# Store

A store is a data structure that holds the state of the application.

# Pre-requisite Readings

# Introduction to SDK Stores

The Cosmos SDK comes with a large set of stores to persist the state of applications. By default, the main store of SDK applications is a multistore, i.e. a store of stores. Developers can add any number of key-value stores to the multistore, depending on their application needs. The multistore exists to support the modularity of the Cosmos SDK, as it lets each module declare and manage their own subset of the state. Key-value stores in the multistore can only be accessed with a specific capability key, which is typically held in the keeper of the module that declared the store.

Copy +-----------------------------------------------------+ | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | | | | KVStore 1 - Manage by keeper of Module 1 | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | | | | KVStore 2 - Manage by keeper of Module 2 | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | | | | KVStore 3 - Manage by keeper of Module 2 | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | | | | KVStore 4 - Manage by keeper of Module 3 | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | | | | KVStore 5 - Manage by keeper of Module 4 | | | | | | | +--------------------------------------------+ | | | | Main Multistore | | | +-----------------------------------------------------+ Application's State

# Store Interface

At its very core, a Cosmos SDK store is an object that holds a CacheWrapper and implements a GetStoreType() method:

Copy type Store interface { //nolint GetStoreType() StoreType CacheWrapper }

The GetStoreType is a simple method that returns the type of store, whereas a CacheWrapper is a simple interface that specifies cache-wrapping and Write methods:

Copy // CacheWrap makes the most appropriate cache-wrap. For example, // IAVLStore.CacheWrap() returns a CacheKVStore. CacheWrap should not return // a Committer, since Commit cache-wraps make no sense. It can return KVStore, // HeapStore, SpaceStore, etc. type CacheWrap interface { // Write syncs with the underlying store. Write() // CacheWrap recursively wraps again. CacheWrap() CacheWrap // CacheWrapWithTrace recursively wraps again with tracing enabled. CacheWrapWithTrace(w io.Writer, tc TraceContext) CacheWrap } type CacheWrapper interface { //nolint // CacheWrap cache wraps. CacheWrap() CacheWrap // CacheWrapWithTrace cache wraps with tracing enabled. CacheWrapWithTrace(w io.Writer, tc TraceContext) CacheWrap }

Cache-wrapping is used ubiquitously in the Cosmos SDK and required to be implemented on every store type. A cache-wrapper creates a light snapshot of a store that can be passed around and updated without affecting the main underlying store. This is used to trigger temporary state-transitions that may be reverted later should an error occur. If a state-transition sequence is performed without issue, the cached store can be comitted to the underlying store at the end of the sequence.

# Commit Store

A commit store is a store that has the ability to commit changes made to the underlying tree or db. The Cosmos SDK differentiates simple stores from commit stores by extending the basic store interfaces with a Committer:

Copy // Stores of MultiStore must implement CommitStore. type CommitStore interface { Committer Store }

The Committer is an interface that defines methods to persist changes to disk:

Copy // something that can persist to disk type Committer interface { Commit() CommitID LastCommitID() CommitID SetPruning(PruningOptions) }

The CommitID is a deterministic commit of the state tree. Its hash is returned to the underlying consensus engine and stored in the block header. Note that commit store interfaces exist for various purposes, one of which is to make sure not every object can commit the store. As part of the object-capabilities model of the Cosmos SDK, only baseapp should have the ability to commit stores. For example, this is the reason why the ctx.KVStore() method by which modules typically access stores returns a KVStore and not a CommitKVStore.

The Cosmos SDK comes with many types of stores, the most used being CommitMultiStore, KVStore and GasKv store. Other types of stores include Transient and TraceKV stores.

# Multistore

# Multistore Interface

Each Cosmos SDK application holds a multistore at its root to persist its state. The multistore is a store of KVStores that follows the Multistore interface:

Copy type MultiStore interface { //nolint Store // Cache wrap MultiStore. // NOTE: Caller should probably not call .Write() on each, but // call CacheMultiStore.Write(). CacheMultiStore() CacheMultiStore // CacheMultiStoreWithVersion cache-wraps the underlying MultiStore where // each stored is loaded at a specific version (height). CacheMultiStoreWithVersion(version int64) (CacheMultiStore, error) // Convenience for fetching substores. // If the store does not exist, panics. GetStore(StoreKey) Store GetKVStore(StoreKey) KVStore // TracingEnabled returns if tracing is enabled for the MultiStore. TracingEnabled() bool // SetTracer sets the tracer for the MultiStore that the underlying // stores will utilize to trace operations. The modified MultiStore is // returned. SetTracer(w io.Writer) MultiStore // SetTracingContext sets the tracing context for a MultiStore. It is // implied that the caller should update the context when necessary between // tracing operations. The modified MultiStore is returned. SetTracingContext(TraceContext) MultiStore }

If tracing is enabled, then cache-wrapping the multistore will wrap all the underlying KVStore in TraceKv.Store before caching them.

# CommitMultiStore

The main type of Multistore used in the Cosmos SDK is CommitMultiStore, which is an extension of the Multistore interface:

Copy // A non-cache MultiStore. type CommitMultiStore interface { Committer MultiStore // Mount a store of type using the given db. // If db == nil, the new store will use the CommitMultiStore db. MountStoreWithDB(key StoreKey, typ StoreType, db dbm.DB) // Panics on a nil key. GetCommitStore(key StoreKey) CommitStore // Panics on a nil key. GetCommitKVStore(key StoreKey) CommitKVStore // Load the latest persisted version. Called once after all calls to // Mount*Store() are complete. LoadLatestVersion() error // LoadLatestVersionAndUpgrade will load the latest version, but also // rename/delete/create sub-store keys, before registering all the keys // in order to handle breaking formats in migrations LoadLatestVersionAndUpgrade(upgrades *StoreUpgrades) error // LoadVersionAndUpgrade will load the named version, but also // rename/delete/create sub-store keys, before registering all the keys // in order to handle breaking formats in migrations LoadVersionAndUpgrade(ver int64, upgrades *StoreUpgrades) error // Load a specific persisted version. When you load an old version, or when // the last commit attempt didn't complete, the next commit after loading // must be idempotent (return the same commit id). Otherwise the behavior is // undefined. LoadVersion(ver int64) error // Set an inter-block (persistent) cache that maintains a mapping from // StoreKeys to CommitKVStores. SetInterBlockCache(MultiStorePersistentCache) }

As for concrete implementation, the [rootMulti.Store] is the go-to implementation of the CommitMultiStore interface.

Copy // Store is composed of many CommitStores. Name contrasts with // cacheMultiStore which is for cache-wrapping other MultiStores. It implements // the CommitMultiStore interface. type Store struct { db dbm.DB lastCommitID types.CommitID pruningOpts types.PruningOptions storesParams map[types.StoreKey]storeParams stores map[types.StoreKey]types.CommitKVStore keysByName map[string]types.StoreKey lazyLoading bool traceWriter io.Writer traceContext types.TraceContext interBlockCache types.MultiStorePersistentCache }

The rootMulti.Store is a base-layer multistore built around a db on top of which multiple KVStores can be mounted, and is the default multistore store used in baseapp.

# CacheMultiStore

Whenever the rootMulti.Store needs to be cached-wrapped, a cachemulti.Store is used.

Copy // Store holds many cache-wrapped stores. // Implements MultiStore. // NOTE: a Store (and MultiStores in general) should never expose the // keys for the substores. type Store struct { db types.CacheKVStore stores map[types.StoreKey]types.CacheWrap keys map[string]types.StoreKey traceWriter io.Writer traceContext types.TraceContext }

cachemulti.Store cache wraps all substores in its constructor and hold them in Store.stores. Store.GetKVStore() returns the store from Store.stores, and Store.Write() recursively calls CacheWrap.Write() on all the substores.

# Base-layer KVStores

# KVStore and CommitKVStore Interfaces

A KVStore is a simple key-value store used to store and retrieve data. A CommitKVStore is a KVStore that also implements a Committer. By default, stores mounted in baseapp's main CommitMultiStore are CommitKVStores. The KVStore interface is primarily used to restrict modules from accessing the committer.

Individual KVStores are used by modules to manage a subset of the global state. KVStores can be accessed by objects that hold a specific key. This key should only be exposed to the keeper of the module that defines the store.

CommitKVStores are declared by proxy of their respective key and mounted on the application's multistore in the main application file. In the same file, the key is also passed to the module's keeper that is responsible for managing the store.

Copy // KVStore is a simple interface to get/set data type KVStore interface { Store // Get returns nil iff key doesn't exist. Panics on nil key. Get(key []byte) []byte // Has checks if a key exists. Panics on nil key. Has(key []byte) bool // Set sets the key. Panics on nil key or value. Set(key, value []byte) // Delete deletes the key. Panics on nil key. Delete(key []byte) // Iterator over a domain of keys in ascending order. End is exclusive. // Start must be less than end, or the Iterator is invalid. // Iterator must be closed by caller. // To iterate over entire domain, use store.Iterator(nil, nil) // CONTRACT: No writes may happen within a domain while an iterator exists over it. // Exceptionally allowed for cachekv.Store, safe to write in the modules. Iterator(start, end []byte) Iterator // Iterator over a domain of keys in descending order. End is exclusive. // Start must be less than end, or the Iterator is invalid. // Iterator must be closed by caller. // CONTRACT: No writes may happen within a domain while an iterator exists over it. // Exceptionally allowed for cachekv.Store, safe to write in the modules. ReverseIterator(start, end []byte) Iterator }

Apart from the traditional Get and Set methods, a KVStore is expected to implement an Iterator() method which returns an Iterator object. The Iterator() method is used to iterate over a domain of keys, typically keys that share a common prefix. Here is a common pattern of using an Iterator that might be found in a module's keeper:

Copy store := ctx.KVStore(keeper.storeKey) iterator := sdk.KVStorePrefixIterator(store, prefix) // proxy for store.Iterator defer iterator.Close() for ; iterator.Valid(); iterator.Next() { var object types.Object keeper.cdc.MustUnmarshalBinaryBare(iterator.Value(), &object) if cb(object) { break } }

# IAVL Store

The default implementation of KVStore and CommitKVStore used in baseapp is the iavl.Store.

Copy // Store Implements types.KVStore and CommitKVStore. type Store struct { tree Tree // How many old versions we hold onto. // A value of 0 means keep no recent states. numRecent int64 // This is the distance between state-sync waypoint states to be stored. // See https://github.com/tendermint/tendermint/issues/828 // A value of 1 means store every state. // A value of 0 means store no waypoints. (node cannot assist in state-sync) // By default this value should be set the same across all nodes, // so that nodes can know the waypoints their peers store. storeEvery int64 }

iavl stores are based around an IAVL Tree, a self-balancing binary tree which guarantees that:

  • Get and Set operations are O(log n), where n is the number of elements in the tree.
  • Iteration efficiently returns the sorted elements within the range.
  • Each tree version is immutable and can be retrieved even after a commit (depending on the pruning settings).

The documentation on the IAVL Tree is located here.

# DbAdapter Store

dbadapter.Store is a adapter for dbm.DB making it fulfilling the KVStore interface.

Copy // Wrapper type for dbm.Db with implementation of KVStore type Store struct { dbm.DB }

dbadapter.Store embeds dbm.DB, meaning most of the KVStore interface functions are implemented. The other functions (mostly miscellaneous) are manually implemented. This store is primarily used within Transient Stores

# Transient Store

Transient.Store is a base-layer KVStore which is automatically discarded at the end of the block.

Copy // Store is a wrapper for a MemDB with Commiter implementation type Store struct { dbadapter.Store }

Transient.Store is a dbadapter.Store with a dbm.NewMemDB(). All KVStore methods are reused. When Store.Commit() is called, a new dbadapter.Store is assigned, discarding previous reference and making it garbage collected.

This type of store is useful to persist information that is only relevant per-block. One example would be to store parameter changes (i.e. a bool set to true if a parameter changed in a block).

Copy type Subspace struct { cdc *codec.Codec key sdk.StoreKey // []byte -> []byte, stores parameter tkey sdk.StoreKey // []byte -> bool, stores parameter change name []byte table KeyTable }

Transient stores are typically accessed via the context via the TransientStore() method:

Copy // TransientStore fetches a TransientStore from the MultiStore. func (c Context) TransientStore(key StoreKey) KVStore { return gaskv.NewStore(c.MultiStore().GetKVStore(key), c.GasMeter(), stypes.TransientGasConfig()) }

# KVStore Wrappers

# CacheKVStore

cachekv.Store is a wrapper KVStore which provides buffered writing / cached reading functionalities over the underlying KVStore.

Copy // Store wraps an in-memory cache around an underlying types.KVStore. type Store struct { mtx sync.Mutex cache map[string]*cValue unsortedCache map[string]struct{} sortedCache *list.List // always ascending sorted parent types.KVStore }

This is the type used whenever an IAVL Store needs to be cache-wrapped (typically when setting value that might be reverted later).

# Get

Store.Get() checks Store.cache first in order to find if there is any cached value associated with the key. If the value exists, the function returns it. If not, the function calls Store.parent.Get(), sets the key-value pair to the Store.cache, and returns it.

# Set

Store.Set() sets the key-value pair to the Store.cache. cValue has the field dirty bool which indicates whether the cached value is different from the underlying value. When Store.Set() cache new pair, the cValue.dirty is set true so when Store.Write() is called it can be written to the underlying store.

# Iterator

Store.Iterator() have to traverse on both caches items and the original items. In Store.iterator(), two iterators are generated for each of them, and merged. memIterator is essentially a slice of the KVPairs, used for cached items. mergeIterator is a combination of two iterators, where traverse happens ordered on both iterators.

# GasKv Store

Cosmos SDK applications use gas to track resources usage and prevent spam. GasKv.Store is a KVStore wrapper that enables automatic gas consumption each time a read or write to the store is made. It is the solution of choice to track storage usage in Cosmos SDK applications.

Copy // Store applies gas tracking to an underlying KVStore. It implements the // KVStore interface. type Store struct { gasMeter types.GasMeter gasConfig types.GasConfig parent types.KVStore }

When methods of the parent KVStore are called, GasKv.Store automatically consumes appropriate amount of gas depending on the Store.gasConfig:

Copy // GasConfig defines gas cost for each operation on KVStores type GasConfig struct { HasCost Gas DeleteCost Gas ReadCostFlat Gas ReadCostPerByte Gas WriteCostFlat Gas WriteCostPerByte Gas IterNextCostFlat Gas }

By default, all KVStores are wrapped in GasKv.Stores when retrieved. This is done in the KVStore() method of the context:

Copy // KVStore fetches a KVStore from the MultiStore. func (c Context) KVStore(key StoreKey) KVStore { return gaskv.NewStore(c.MultiStore().GetKVStore(key), c.GasMeter(), stypes.KVGasConfig()) }

In this case, the default gas configuration is used:

Copy // KVGasConfig returns a default gas config for KVStores. func KVGasConfig() GasConfig { return GasConfig{ HasCost: 1000, DeleteCost: 1000, ReadCostFlat: 1000, ReadCostPerByte: 3, WriteCostFlat: 2000, WriteCostPerByte: 30, IterNextCostFlat: 30, } }

# TraceKv Store

tracekv.Store is a wrapper KVStore which provides operation tracing functionalities over the underlying KVStore. It is applied automatically by the Cosmos SDK on all KVStore if tracing is enabled on the parent MultiStore.

Copy type ( // Store implements the KVStore interface with tracing enabled. // Operations are traced on each core KVStore call and written to the // underlying io.writer. // // TODO: Should we use a buffered writer and implement Commit on // Store? Store struct { parent types.KVStore writer io.Writer context types.TraceContext } // operation represents an IO operation operation string // traceOperation implements a traced KVStore operation traceOperation struct { Operation operation `json:"operation"` Key string `json:"key"` Value string `json:"value"` Metadata map[string]interface{} `json:"metadata"` } )

When each KVStore methods are called, tracekv.Store automatically logs traceOperation to the Store.writer. traceOperation.Metadata is filled with Store.context when it is not nil. TraceContext is a map[string]interface{}.

# Prefix Store

prefix.Store is a wrapper KVStore which provides automatic key-prefixing functionalities over the underlying KVStore.

Copy type Store struct { parent types.KVStore prefix []byte }

When Store.{Get, Set}() is called, the store forwards the call to its parent, with the key prefixed with the Store.prefix.

When Store.Iterator() is called, it does not simply prefix the Store.prefix, since it does not work as intended. In that case, some of the elements are traversed even they are not starting with the prefix.

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