uAgents Protocols
uAgents Exchange protocol

Exchange protocol


The uAgents Exchange Protocol is a protocol designed as part of the uAgents Framework. It defines a standardized method for communication between uAgents within the uAgents ecosystem.

The Exchange protocol enables uAgents to exchange messages using a JSON-based format, which are structured as key-value pairs following the JSON standard. Messages can contain various types of information and are used to convey data and instructions between agents.

Within the protocol, envelopes facilitate communication by encapsulating messages. Envelopes serve as containers for the messages and include additional metadata.

In this protocol, uAgents can send messages enclosed in envelopes, which are then encoded and sent via HTTP to the endpoints ↗️ of other uAgents.

By adhering to the uAgents Exchange Protocol, agents within the uAgents ecosystem can communicate with each other using a standardized and interoperable method. The protocol establishes a common format and structure for messages, enabling seamless interaction and integration between different uAgents and services.

We break down each of these concepts in more detail below.

Core concepts


Messages consist of key-value pairs following the standard JSON format.

Here are a few examples:

{ "message": "hello" }
{ "name": "alice", "age": 26, "languages": ["English", "Japanese", "Arabic"] }
{ "item": "pretzel", "bid": { "amount": 120, "denomination": "GBP" } }

Once messages are created, these are enclosed in envelopes containing some important metadata.


Envelopes have the following form and are quite similar to blockchain transactions:

class Envelope:
    sender: str:    # bech32-encoded public address
    target: str:    # bech32-encoded public address
    session: str    # UUID
    protocol: str   # protocol digest
    payload: bytes  # JSON type: base64 str
	expires: int    # Unix timestamp in seconds
    signature: str  # bech32-encoded signature


  • The sender field exposes the address of the sender of the message.
  • The target field exposes the address of the recipient of the message.
  • The protocol contains the unique schema digest string for the message.
  • The payload field exposes the payload of the protocol. Its JSON representation should be a base64 encoded string.
  • The expires field contains the Unix timestamp in seconds at which the message is no longer valid.
  • The signature field contains the signature that is used to authenticate that the message has been sent from the sender agent.

Envelopes are then JSON encoded and sent to endpoints of other uAgents or services.


The protocol supports only one standardised endpoint: HTTP 1.1 POST /submit, and expects data which is broadly JSON compatible.

The protocol currently supports MIME content type application/json.