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Simple Crowdfund

This guide shows you how to build a pallet that controls multiple token accounts and stores data in child storage. This structure is useful for building crowdfunding apps.

For this guide, we will focus on the use of a child storage trie, which allows any contributor to prove that they contributed using a small Merkle Proof. Being able to make a simple proof of contribution can help users claim rewards for participating in a crowdloan.

In this guide, you'll see how to create a new child trie for each different crowdfund campaign. Any user can start a crowdfund by specifying a goal amount for the crowdfund, an end time, and a beneficiary who will receive the pooled funds if the goal is reached by the end time. If the fund is not successful, it can be dissolved, returning funds to the original owners.

Before you begin

To follow this guide and implement the crowdfunding capabilities in your own pallet, include the following dependencies in your pallet:

use frame_support::{
    sp_runtime::traits::{AccountIdConversion, Hash, Saturating, Zero},
    traits::{Currency, ExistenceRequirement, Get, ReservableCurrency, WithdrawReasons},
use frame_system::{pallet_prelude::*, ensure_signed};
use super::*;

This guide assumes that you know how to create your own Errors and Events according to the pallet logic your creating.

Configure your pallet

  1. Declare your pallet's configuration traits.

    In addition to the Event type, this pallet will need the following traits:

    • Currency. The currency in which the crowdfunds will be denominated.
    • SubmissionDeposit. The amount to be held on deposit by the owner of a crowdfund.
    • MinContribution. The minimum amount that may be contributed to a crowdfund.

    Extend your trait with the following types:

    /// The pallet's configuration trait.
    pub trait Config: frame_system::Config {
        type Event: From<Event<Self>> + IsType<<Self as frame_system::Config>::Event>;
        type Currency: ReservableCurrency<Self::AccountId>;
        type SubmissionDeposit: Get<BalanceOf<Self>>;
        type MinContribution: Get<BalanceOf<Self>>;
        type RetirementPeriod: Get<Self::BlockNumber>;

    And the following type aliases:

    pub type FundIndex = u32;
    type AccountIdOf<T> = <T as frame_system::Config>::AccountId;
    type BalanceOf<T> = <<T as Config>::Currency as Currency<AccountIdOf<T>>>::Balance;
  2. Create a struct to store the configuration of crowdfunds.

    #[derive(Encode, Decode, Default, PartialEq, Eq, TypeInfo)]
    #[cfg_attr(feature = "std", derive(Debug))]
    pub struct FundInfo<AccountId, Balance, BlockNumber> {
        /// The account that will recieve the funds if the campaign is successful.
        beneficiary: AccountId,
        /// The amount of deposit placed.
        deposit: Balance,
        /// The total amount raised.
        raised: Balance,
        /// Block number after which funding must have succeeded.
        end: BlockNumber,
        /// Upper bound on `raised`.
        goal: Balance,

    And a new alias to more easily use this:

    type FundInfoOf<T> =
        FundInfo<AccountIdOf<T>, BalanceOf<T>, <T as frame_system::Config>::BlockNumber>;
  3. Declare your storage items.

    Your storage items will keep track of which user contributed to what fund as well as how much they contributed. Define the following types which will be used to declare your storage items:

    #[pallet::getter(fn funds)]
    /// Info on all of the funds.
    pub(super) type Funds<T: Config> = StorageMap<
    #[pallet::getter(fn fund_count)]
    /// The total number of funds that have so far been allocated.
    pub(super) type FundCount<T: Config> = StorageValue<_, FundIndex, ValueQuery>;

Write child trie API helper functions

Create a function that provides the pallet's dispatchables with the account ID for the pot of funds.

  1. Inside impl<T: Config> Pallet<T>, write:

    pub fn fund_account_id(index: FundIndex) -> T::AccountId {
        const PALLET_ID: ModuleId = ModuleId(*b"ex/cfund");
  2. Generate unique ChildInfo IDs:

    pub fn id_from_index(index: FundIndex) -> child::ChildInfo {
            let mut buf = Vec::new();
  3. Write the following helper functions that make use of the Child API:

    • pub fn contribution_put: record a contribution in the associated child trie using put

    • pub fn contribution_get: lookup a contribution in the associated child trie using get

    • pub fn contribution_kil: remove a contribution from an associated child trie using kill

    • pub fn crowdfund_kill: remove the entire record of contributions in the associated child trie in a single storage write using kill_storage

Write your dispatchable functions

The follow steps outline how to write the dispatchables for this pallet. After various checks within the dispatchables' logic, each function alters the Funds<T> storage map using its associated methods. Our pallet's create function also makes use of the FundInfo struct created in step 2.

  1. Create a new fund

    fn create:

    • create an imbalance variable using T::Currency::withdraw
    • update the Funds storage item using the FundInfo struct from step 2
    • deposit a Created event

    Not yet familiar with using a struct in storage? Refer to this how-to guide to learn how.

  2. Contribute to an existing fund

    fn contribute:

    • perform preliminary safety checks using ensure!
    • add the contribution to the fund using T::Currency::transfer
    • record the contribution in the child trie using the helper function contribution_put
    • deposit a Contributed event
  3. Withdraw full balance of a contributor to a fund

    fn withdraw:

    • perform preliminary safety checks using ensure!
    • return funds by using T::Currency::resolve_into_existing
    • calculate new balances and update storage using child trie helper functions funds, contribution_get and contribution_kill
    • deposit Withdrew event
  4. Dissolve an entire crowdfund after its retirement period has expired.

    fn dissolve:

    • perform preliminary safety checks using ensure!
    • allow dissolver to collect funds by using T::Currency::resolve_creating for dissolver to collect funds
    • use the child trie helper function crowdfund_kill to remove contributor info from storage
    • deposit Dissolved event
  5. Dispense a payment to the beneficiary of a successful crowdfund

    fn dispense:

    • use T::Currency::resolve_creating for beneficiary and caller (separately) to collect funds
    • give initial deposit to account who calls this function as an incentive to clean up storage
    • remove the fund from storage using <Funds<T>>::remove(index); and Self::crowdfund_kill(index); to remove all contributors from storage in a single write



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