Token Protocol on Marmalade

Token Protocol on Marmalade

Hee Kyun Yun

December 23, 2022

To end 2022 with a bang, we are excited to announce our last feature upgrade of the year! The Marmalade team at Kadena has worked hard and is now rolling out an upgrade to the Marmalade contract with a new feature: t:token protocol. This new token protocol will increase safety for our developers during the lazy minting process! Let’s dive right in.

What is a Token Protocol?

Token protocol code is a way to reserve token IDs that start with a single character and a colon. This should sound familiar if you’ve seen Kadena Account Procotols, or k: accounts. Just like accounts, token IDs now cannot be named as a:blahblah . The first token protocol to introduce is t: token protocol.

t: Token Protocol

Our first token protocol, t: , reserves token ID’s with the token manifest, specifically, the hash of the manifest.

Let’s look at the contract. All marmalade tokens uses manifest format like this:

{ uri:object{mf-uri} hash:string data:[object{mf-datum}]}

The field, hash, is the hashed content of the uri and data field, and is always verified at token creation. By using the hash in the token protocol, we can ensure that the token is created with the matching manifest.

t: tokens are formatted as t:{hash}.

What does it achieve?

The newly introduced token protocol will add safety to lazy minting. Marmalade policies can now safely reveal token IDs before its minting, without the possibility of being squatted. Note that the safety doesn’t apply once the entire manifest is revealed.


The upgraded contract now enforces the token protocol at create-token , with a newly created function enforce-token-reserved.

enforce-token-reserved takes in token-id and manifest , and checks that the two match.

Another function available in the upgraded contract is create-token-id , which takes in manifest , and returns the t: token ID matching the supplied manifest.

Let’s look at an example.

Here’s a simple manifest with hello-world text, with

{ "uri": { "scheme": "text", "data": "hello-world" } ,"hash": "lM-wiutct6tYae6bDuUTZ-aM359hwJ4ySHWPThbIGE0" ,"data": [] }

The following code will generate the token id, t:lM-wiutct6tYae6bDuUTZ-aM359hwJ4ySHWPThbIGE0

(create-token-id { "uri": { "scheme": "text", "data": "hello-world" } ,"hash": "lM-wiutct6tYae6bDuUTZ-aM359hwJ4ySHWPThbIGE0" ,"data": [] })

And below will enforce that the protocol passes with provided token-id and the manifest

(enforce-token-reserved "t:lM-wiutct6tYae6bDuUTZ-aM359hwJ4ySHWPThbIGE0" { "uri": { "scheme": "text", "data": "hello-world" } ,"hash": "lM-wiutct6tYae6bDuUTZ-aM359hwJ4ySHWPThbIGE0" ,"data": [] })


Marmalade offers rich flexibility with pluggable policies that allow customized rules for token creation, mint, burn, and transfers, and sales.
Token Protocols provides marmalade-universal standards across the policies.

We hope that you found this Marmalade upgrade useful. Please make sure to follow us on our socials for more upcoming releases in 2023 as we’ll be rolling out some fun and innovative content, tutorials, and policies!