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Using Taqueria on an Existing Project

Taqueria can be added to existing Tezos projects. This tutorial will guide you through the process of adding Taqueria to an existing project called Hello Tacos

The Hello Tacos starter, like most Tezos projects, requires the developer to install, manage, and run commands on a variety of frameworks and tools in order to accomplish things like compiling smart contracts, running tests, managing sandboxes, and originating contracts on the blockchain. Taqueria manages these tasks and tools for you, providing a simple interface to turbocharge your development process

This tutorial will walk you through the steps of adding Taqueria to an existing project and using Taqueria plugins to compile, test, and deploy smart contracts to a local sandbox and testnet environments

Things you will accomplish:

  • Add and initialize Taqueria on the project
  • Install Taqueria plugins for LIGO, Flextesa, and Taquito
  • Configure sandboxes, networks, and Environments
  • Refactor tests to use Taqueria's powerful tools
  • Use the Taqueria State API to link your smart contracts to your dApp

This tutorial is a work in progress. Future updates will include:

  • Native Taqueria testing (Taqueria Jest plugin)
  • Passing the deployed contract address to the React dApp via the State API
  • Deploying the contract using Taqueria operations
  • Targeting a specific network for contract deployment and testing (sandboxes and testnets)
  • Deploying the contract to mainnet


  • Taqueria v0.3.0 or later
  • Node.js v16.3 or later
  • Docker v0.9 or later


Hello Tacos is a hello world type project that demonstrates a simple full stack Tezos dApp. The dApp is composed of a simple React app that interacts with a smart contract written in the LIGO language and uses Beacon Wallet to connect to browser based wallets. The smart contract stores a value for the number of available tacos and provides a function to buy tacos

Scaffolding the Starter Project

The first step is to scaffold the Hello Tacos starter project using the taq scaffold task. Open up a terminal and run the following command:

taq scaffold hello-tacos

This will clone the project into a directory called hello-tacos. Change into that directory by running:

cd hello-tacos

Exploring the project

This starter project is a Tezos project that does not use Taqueria. The front end dApp is a React app which requires it's companion smart contract to be deployed to the blockchain, and the address of the originated contract to be hardcoded into the React app manually

The project structure looks like this:

  • /app - This is the React dApp
  • /contracts - This folder contains the LIGO smart contract
  • /tests - This folder contains the automated tests

The workflow for a legacy Tezos project like this requires a significant amount of manual work to get sandboxes up and running, and to compile and originate the contract. Doing this would involve running shell commands such as:

  • ligo compile-contract ./contract/hello-tacos.mligo main
  • docker run --rm --name hangzhou-sandbox --detach -p 20000:20000 tqtezos/flextesa:20211119 hangzbox start

Taqueria will take care of all of this for you with simple tasks and a centralized configuration!

Taq'ifying the Project

To make the project a Taqueria project, run the following command from the root of the project:

taq init

This creates the following directory structure and initializes the config.json and ephemeral state for the project

  • /.taq - This hidden folder stores the Taqueria configuration and state
  • /app - This is the React dApp
  • /contracts - This folder contains the LIGO smart contracts
  • /tests - This folder contains the automated tests
  • /artifacts - This folder contains the compiled Michelson .tz contracts

Installing Dependencies for the Project

With the project initialized, you can now install dependencies by running:

npm install

Installing Plugins

This project requires the following plugins to be installed:

  • LIGO - Provides the compiler needed to compile the LIGO smart contract
  • Flextesa - Provides a sandbox (Tezos node that runs on your machine) for testing
  • Taquito - Used to originate the smart contract on the sandbox or a testnet
  • Jest - Used to run the automated tests

To install these plugins, run the following three commands:

taq install @taqueria/plugin-ligo
taq install @taqueria/plugin-flextesa
taq install @taqueria/plugin-taquito
taq install @taqueria/plugin-jest

To confirm this was successful, you can run the taq command and ensure you see the compile, originate, test, and start sandbox tasks listed

Deploying the Contract to a Sandbox

The first step when working with contracts is to add them to the contract registry. This scaffold has one Ligo contract hello-tacos.mligo. To register the contract, run:

taq add-contract hello-tacos.mligo

This will add the contract to the registry which will allow Taqueria to compile, originate, and track the contract

Next, compile and originate the contract to a local sandbox using Taqueria tasks

To register and compile the ligo contract, run the following commands:

taq add-contract hello-tacos.mligo
taq compile

This will compile all registered contracts. The compiled contract will be stored in the artifacts directory

Next, start up a Flextesa using the default configuration by running:

taq start sandbox local

This will start a Flextesa instance running on http://localhost:20000 and will create the accounts defined in the accounts property of config.json


This task will update the config.json file with the sandbox specific accounts in the accounts property of the sandbox object

You will need to add storage for the contracts in the config.json file within the environment section. You can read more about it here

Once the sandbox is running, you can deploy the contract by running:

taq originate

This will originate the contract using the default environment which targets the sandbox named local that was started above

Taqueria will output the address of the originated contract to the console as seen here:

│ Contract │ Address │ Destination │
│ │ KT1VAufHWYaxkXgBjdTtXE5fJMe2ieDWS4dp │ local

Copy this address, then open the file /app/src/App.tsx

On line 29, replace the address with the one you just copied as seen here:

  const [contractAddress, setContractAddress] = useState(

Updating Tests to Use Taqueria

The project has some Jest tests written in the tests folder. These tests can be refactored to use configuration values from Taqueria and the Taqueria Jest plugin to run the tests

Open the hello-tacos.test.js file in the tests folder. You can see the tests reference hardcoded values:

const contractCode = require("../contract/contract.json");

describe("JavaScript tests for Hello Tacos contract", () => {
let Tezos;
let signer;
let helloTacosAddress;
const alice = {
sk: "edsk3QoqBuvdamxouPhin7swCvkQNgq4jP5KZPbwWNnwdZpSpJiEbq",
pk: "tz1VSUr8wwNhLAzempoch5d6hLRiTh8Cjcjb"
const bob = {
sk: "edsk3RFfvaFaxbHx8BMtEW1rKQcPtDML3LXjNqMNLCzC3wLC1bWbAt",
pk: "tz1aSkwEot3L2kmUvcoxzjMomb9mvBNuzFK6"
const rpcUrl = "http://localhost:20000";

Import the Taqueria config.json file and assign the accounts and RPC URL to the relavent properties in the config file as shown here:

const config = require('../.taq/config.json')

describe("JavaScript tests for Hello Tacos contract", () => {
let Tezos;
let signer;
let helloTacosAddress;
const {alice} = config.sandbox.local.accounts
const {bob} = config.sandbox.local.accounts
const {rpcUrl} = config.sandbox.local
const originalNrOfTacos = 100;

In Taqueria's .taq/config.json, sandbox acounts are instantited based on the accounts defined in the accounts property of config.json. Once a sandbox is started, the accounts are created and added to the accounts property of the sandbox property as seen here:

"sandbox": {
"local": {
"accounts": {
"default": "bob",
"bob": {
"initialBalance": "3000000000",
"keys": {
"alias": "bob",
"encryptedKey": "edpkurPsQ8eUApnLUJ9ZPDvu98E8VNj4KtJa1aZr16Cr5ow5VHKnz4",
"publicKeyHash": "tz1aSkwEot3L2kmUvcoxzjMomb9mvBNuzFK6",
"secretKey": "unencrypted:edsk3RFfvaFaxbHx8BMtEW1rKQcPtDML3LXjNqMNLCzC3wLC1bWbAt"
"alice": {
"initialBalance": "2000000000",
"keys": {
"alias": "alice",
"encryptedKey": "edpkvGfYw3LyB1UcCahKQk4rF2tvbMUk8GFiTuMjL75uGXrpvKXhjn",
"publicKeyHash": "tz1VSUr8wwNhLAzempoch5d6hLRiTh8Cjcjb",
"secretKey": "unencrypted:edsk3QoqBuvdamxouPhin7swCvkQNgq4jP5KZPbwWNnwdZpSpJiEbq"
"rpcUrl": "http://localhost:20000"

As such, there are a few other references that need to be updated:

The Signer

On line 18 you can see the signer variable is assigned the alice account. This is the account that will be used to sign the transaction

signer = new InMemorySigner(;

Change this to reference the secret key of the alice account as shown below:


Taquito requires that the unencrypted key not have a prefix

signer = new InMemorySigner(alice.secretKey.replace(/unencrypted:/, ''));

The Transfer operation

On line 20, you can see where the transfer operation is defined:

const op = await Tezos.contract.transfer({ to:, amount: 1 });

This also needs to reference the account in the local sandbox as seen here:

const op = await Tezos.contract.transfer({ to: bob.publicKeyHash, amount: 1 });

Using the Jest plugin

The Taqueria Jest plugin can be used to configure and run the tests. First you initialize the tests directory as a partition by running the command:

taq test --init

Now that the tests directory is a partition, you can run the tests by running the command:

taq test

You should see the tests run and pass