XDR, also known as External Data Representation, is used extensively in
the Stellar Network, especially in the core protocol. The ledger, transactions, results,
history, and even the messages passed between computers running stellar-core
are encoded using XDR.
XDR is specified in RFC 4506.
Since XDR is a binary format and not known as widely as JSON for example, we try
to hide most of it from Horizon. Instead, we opt to interpret the XDR for you
and present the values as JSON attributes. That said, we also expose the XDR
to you so you can get access to the raw, canonical data.
In general, Horizon will encode the XDR structures in base64 so that they can be
transmitted within a json body. You should decode the base64 string
into a byte stream, then decode the XDR into an in-memory data structure.
Data structures in XDR are specified in an interface definition file (IDL).
The IDL files used for the Stellar Network are available
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