Protocol Kit

The Protocol Kit uses the Safe Core SDK to interact with Safe contracts using a Javascript interface. This SDK can be used to create new Safe accounts, update the configuration of existing Safes, and propose and execute transactions.


In this quickstart guide, you will create a 2 of 3 multi-sig Safe and propose and execute a transaction to send some ETH out of this Safe.
For a more detailed guide, including how to integrate with web3js and more Safe transaction configuration options, see Guide: Integrating the Safe Core SDK and Safe Core SDK API Reference.


Install Dependencies

First, we'll need to install some dependences from safe-core-sdk and the ethers library.
To interact with Ethereum and other EVM blockchains in Node, we can either use: web3.js or ethers.js. In this tutorial, we’ll use the ethers.js library. To use web3js, see Instantiate an ETHAdapter section in Guide: Integrating the Safe Core SDK.
The Safe Core SDK is compatible with ethers v4 and v5, not the latest v6 version so make sure you specify this when installing the SDK.
You can store your environment variables such as private keys in a .env file. To read easily from .env files, use the dotenv library.
yarn add [email protected] @safe-global/safe-core-sdk \
@safe-global/safe-core-sdk-types \
@safe-global/safe-service-client \
@safe-global/safe-ethers-lib \
Create the .env file:
touch .env
Put your signing account private keys into the .env file you just created.
Create an index.ts file that you will use to run the following code snippets.
touch index.ts
Tip: Use ts-node to run a Typescript file in Node.js.
npx ts-node examples/protocol-kit/index.ts

Initialize Signers, Providers, and EthAdapter

The signers trigger transactions to the Ethereum blockchain or off-chain transactions. The provider connects to the Ethereum blockchain.
You can get a public RPC URL from Chainlist, however, public RPC URLs can be unreliable so you can also try a dedicated provider like Infura or Alchemy.
For this tutorial, we will be creating a Safe on the Goerli testnet.
import { ethers } from 'ethers'
import EthersAdapter from '@safe-global/safe-ethers-lib'
const RPC_URL=''
const provider = new ethers.providers.JsonRpcProvider(RPC_URL)
// Initialize signers
const owner1Signer = new ethers.Wallet(process.env.OWNER_1_PRIVATE_KEY!, provider)
const owner2Signer = new ethers.Wallet(process.env.OWNER_2_PRIVATE_KEY!, provider)
const owner3Signer = new ethers.Wallet(process.env.OWNER_3_PRIVATE_KEY!, provider)
const ethAdapterOwner1 = new EthersAdapter({
signerOrProvider: owner1Signer

Initialize the Safe Service Client

The Safe Service Client consumes the Safe Transaction Service API. To start using this library, create a new instance of the SafeServiceClient class, imported from @safe-global/safe-service-client, and pass the Safe Transaction Service URL for your desired network to the constructor of the SafeServiceClient.
You will be using Goerli for this tutorial, however, you can also get service URLs for different networks.
import SafeServiceClient from '@safe-global/safe-service-client'
const txServiceUrl = ''
const safeService = new SafeServiceClient({ txServiceUrl, ethAdapter: ethAdapterOwner1 })

Initialize the Safe Core SDK

Goerli is a supported network so you don’t need to specify the contract addresses, however, to see how to create a safe on a local or unsupported network, see Instantiate an EThAdapter.
Safe Factory is used to create Safes. While Safe class represents an instance of a specific Safe account.
import { SafeFactory } from '@safe-global/safe-core-sdk'
const safeFactory = await SafeFactory.create({ ethAdapter: ethAdapterOwner1 })

Deploy a Safe

Calling the deploySafe method will deploy the desired Safe and return a Safe Core SDK initialized instance ready to be used. Check the API Reference for more details on additional configuration parameters and callbacks.
import { SafeAccountConfig } from '@safe-global/safe-core-sdk'
const safeAccountConfig: SafeAccountConfig = {
owners: [
await owner1Signer.getAddress(),
await owner2Signer.getAddress(),
await owner3Signer.getAddress()
threshold: 2,
// ... (Optional params)
/* This Safe is tied to owner 1 because the factory was initialized with
an adapter that had owner 1 as the signer. */
const safeSdkOwner1 = await safeFactory.deploySafe({ safeAccountConfig })
const safeAddress = safeSdkOwner1.getAddress()
console.log('Your Safe has been deployed:')

Send ETH to the Safe

You will send some ETH to this Safe. Owner 1 will deposit 0.01 Goerli ETH to this Safe from our personal account following the instructions in Quickstart.
const safeAddress = safeSdk.getAddress()
const safeAmount = ethers.utils.parseUnits('0.01', 'ether').toHexString()
const transactionParameters = {
to: safeAddress,
value: safeAmount
const tx = await owner1Signer.sendTransaction(transactionParameters)
console.log(`Deposit Transaction:${tx.hash}`)

Making a Transaction from a Safe

Owner 1 will sign and propose a transaction to send 0.005 ETH out of the Safe. Then, owner 2 will add their own proposal and execute the transaction since it meets the 2 of 3 thresholds.
At a high level, making a transaction from the Safe requires the following steps:


The high-level overview of a multi-sig transaction is PCE: Propose. Confirm. Execute.
  1. 1.
    Owner 1 proposes a transaction
    1. 1.
      Create transaction: define the amount, destination, and any additional data
    2. 2.
      Perform an off-chain signature of the transaction before proposing
    3. 3.
      Submit the transaction and signature to the Safe Transaction Service
  2. 2.
    Owner 2 confirms the transaction
    1. 1.
      Get pending transactions from the Safe service
    2. 2.
      Perform an off-chain signature of the transaction
    3. 3.
      Submit the signature to the service
  3. 3.
    Anyone executes the transaction
    1. 1.
      In this example, Owner 1 executes the transaction
    2. 2.
      Anyone can get the pending transaction from the Safe service
    3. 3.
      Account executing the transaction pays the gas fee

Create a Transaction

For more details on what to include in a transaction see, Create a Transaction in the Safe Core SDK Guide.
import { SafeTransactionDataPartial } from '@safe-global/safe-core-sdk-types'
// Any address can be used. In this example you will use vitalik.eth
const destination = '0xd8dA6BF26964aF9D7eEd9e03E53415D37aA96045'
const amount = ethers.utils.parseUnits('0.005', 'ether').toString()
const safeTransactionData: SafeTransactionDataPartial = {
to: destination,
data: '0x',
value: amount
// Create a Safe transaction with the provided parameters
const safeTransaction = await safeSdkOwner1.createTransaction({ safeTransactionData })

Propose a Transaction

To propose a transaction to the Safe Transaction Service we need to call the method proposeTransaction from the Safe Service Client instance.
For a full list and description of the properties that proposeTransaction accepts, see Propose the transaction to the service in the Safe Core SDK guide.
// Deterministic hash based on transaction parameters
const safeTxHash = await safeSdkOwner1.getTransactionHash(safeTransaction)
// Sign transaction to verify that the transaction is coming from owner 1
const senderSignature = await safeSdkOwner1.signTransactionHash(safeTxHash)
await safeService.proposeTransaction({
senderAddress: await owner1Signer.getAddress(),

Get Pending Transactions

Recall that you created the safeService in Initialize the Safe Service Client.
const pendingTransactions = await safeService.getPendingTransactions(safeAddress).results

Confirm the Transaction: Second Confirmation

When owner 2 is connected to the application, the Safe Core SDK should be initialized again with the existing Safe address the address of the owner 2 instead of the owner 1.
// Assumes that the first pending transaction is the transaction you want to confirm
const transaction = pendingTransactions[0]
const safeTxHash = transaction.safeTxHash
const ethAdapterOwner2 = new EthersAdapter({
signerOrProvider: owner2Signer
const safeSdkOwner2 = await Safe.create({
ethAdapter: ethAdapterOwner2,
const signature = await safeSdkOwner2.signTransactionHash(safeTxHash)
const response = await safeService.confirmTransaction(safeTxHash,

Execute Transaction

Anyone can execute the Safe transaction once it has the required number of signatures. In this example, owner 1 will execute the transaction and pay for the gas fees.
const safeTransaction = await safeService.getTransaction(safeTxHash)
const executeTxResponse = await safeSdk.executeTransaction(safeTransaction)
const receipt = await executeTxResponse.transactionResponse?.wait()
console.log('Transaction executed:')

Confirm that the Transaction was Executed

You know that the transaction was executed if the balance in your Safe changes.
const afterBalance = await safeSdk.getBalance()
console.log(`The final balance of the Safe: ${ethers.utils.formatUnits(afterBalance, 'ether')} ETH`)
$ node index.js
Initial balance of Safe: 0.01 ETH
Buying a car.
The final balance of the Safe: 0.005 ETH


In this quickstart, you learned how to createand deploy a Safe and propose and execute a transaction for the Safe.