# Quick Start

# Overview

This is a quick start guide. If you have a vague idea about how Tendermint works and want to get started right away, continue.

# Install

# Quick Install

To quickly get Tendermint installed on a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 machine, use this script (opens new window).

⚠️ Do not copy scripts to run on your machine without knowing what they do.

Copy curl -L https://git.io/fFfOR | bash source ~/.profile

The script is also used to facilitate cluster deployment below.

# Manual Install

For manual installation, see the install instructions

# Initialization


Copy tendermint init

will create the required files for a single, local node.

These files are found in $HOME/.tendermint:

Copy $ ls $HOME/.tendermint config data $ ls $HOME/.tendermint/config/ config.toml genesis.json node_key.json priv_validator.json

For a single, local node, no further configuration is required. Configuring a cluster is covered further below.

# Local Node

Start Tendermint with a simple in-process application:

Copy tendermint node --proxy_app=kvstore

Note: kvstore is a non persistent app, if you would like to run an application with persistence run --proxy_app=persistent_kvstore

and blocks will start to stream in:

Copy I[01-06|01:45:15.592] Executed block module=state height=1 validTxs=0 invalidTxs=0 I[01-06|01:45:15.624] Committed state module=state height=1 txs=0 appHash=

Check the status with:

Copy curl -s localhost:26657/status

# Sending Transactions

With the KVstore app running, we can send transactions:

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

and check that it worked with:

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

We can send transactions with a key and value too:

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

and query the key:

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

where the value is returned in hex.

# Cluster of Nodes

First create four Ubuntu cloud machines. The following was tested on Digital Ocean Ubuntu 16.04 x64 (3GB/1CPU, 20GB SSD). We'll refer to their respective IP addresses below as IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4.

Then, ssh into each machine, and execute this script (opens new window):

Copy curl -L https://git.io/fFfOR | bash source ~/.profile

This will install go and other dependencies, get the Tendermint source code, then compile the tendermint binary.

Next, use the tendermint testnet command to create four directories of config files (found in ./mytestnet) and copy each directory to the relevant machine in the cloud, so that each machine has $HOME/mytestnet/node[0-3] directory.

Before you can start the network, you'll need peers identifiers (IPs are not enough and can change). We'll refer to them as ID1, ID2, ID3, ID4.

Copy tendermint show_node_id --home ./mytestnet/node0 tendermint show_node_id --home ./mytestnet/node1 tendermint show_node_id --home ./mytestnet/node2 tendermint show_node_id --home ./mytestnet/node3

Finally, from each machine, run:

Copy tendermint node --home ./mytestnet/node0 --proxy_app=kvstore --p2p.persistent_peers="ID1@IP1:26656,ID2@IP2:26656,ID3@IP3:26656,ID4@IP4:26656" tendermint node --home ./mytestnet/node1 --proxy_app=kvstore --p2p.persistent_peers="ID1@IP1:26656,ID2@IP2:26656,ID3@IP3:26656,ID4@IP4:26656" tendermint node --home ./mytestnet/node2 --proxy_app=kvstore --p2p.persistent_peers="ID1@IP1:26656,ID2@IP2:26656,ID3@IP3:26656,ID4@IP4:26656" tendermint node --home ./mytestnet/node3 --proxy_app=kvstore --p2p.persistent_peers="ID1@IP1:26656,ID2@IP2:26656,ID3@IP3:26656,ID4@IP4:26656"

Note that after the third node is started, blocks will start to stream in because >2/3 of validators (defined in the genesis.json) have come online. Persistent peers can also be specified in the config.toml. See here for more information about configuration options.

Transactions can then be sent as covered in the single, local node example above.