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The Polywrap CLI

Now that we have a basic understanding of the Polywrap Client, it's time to see how we can use the Polywrap CLI to create an amazing experience when working with Wraps.



For all possible ways to install the Polywrap CLI, please refer to its README.

There are two main ways to install the Polywrap CLI:

If you're developing in Javascript/Typescript and using Node, you can install the CLI globally:

npm i -g polywrap

Alternatively, you can use the standalone version by downloading and running its install script:

$ sh <(curl

# Installs to `~/.polywrap`
# If polywrap is already installed, the script instead checks for updates


The Polywrap CLI allows us not only to build, test, and deploy Wraps, but also generate types for our applications which use the Polywrap Client.

This tutorial assumes that you installed polywrap globally.

You can see all available commands by running:

polywrap help

Create a Polywrap-powered application

Polywrap allows you to integrate wraps into your app in a type-safe manner for supported languages.

Currently, Polywrap has type-safety support for:

  • Typescript
  • Rust
  • Python
  • Kotlin
  • Swift

The Polywrap CLI allows you to create a template project in any of these languages with type safety built in.

Let's start with creating a new project using the Polywrap CLI:

polywrap create app typescript my-app

This will create a basic application in the language of your choice. There are two key files we want to take a look at, which define our Polywrap-powered project and allow us to perform code generation for type-safety. Let's take a look at them:

The Polywrap Manifest (polywrap.yaml)

In order for the Polywrap CLI to know what kind of project it's working with, it needs a Polywrap Manifest file to obtain some basic information about your project. This is the polywrap.yaml file.

It has a structure similar to this:

format: 0.5.0
name: Sample
type: app/typescript
schema: ./polywrap.graphql

The format property denotes the version of the Polywrap Manifest format. Under project, you can set the name field to the name of your application, while the type field describes the project type, thus letting the CLI know how to interact with the application code.

Under the source section, we have a schema field with a path that leads to a Schema file.

The Schema File (polywrap.graphql)

Every Polywrap project has a Schema file - it defines the types found within the project, what Wraps the project imports, and, in the context of a Wrap project, the methods that Wrap exposes.

In the context of an application project, the Schema file defines which Wraps our application imports and is used by the CLI to generate code with which we can invoke our Wraps in a type-safe manner.

Taking a look at the file, we can see import statements:

#import * into Logging from ""
#import * into Ethers from ""

An import statement defines which Wraps we are importing, therefore using within our application.

Generating types (codegen)

Now that we know how we can "import" Wraps into our application, we can use the codegen command inside the Polywrap CLI to generate types that represent our Wraps which we can use within our application.

To generate types, all we need to do is run the codegen command inside our project's root directory:

polywrap codegen

This will generate types inside a wrap directory which you will be able to import within your application.

Introduce type-safety into your code

Now that we have our types generated, we can take a look at our sample application's main file.

Let's first take a look at some of the imports:

import { Ethers, Logging } from "./wrap";

Here we can see that we've imported Module types that represent our Wraps, according to their specified namespace. Using these types, we can invoke our Wraps in a type-safe manner, without having to repeatedly specify the Wrap URI or do any guesswork regarding invoke argument/return types:

async function main() {

const logger = new Logging();

message: "Hello there",

message: "Hello again",

message: "One last time...",

console.log("Invoking: Ethereum.encodeParams(...)");

const eth = new Ethers();

const result = await eth.encodeParams({
types: ["address", "uint256"],
values: ["0xB1B7586656116D546033e3bAFF69BFcD6592225E", "500"],

if (result.ok) {
} else {
console.log(`Error - Ethereum.encodeParams:\n${result.error}`);

This allows us to write all of our code in a type-safe manner, and allows for IDEs like VS Code to give us autocompletion suggestions via IntelliSense. Now we can explore our Wraps by simply importing them and trying them out!