Getting Started with the Web SDK


This tutorial will take you through the basics of creating a Kin enabled app using @kin-sdk/client.

The fastest way to get started is by using one of our Kin Web SDK Starters


Implementing Kin in your app

1. Install the dependencies:

npm install @kin-sdk/client
# Or if you use yarn
yarn add @kin-sdk/client

2. Instantiate a new Kin client

We’re creating a new instance of our Kin wrapper and pass in the environment. In this example we’ll pick the Test network.

// Import the client
import { KinClient, KinTest } from '@kin-sdk/client'
// Create instance of client
const client = new KinClient(KinTest)

The first thing you need to do is import the KinClient and environment (KinProd or KinTest) into your project, and initialize a new instance of the client:

// Import the client
import { KinClient, KinTest } from '@kin-sdk/client'
// Create instance of client
const client = new KinClient(KinTest)

Step 3: Generate a new key pair

In order to interact with the blockchain you need a key pair that consists of a secret and publicKey.

This account will generally be stored on the users’ device, for instance using IndexedDB. Make sure that the user has a way to export their secret, so they won’t lose access to their Kin.

// Generate a new 'account' or 'key-pair'
const account = KinClient.createWallet('create', { name: 'Account 1' })

Step 4: Create an account on Kin blockchain

Use the secret of the account you generated in the previous step to create the account on the blockchain.

Creating the account may take a little while (up to 30 seconds, possibly longer on a busy moment) after the result above has been returned. You can use the getBalances method (see next step) to make sure the account is in fact created. As soon as the account is created correctly, the getBalances method will return the address with the balance.

const [result, error] = await client.createAccount(account.secret)
if (error) {

Step 5: Get Balances

The next step is resolving the balances. A ‘balance’ (or ‘token account’) is where the Kin is actually stored, as Kin is a token on the Solana blockchain. You can read more details here.

// Get Balances
const [result, error] = await client.getBalances(account.publicKey)

Step 6: Request Airdrop (Test network only)

In order to have some Kin to play with on the Test network, you can request an airdrop.

// Request airdrop Accounts
const [result, error] = await client.requestAirdrop(account.publicKey, '1000')

Step 7: Submit a payment.

After this is done, you are ready to submit a payment.

The memo field here is optional, the other fields are required.

const secret = account.secret
const balance = account.publicKey
const amount = '1'
const destination = 'Don8L4DTVrUrRAcVTsFoCRqei5Mokde3CV3K9Ut4nAGZ'
const memo = 'One Kin as a Donation'
await client.submitPayment({
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