require_auth2 is used in action.hpp's require_auth.

void require_auth(const permission_level& level) {
    require_auth2( level.actor, level.permission );

require_auth2 is declared in action.h.

void require_auth2( account_name name, permission_name permission );

I can not find a definition for require_auth2. Where is the definition of this? What logic does it handle?

2 Answers 2


What does it do:

With require_auth2 you are specifying both the account name and the permission level you need.

You would call require_auth2 as follows:

    require_auth2(account_name, N(permission));

Where permission can be owner, active, or some other permission that you may have configured for this account.

require_auth is a shortcut to:

     require_auth2(account_name, N(active));

Where is it defined:

require_auth2 appears to be defined via REGISTER_INTRINSICS and eventually it calls (in apply_context.cpp):

 void apply_context::require_authorization

But I don't have the C++ chops to understand how that works exactly.

  • can you give me some explanation of the REGISTER_INTRINSICS, the macro is too difficult to understand
    – Jimmy Guo
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 2:18

require_auth2 is defined via REGISTER_INTRINSICS,it call the function of class authorization_api. Finally,it's implemented in apply_context.require_authorization( account, permission ).

The macro REGISTER_INTRINSICS is apply for compiler intrinsics,it expand to:

_REGISTER_INTRINSIC(r,authorization_api,(require_authorization, void(int64_t, int64_t), "require_auth2", void(authorization_api::*)(const account_name&, const permission_name& permission) ))

According to args number,continue to expand to:

_REGISTER_INTRINSIC4(authorization_api,MOD,require_authorization,void(int64_t, int64_t),"require_auth2",void(authorization_api::*)(const account_name&, const permission_name& permission))(authorization_api,"env",(require_authorization, void(int64_t, int64_t), "require_auth2", void(authorization_api::*)(const account_name&, const permission_name& permission) ))

Eventually,choose wavm or binaryen compiler to process it.

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