Transactions are actions taken on the blockchain that change its state. In other words, how your Smart Assets are put into action.

Transactions allow you to transfer mosaics between accounts, transfer or configure ownership of accounts (including the use of multisig rules), send messages and more. NEMs blockchain includes a built-in consensus-driven timekeeping facility, so transactions are automatically and accurately time stamped.


Transactions share the following properties:


The transaction signature.


The transaction signer public key.


NEM defines some types of transactions that can be performed. See transaction types.

Version number

The version of the structure.


How much it costs to announce the transaction in XEM.


The maximum amount of time to include the transaction in the blockchain.



Transaction cycle

When you announce a transaction, the REST API will always return an OK. At this point, it still unknown whether the transaction is valid.

To know the transaction status, which can be OK or Failure, you have to:

  1. Check the status via API endpoint
  2. Listen to the different WebSocket channels.

If valid, the transaction reaches the network with an unconfirmed status.


Never rely on a transaction which has an unconfirmed state. It is not clear if it will get included in a block.

The transaction is confirmed once it is included in a block. In case of a transfer transaction, the transaction gets processed and the amount stated gets transferred from the sender’s account to the recipient’s account. Additionally, the transaction fee is deducted from the sender’s account.

The transaction has zero confirmations at this point. When another block is added to the blockchain, the transaction has one confirmation. The next block added to the chain will give it two confirmations and so on.


Cryptocurrencies can roll back part of the blockchain. Rollbacks are essential for resolving forks of the blockchain.

The “rewrite limit” is the maximum number of blocks that can be rolled back. Hence, forks can only be resolved up to a certain depth too.

NEM has a rewrite limit of 360 blocks. Once a transaction has more than 360 confirmations, it cannot be reversed.

In real life, forks that are deeper than 20 blocks do not happen, unless there is a severe problem with the blockchain due to a bug in the code or an attack.

Transaction types

Transaction type High byte Low byte Decimal
Aggregate Complete Transaction 0x41 0x41 16705
Aggregate Complete Transaction 0x42 0x41 16961
Cosignature Transaction
Lock Funds Transaction 0x41 0x4C 16716
Mosaic Definition Transaction 0x41 0x4D 16717
Mosaic Supply Change Transaction 0x42 0x4D 16973
Modify Multisig Account Transaction 0x41 0x55 16725
Register Namespace Transaction 0x41 0x4E 16718
Secret Lock Transaction 0x41 0x52 16722
Secret Proof Transaction 0x43 0x4C 17228
Transfer Transaction 0x41 0x54 16724