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Setup a Local Devnet

This document aims to guide you in compiling Artela code, configuring, and generating a testnet setup consisting of a minimum of four validators. Subsequently, we will outline how to deploy these configuration and data files to four individual machines.

Note: open 26656 and 26657 out port for all machines.

1. Prepare the development tools​

SKIP this if you have already got your go development environment ready.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y make gcc
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/go && sudo tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.20.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
# export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin

You need to create a folder to store your source files, for example, /home/user1/go/src.

Then, set /home/user1/go as the GOPATH by using the following command: go env -w "GOPATH=/home/user1/go".

This ensures that the necessary Go environment variables are configured correctly.

2. Clone and build the code​

cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone
# git clone
# git clone

cd artela
make clean && make
# find 'artelad' in ./build

# you can copy the binary to $GOPATH/bin
# this is unnecessary if your are going to run testnet in docker
make install

3. You can either start the testnet in docker or in 4 devices​

Option 1: Start 4-validator testnet in docker​

1). Prepare your docker and docker-compose (ubuntu/debian)​

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] focal stable"

apt-cache policy docker-ce
sudo apt install docker-ce

sudo systemctl status docker
# check if docker is ready
docker run hello-world

# install docker-compose
sudo apt install docker-compose

2). Start testnet​

cd artela # in your artela root path
make create-testnet


  • More make options about testnet:
build-testnetBuild Docker images for the testnet and create a configuration for 4-validator nodes.
create-testnetRemove a previously built testnet, build it again using build-testnet, and start Docker containers.
stop-testnetStop the running Docker containers for the testnet.
start-testnetStart the previously stopped Docker containers for the testnet.
remove-testnetStop the Docker containers and remove all components created by the build-testnet command.

3). View the log of Artela node​

The log is saved in the ./_testnet/node0/artelad/node.log, to monitor the log by

tail -f ./_testnet/node0/artelad/node.log

Log of other nodes in




Option 2: start 4-validator testnet in your device​

1). Generate 4-validator network configuration​

# in artela root
./build/artelad testnet init-files --chain-id artela_11822-1 --v 4 --output-dir ./testnet --starting-ip-address


  • --chain-id

    With a format of artela_\<NUMBER>-1, NUMBER could be one of 11822, 11821.

  • --v

    The count of validators.

  • --output-dir

    Where the configuration of validators will be generated.

  • --starting-ip-address

    The nodes will be pre-allocated based on IP addresses incremented in sequence from that starting address. For instance, node 0 will be assigned the starting-ip-address, node 1 will be assigned starting-ip-address + 1, node 2 will be assigned starting-ip-address + 2, and so on. Subsequently, in the node configurations, persistent_peers will be set according to the node's IP address.

2). Update ip address of each node​

In each node's config.toml, update the IP addresses of the peers listed under persistent_peers. You can use the following command for this:

cd testnet
sed -i 's/<your-device-1-ip>/g' node0/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-2-ip>/g' node0/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-3-ip>/g' node0/artelad/config/config.toml

sed -i 's/<your-device-0-ip>/g' node1/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-2-ip>/g' node1/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-3-ip>/g' node1/artelad/config/config.toml

sed -i 's/<your-device-0-ip>/g' node2/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-1-ip>/g' node2/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-3-ip>/g' node2/artelad/config/config.toml

sed -i 's/<your-device-0-ip>/g' node3/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-1-ip>/g' node3/artelad/config/config.toml
sed -i 's/<your-device-2-ip>/g' node3/artelad/config/config.toml

3). Update EVM version config​

# in artela/testnet folder
sed -i 's/"extra_eips": \[\]/"extra_eips": \[3855\]/g' node0/artelad/config/genesis.json
sed -i 's/"extra_eips": \[\]/"extra_eips": \[3855\]/g' node1/artelad/config/genesis.json
sed -i 's/"extra_eips": \[\]/"extra_eips": \[3855\]/g' node2/artelad/config/genesis.json
sed -i 's/"extra_eips": \[\]/"extra_eips": \[3855\]/g' node3/artelad/config/genesis.json

4). Copy the node configuration to your devices​

Copy each of the node configurations in artela/testnet/ to the device.

scp ./testnet/node0/artelad/* user@your-device-0:~/.artelad/
scp ./testnet/node1/artelad/* user@your-device-1:~/.artelad/
scp ./testnet/node2/artelad/* user@your-device-2:~/.artelad/
scp ./testnet/node3/artelad/* user@your-device-3:~/.artelad/

4). Download and install artelad in your device​

5). Run node one by one​

Start the node in your devices.

artelad start --pruning=nothing --log_level debug --minimum-gas-prices=0.0001art --api.enable --json-rpc.api eth,txpool,personal,net,debug,web3,miner --api.enable

4. The genesis account​

In the process of generating the testnet, each validator node has a corresponding EOA (Externally Owned Account) account with the encryption algorithm eth_secp256k1, which is written into the genesis.json file. Additionally, 5e21 uart have been deposited into each account. The of each account is stored in