# Getting Started

# First Tendermint App

As a general purpose blockchain engine, Tendermint is agnostic to the application you want to run. So, to run a complete blockchain that does something useful, you must start two programs: one is Tendermint Core, the other is your application, which can be written in any programming language. Recall from the intro to ABCI that Tendermint Core handles all the p2p and consensus stuff, and just forwards transactions to the application when they need to be validated, or when they're ready to be committed to a block.

In this guide, we show you some examples of how to run an application using Tendermint.

# Install

The first apps we will work with are written in Go. To install them, you need to install Go (opens new window), put $GOPATH/bin in your $PATH and enable go modules with these instructions:

Copy echo export GOPATH=\"\$HOME/go\" >> ~/.bash_profile echo export PATH=\"\$PATH:\$GOPATH/bin\" >> ~/.bash_profile

Then run

Copy go get github.com/tendermint/tendermint cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/tendermint/tendermint make install_abci

Now you should have the abci-cli installed; you'll notice the kvstore command, an example application written in Go. See below for an application written in JavaScript.

Now, let's run some apps!

# KVStore - A First Example

The kvstore app is a Merkle tree (opens new window) that just stores all transactions. If the transaction contains an =, e.g. key=value, then the value is stored under the key in the Merkle tree. Otherwise, the full transaction bytes are stored as the key and the value.

Let's start a kvstore application.

Copy abci-cli kvstore

In another terminal, we can start Tendermint. You should already have the Tendermint binary installed. If not, follow the steps from here. If you have never run Tendermint before, use:

Copy tendermint init validator tendermint start

If you have used Tendermint, you may want to reset the data for a new blockchain by running tendermint unsafe-reset-all. Then you can run tendermint start to start Tendermint, and connect to the app. For more details, see the guide on using Tendermint.

You should see Tendermint making blocks! We can get the status of our Tendermint node as follows:

Copy curl -s localhost:26657/status

The -s just silences curl. For nicer output, pipe the result into a tool like jq (opens new window) or json_pp.

Now let's send some transactions to the kvstore.

Copy curl -s 'localhost:26657/broadcast_tx_commit?tx="abcd"'

Note the single quote (') around the url, which ensures that the double quotes (") are not escaped by bash. This command sent a transaction with bytes abcd, so abcd will be stored as both the key and the value in the Merkle tree. The response should look something like:

Copy { "check_tx": { ... }, "deliver_tx": { "tags": [ { "key": "YXBwLmNyZWF0b3I=", "value": "amFl" }, { "key": "YXBwLmtleQ==", "value": "YWJjZA==" } ] }, "hash": "9DF66553F98DE3C26E3C3317A3E4CED54F714E39", "height": 14 }

We can confirm that our transaction worked and the value got stored by querying the app:

Copy curl -s 'localhost:26657/abci_query?data="abcd"'

The result should look like:

Copy { "response": { "log": "exists", "index": "-1", "key": "YWJjZA==", "value": "YWJjZA==" } }

Note the value in the result (YWJjZA==); this is the base64-encoding of the ASCII of abcd. You can verify this in a python 2 shell by running "YWJjZA==".decode('base64') or in python 3 shell by running import codecs; codecs.decode(b"YWJjZA==", 'base64').decode('ascii'). Stay tuned for a future release that makes this output more human-readable (opens new window).

Now let's try setting a different key and value:

Copy curl -s 'localhost:26657/broadcast_tx_commit?tx="name=satoshi"'

Now if we query for name, we should get satoshi, or c2F0b3NoaQ== in base64:

Copy curl -s 'localhost:26657/abci_query?data="name"'

Try some other transactions and queries to make sure everything is working!

# CounterJS - Example in Another Language

We also want to run applications in another language - in this case, we'll run a Javascript version of the counter. To run it, you'll need to install node (opens new window).

You'll also need to fetch the relevant repository, from here (opens new window), then install it:

Copy git clone https://github.com/tendermint/js-abci.git cd js-abci npm install abci

Kill the previous counter and tendermint processes. Now run the app:

Copy node example/counter.js

In another window, reset and start tendermint:

Copy tendermint reset unsafe-all tendermint start

Once again, you should see blocks streaming by - but now, our application is written in Javascript! Try sending some transactions, and like before - the results should be the same:

Copy # ok curl localhost:26657/broadcast_tx_commit?tx=0x00 # invalid nonce curl localhost:26657/broadcast_tx_commit?tx=0x05 # ok curl localhost:26657/broadcast_tx_commit?tx=0x01

Neat, eh?