DFI & Other coins

DFI is the main currency in dfinance network.

DFI is used for:

  • PoS - to stake or delegate DFI.

  • Fees - to pay fees in DFI to process transactions.

  • Gov - to vote with DFI per proposals: updates, improvements, etc.

  • Economic model - users can provide liquidity, loans with DFI.


DFI coin has 18 decimals places, which means 1.0 DFI can be represented as integer as 1000000000000000000, while 0.000000000000000001 DFI as 1 as integer.

When working with dncli amounts need to be integers, so convert your amount to integer before executing any command.

As it's the same 18 decimals places, like in ETH, you can use same resources to convert amounts, like this one (use ether-wei pair).

Smart contracts

DFI is a built-in type inside Dfinance's standard library which you can use to send transactions envolving DFI coin. Here's how it looks like (link to GitHub):

module DFI {
// type representing DFI coin
struct T {}

Module can be imported from standard library:

use 0x1::DFI;

The type DFI::T inside module 0x1::DFI can be used as type parameter in generic functions, like in this example:

script {
use 0x1::Dfinance;
use 0x1::Account;
use 0x1::DFI;
fun main(sender: &signer, recipient: address, amount: u128) {
// Withdraw DFI resource from sender balance with provided amount.
let withdraw : Dfinance::T<DFI::T> = Account::withdraw_from_sender<DFI::T>(sender, amount);
// Deposit withdrawn DFI balance to recipient address.
Account::deposit<DFI::T>(sender, recipient, withdraw);

Provided script uses functions withdraw_from_sender<T> and deposit<T> which contain generic type T. By passing DFI::T as type parameter into these generic functions, we make them work with DFI balances. Note that other coin types can too be passed as type parameters.

You can learn more about generics in Move in the Move book.

Other coins

Current testnet supports other coins along with DFI:

  • ETH - ETH representation, can be transfered through PegZone.

  • BTC - simulation of BTC, can be recieved by faucet.

  • USDT - simulation of Tether USDT, can be recieved also by faucet.

Same as DFI, all coins can be sent between accounts with CLI:

dncli tx bank send <sender> <recipient> 1dfi
dncli tx bank send <sender> <recipient> 1eth
dncli tx bank send <sender> <recipient> 1btc
dncli tx bank send <sender> <recipient> 1usdt

Also, coins types can be imported from 0x1::Coins module to use in smart contracts:

script {
use 0x1::Account;
use 0x1::Coins;
fun main(sender: &signer, recipient: address, eth_amount: u128, btc_amount: u128, usdt_amount: u128) {
Account::pay_from_sender<Coins::ETH>(sender, recipient, eth_amount);
Account::pay_from_sender<Coins::BTC>(sender, recipient, btc_amount);
Account::pay_from_sender<Coins::USDT>(sender, recipient, usdt_amount);

Coins module follows the same pattern as DFI but has multiple types (link to GitHub):

module Coins {
struct ETH {}
struct BTC {}
struct USDT {}