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Atomic Transaction Composer

Constructing atomic transactions requires building up the set of transactions, assigning a group id, and then signing the transactions. While this is not a difficult thing to do on its own, it can be made more difficult if one of the transactions is an Application Call to an ABI compliant application. This is because the arguments passed to the application call must be properly encoded and may include transactions or accounts that are part of the application call or group.

The Atomic Transaction Composer is a convenient way to build out an atomic group of transactions that handles encoding and decoding of ABI arguments and return values.


The following code examples are snippits to demonstrate usage. The full code for the below snippits is available here.

Create Atomic Transaction Composer

To use the Atomic Transaction Composer, first initialize the composer:

from algosdk.atomic_transaction_composer import AtomicTransactionComposer

atc = AtomicTransactionComposer()
import algosdk from 'algosdk'

const atc = new algosdk.AtomicTransactionComposer()
    import ""
    var atc = transaction.AtomicTransactionComposer{}
    AtomicTransactionComposer atc = new AtomicTransactionComposer();

Add individual transactions

Individual transactions being passed to the composer must be wrapped in a TransactionWithSigner. This allows some conveniences we'll see later on.

Constructing a Transaction with Signer and adding it to the transaction composer can be done as follows:


addr, sk = get_account()

# Create signer object
signer = AccountTransactionSigner(sk)

# Get suggested params from the client
sp = client.suggested_params()

# Create a transaction
ptxn = PaymentTxn(addr, sp, addr, 10000)

# Construct TransactionWithSigner
tws = TransactionWithSigner(ptxn, signer)

# Pass TransactionWithSigner to ATC
// ...

// Returns Account object
const acct = get_account()

// Create signer object
const signer = algosdk.makeBasicAccountTransactionSigner(acct)

// Get suggested params from the client
const sp = await client.getTransactionParams().do()

// Create a transaction
const ptxn = new Transaction({
    from: acct.addr,
    to: acct.addr, 
    amount: 10000,

// Construct TransactionWithSigner
const tws = {txn: ptxn, signer: signer}

// Pass TransactionWithSigner to ATC
// ...

// Returns Account 
acct, _ := GetAccount()

// Create signer object
signer := transaction.BasicAccountTransactionSigner{Account: acct}

// Get suggested params from client
sp, _ := client.SuggestedParams().Do(context.Background())

// Create a transaction
ptxn, _ := transaction.MakePaymentTxn(acct.Address.String(), acct.Address.String(), 10000, nil, "", sp)

// Construct TransactionWithSigner
tws := transaction.TransactionWithSigner{Txn: txn, Signer: signer}

// Pass TransactionWithSigner to atc

// ...

// Returns Account 
Account acct = getAccount();

// Create signer object
TxnSigner signer = acct.getTransactionSigner();

// Get suggested params from client
Response<TransactionParametersResponse> rsp = client.TransactionParams().execute();
TransactionParametersResponse sp = rsp.body();

// Create a transaction
Transaction ptxn = PaymentTransactionBuilder.Builder().amount(10000).suggestedParams(sp)

// Construct TransactionWithSigner
TransactionWithSigner tws = new TransactionWithSigner(ptxn, signer);

// Pass TransactionWithSigner to atc

The call to add a transaction may be performed multiple times, each time adding a new transaction to the atomic group. Recall that a maximum of 16 transactions may be included in a single group.

Calling ABI Methods

When calling an ABI compliant application, the Atomic Transaction Composer will handle encoding and decoding of the arguments passed and the return value. It will also make sure that any reference types are packed into the transaction group appropriately. Additionally, since it knows the method signature and types required, it will do some type checking to make sure the arguments passed are valid for the method call.

In order to call the methods, a Contract or Interface is constructed. Typically this will be done using a json file that describes the api for the application.

Once the Contract object is constructed, it can be used to look up and pass method objects into the Atomic Transaction Composers add_method_call

from algosdk.abi import Contract

with open("path/to/contract.json") as f:
    js =
c = Contract.from_json(js)

# Using the app id from the "sandnet" network, which is hardcoded in the json file
app_id = c.networks[genesis_hash].app_id

# Utility function to get the Method object for a given method name
def get_method(name: str) -> Method:
    for m in c.methods:
        if == name:
            return m
    raise Exception("No method with the name {}".format(name))

# Simple call to the `add` method, method_args can be any type but _must_ 
# match those in the method signature of the contract
atc.add_method_call(app_id, get_method("add"), addr, sp, signer, method_args=[1,1])

# This method requires a `transaction` as its second argument. Construct the transaction and pass it in as an argument.
# The ATC will handle adding it to the group transaction and setting the reference in the application arguments.
ptxn = PaymentTxn(addr, sp, addr, 10000)
txn = TransactionWithSigner(ptxn, signer)
atc.add_method_call(app_id, get_method("txntest"), addr, sp, signer, method_args=[10000, txn, 1000])
// Read in the local contract.json file
const buff = fs.readFileSync("path/to/contract.json")

// Parse the json file into an object, pass it to create an ABIContract object
const contract = new algosdk.ABIContract(JSON.parse(buff.toString()))

// Utility function to return an ABIMethod by its name
function getMethodByName(name: string): algosdk.ABIMethod  {
    const m = contract.methods.find((mt: algosdk.ABIMethod)=>{ return })
    if(m === undefined)
        throw Error("Method undefined: "+name)
    return m

const commonParams = {
    signer: algosdk.makeBasicAccountTransactionSigner(acct)

// Simple call to the `add` method, method_args can be any type but _must_ 
// match those in the method signature of the contract
    method: getMethodByName("add"), methodArgs: [1,1], ...commonParams

// This method requires a `transaction` as its second argument. Construct the transaction and pass it in as an argument.
// The ATC will handle adding it to the group transaction and setting the reference in the application arguments.
txn = {
    txn: new Transaction({ from: acct.addr, to: acct.addr, amount: 10000, ...sp }),
    signer: algosdk.makeBasicAccountTransactionSigner(acct)
    method: getMethodByName("txntest"), 
    methodArgs: [ 10000, txn, 1000 ], 
// Read in contract json file and marshal into Contract
f, _ := os.Open("path/to/contract.json")
b, _ := ioutil.ReadAll(f)
contract := &abi.Contract{}
_ = json.Unmarshal(b, contract)

// Utility function to get a Method given the name 
func getMethod(c *abi.Contract, name string) (abi.Method, error) {
    for _, m = range c.Methods {
        if m.Name == name {
            return m, nil
    return abi.Method{}, fmt.Errorf("No method named: %s", name)

func combine(mcp transaction.AddMethodCallParams, m abi.Method, a []interface{}) transaction.AddMethodCallParams {
    mcp.Method = m
    mcp.MethodArgs = a
    return mcp

mcp := transaction.AddMethodCallParams{
    AppID:           contract.Networks[genesis_hash].AppID,
    Sender:          acct.Address,
    SuggestedParams: sp,
    OnComplete:      types.NoOpOC,
    Signer:          signer,

// Simple call to the `add` method, method_args can be any type but _must_ 
// match those in the method signature of the contract
atc.AddMethodCall(combine(mcp, getMethod(contract, "add"), []interface{}{1, 1}))

// This method requires a `transaction` as its second argument. Construct the transaction and pass it in as an argument.
// The ATC will handle adding it to the group transaction and setting the reference in the application arguments.
txn, _ := transaction.MakePaymentTxn(acct.Address.String(), acct.Address.String(), 10000, nil, "", sp)
stxn := transaction.TransactionWithSigner{Txn: txn, Signer: signer}
atc.AddMethodCall(combine(mcp, getMethod(contract, "txntest"), []interface{}{10000, stxn, 1000}))
    // Utility function to return an ABIMethod by its name
    public static Method getMethodByName(String name, Contract contract) throws Exception {
        Optional<Method> m = ->;
        return m.orElseThrow(() -> new Exception("Method undefined: " + name));

    // ...

    List<String> lines = Files.readAllLines(Paths.get("/path/to/contract.json"), Charset.defaultCharset());
    String jsonContract = StringUtils.join(lines, "");

    // convert Json to contract
    Contract contract = new Gson().fromJson(jsonContract, Contract.class);

    // get transaction params
    Response<TransactionParametersResponse> sp = client.TransactionParams().execute();
    TransactionParametersResponse tsp = sp.body();

    List<Object> method_args = new ArrayList<Object>(); 

    // create methodCallParams by builder (or create by constructor) for add method
    MethodCallTransactionBuilder mctb = MethodCallTransactionBuilder.Builder();
    mctb.method(getMethodByName("add", contract));

    AtomicTransactionComposer atc = new AtomicTransactionComposer();

    ExecuteResult res = atc.execute(client, 2);


Once all the transactions are added to the atomic group the Atomic Transaction Composer allows several ways to perform the transactions.

- Build Group will construct the group of transactions and taking care of assigning the group id, returning an array of unsigned TransactionWithSigner objects.
- Submit will call build group first, then gather the signatures associated to the transactions, then submit the group without blocking. It will return the full list of transaction ids that can be passed to a wait for confirmation function.
- Execute will perform submit then wait for confirmation given a number of rounds. It will return the resulting confirmed round, list of transaction ids and any parsed ABI return values if relevant.
# Other options:
# txngroup = atc.build_group()
# txids = atc.submit(client)

result = atc.execute(client, 2)
for res in result.abi_results:
// Other options:
// const txgroup = atc.buildGroup()
// const txids = atc.submit(client)

const result = await atc.execute(client, 2)
for(const idx in result.methodResults){
// Other options:
// txgroup := atc.BuildGroup()
// txids := atc.Submit(client)

ret, err := atc.Execute(client, context.Background(), 2)
if err != nil {
    log.Fatalf("Failed to execute call: %+v", err)

for _, r := range ret.MethodResults {
    log.Printf("%s returned %+v", r.TxID, r.ReturnValue)
AtomicTransactionComposer.ExecuteResult resultExecute = atc.execute(client, 5);
    resultExecute.methodResults.forEach(methodResult -> {