I've recently setup my testnet for Steem and I noticed that there isn't much documentation on how to do that, so I decided to write a quick guide.
Ubuntu: 16.04 8GB+ RAM 10GB+ Diskspace
I've got a seperate boot-partition with Linux, but docker would work as well (however I will not cover docker in this guide.)
Step 1: Install Packages
sudo apt-get install -y autoconf automake cmake g++ git libssl-dev libtool make pkg-config python3 python3-jinja2 libboost-chrono-dev libboost-context-dev libboost-coroutine-dev libboost-date-time-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-iostreams-dev libboost-locale-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-serialization-dev libboost-signals-dev libboost-system-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-thread-dev libsnappy-dev libbz2-dev doxygen libncurses5-dev libreadline-dev perl
Step 2: Clone Steem
git clone https://github.com/steemit/steem # or https://github.com/SteemCommunity/steem cd steem git checkout master # or another branch git submodule update --init --recursive
Step 3: Build Steem
mkdir build && cd build/ cmake -DENABLE_COVERAGE_TESTING=ON -DBUILD_STEEM_TESTNET=ON -DLOW_MEMORY_NODE=OFF -DCLEAR_VOTES=ON -DSKIP_BY_TX_ID=ON -DCHAINBASE_CHECK_LOCKING=OFF .. make -j$(nproc) steemd cli_wallet make -j$(nproc) chain_test # optional for tests
Step 4: Edit Config
# Start and stop steemd once to create the default config ./programs/steemd/steemd -d testnet/ # You'll see something like this # ------------------------------------------------------ # # STARTING TEST NETWORK # # ------------------------------------------------------ # initminer public key: TST6LLegbAgLAy28EHrffBVuANFWcFgmqRMW13wBmTExqFE9SCkg4 # initminer private key: 5JNHfZYKGaomSFvd4NUdQ9qMcEAC43kujbfjueTHpVapX1Kzq2n # COPY the private key nano testnet/config.ini
After you've copied the private key and opened up the config.ini, change the following lines
# name of witness controlled by this node (e.g. initwitness ) witness = "initminer" # WIF PRIVATE KEY to be used by one or more witnesses or miners private-key = 5JNHfZYKGaomSFvd4NUdQ9qMcEAC43kujbfjueTHpVapX1Kzq2n # Enable block production, even if the chain is stale. enable-stale-production = true # Percent of witnesses (0-99) that must be participating in order to produce blocks required-participation = 0 # Local http endpoint for webserver requests. webserver-http-endpoint = 127.0.0.1:8090 # Local websocket endpoint for webserver requests. webserver-ws-endpoint =127.0.0.1:8091
Step 5: Start Steemd
Once you've configured the config.ini, start steemd.
./programs/steemd/steemd -d testnet/
It will take roughly half a minute and then you should see initminer producing blocks.
Which means: you have now a testnet running. Congratulations!
(Optional) Step 6: Start CLI_Wallet
./programs/cli_wallet/cli_wallet --server-rpc-endpoint="ws://127.0.0.1:8091" # set_password & unlock import_key 5JNHfZYKGaomSFvd4NUdQ9qMcEAC43kujbfjueTHpVapX1Kzq2n create_account "initminer" "testaccount" "" true
(Optional) Step 7: Run Tests
If you haven't build them before:
make -j$(nproc) chain_test
Afterwards, you can run all of them or a specific one with the -t flag.
./tests/chain_test # -t "basic_tests"
More info about testing and different types of tests: https://github.com/steemit/steem/blob/master/doc/devs/testing.md
Also make sure to check out the developer resources: https://developers.steem.io/testnet/index
And that's it.
I hope this helps with setting up your own testnet and if there are any questions or something else, let me know in the comments below!
I'll get back to coding.
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