Set delegate

Examples demonstrating delegation for various address type

In Tezos a delegation operation will set the delegate of an address.

When the Babylon/proto005 protocol amendment came into affect, it changed how delegation from KT1 addresses work. In order to set delegate for a KT1 account, the delegation must be completed by calling the KT1's smart contract do method. The do method takes a lambda function, and it is the logic of this function that causes the desired delegation to happen.

Delegate from an implicit tz1 address

This is the simplest delegation scenario

// const Tezos = new TezosToolkit('https://YOUR_PREFERRED_RPC_URL');
await Tezos.contract.setDelegate({ source: 'tz1_source', delegate: 'tz1_baker' })

Register as a delegate

// const Tezos = new TezosToolkit('https://YOUR_PREFERRED_RPC_URL');
await Tezos.contract.registerDelegate({})

Delegation involving "originated" KT1 addresses

Pre-Babylon/proto005 it was common to have "script-less" KT1 addresses. This changed when the Tezos blockchain migrated to the new Babylon/proto005 protocol.

During the migration form proto004 to proto005 all KT1 addresses were migrated so that they got a contract called This meant that there are no longer any "script-less" KT1 addresses in Tezos.

In order to delegate for a KT1 addresses with the new contract, a call to the KT1's smart contract's do method is required. The do method takes a lambda function, and it is this lambda function that causes changes to occur in the KT1 address.

The examples following only apply to KT1 addresses that were migrated as part of the Babylon/proto005 upgrade. Delegations involving other types of smart-contracts, will depend on those contracts specifically.

Why doesn't Taquito abstract KT1 manager accounts so I can just call setDelegate()

For the time being, we regard KT1 manager accounts as a regular smart contract. In fact, it is possible to have a smart contract that is not following the conventions and that also delegates to a baker. The correct lambda to pass to a contract in order to delegate is application/wallet specific. Therefore Taquito does not make any assumption on the KT1.

Example of delegation for a KT1 on Carthage/Proto006

// const Tezos = new TezosToolkit('https://YOUR_PREFERRED_RPC_URL');
const contract = await"kt1...")

Where setDelegate is a function that returns the necessary Michelson lambda. It looks like this:

const setDelegate = (key: string) => {
return [
{ prim: 'DROP' },
{ prim: 'NIL', args: [{ prim: 'operation' }] },
prim: 'PUSH',
args: [{ prim: 'key_hash' }, { string: key }],
{ prim: 'SOME' },
{ prim: 'SET_DELEGATE' },
{ prim: 'CONS' },