Test.get_storage taddr = initial_storage)

let test_increment =
let (taddr, _, _) = Test.originate main initial_storage 0tez in
let contr = Test.to_contract taddr in
let _ = Test.transfer_to_contract_exn contr (Increment 1) 1mutez in
assert (Test.get_storage taddr = initial_storage + 1)

By running taq test testCounter.mligo, you should get the following:

│ Contract │ Test Results │
│ testCounter.mligo │ Everything at the top-level was executed. │
│ │ - test_initial_storage exited with value (). │
│ │ - test_increment exited with value (). │
│ │ │
│ │ 🎉 All tests passed 🎉 │

Template creation

The LIGO plugin also exposes a contract template via the taq create contract <contractName> task. This task will create a new LIGO contract in the contracts directory, insert some boilerplate LIGO contract code and will register the contract with Taqueria

The create contract Template

The create contract task is used to create a new LIGO contract from a template. Running this task will create a new LIGO smart contract in the contracts directory, insert boilerplate contract code and will register that contract with Taqueria

taq create contract <contractName>

The create contract task takes a filename a required positional argument. The filename must end with a LIGO extension (.jsligo, .mligo, etc)

Plugin Architecture

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

Docker is used under the hood to provide a self contained environment for Archetype to prevent the need for it to be installed on the user's local machine