Aragon Client Glossary

Find below a list of unique terms that you may encounter when using Aragon Client. You can learn more about these concepts and why they matter to you as an Aragon Client user by reading through the rest of the Aragon Client documentation.

The ACL is a mapping of who has permission to execute an action in an Aragon app and who can re-grant or revoke that permission.


Tool that automatically generates everything that is needed to run Aragon on a local Ethereum chain.


Standard set of APIs and specifications used to interact with aragonOS-powered contracts by handling transaction pathing, upgradeability, and contract state. Reference implementations in specific languages: JavaScript

Tool for creating, testing and publishing Aragon applications.


aragonID is a lightweight identity system using ENS.

Framework that enables flexible and upgradeable governance mechanisms by creating and assigning permissions to multiple entities.

Decentralized package manager based on aragonOS that handles upgradability of smart contracts and arbitrary data blobs, such as web apps.

aragonPM Repository

Smart contract deployed inside aragonPM **** that keeps track of the versions for a package.

Aragon-native toolkit of UI components for decentralized apps.

Aragon apps

Apps that use aragonOS, aragonAPI, and integrate inside the Aragon client.

Client to interact with aragonOS-powered decentralized organizations. It implements a signer with transaction pathing, notifications and a sandboxed environment for aragonOS-based apps using aragonAPI.


Stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization. Here, a DAO means a set of aragonOS smart contracts.

Smart contracts that can be used as templates for creating pre-configured DAOs in just one transaction.


Have been deprecated for DAO Templates.

Etherum Providers

Apps which provide your browser access to the Ethereum network and support signing Ethereum transactions. Mobile Web3 browsers generally have a built-in Ethereum provider and wallet functionality.

Hardware wallet

Keeps your private keys - the computer code that is used to sign transactions and authorize funds transfers - secured separately from your computer, protecting the private keys from malware that may be on your computer.

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