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The devp2p command

The devp2p command line tool is a utility for low-level peer-to-peer debugging and protocol development purposes. It can do many things.

ENR Decoding

Use devp2p enrdump <base64> to verify and display an Ethereum Node Record.

Node Key Management

The devp2p key ... command family deals with node key files.

Run devp2p key generate mynode.key to create a new node key in the mynode.key file.

Run devp2p key to-enode mynode.key -ip -tcp 30303 to create an enode:// URL corresponding to the given node key and address information.

Maintaining DNS Discovery Node Lists

The devp2p command can create and publish DNS discovery node lists.

Run devp2p dns sign <directory> to update the signature of a DNS discovery tree.

Run devp2p dns sync <enrtree-URL> to download a complete DNS discovery tree.

Run devp2p dns to-cloudflare <directory> to publish a tree to CloudFlare DNS.

Run devp2p dns to-route53 <directory> to publish a tree to Amazon Route53.

You can find more information about these commands in the DNS Discovery Setup Guide.

Discovery v4 Utilities

The devp2p discv4 ... command family deals with the Node Discovery v4 protocol.

Run devp2p discv4 ping <enode/ENR> to ping a node.

Run devp2p discv4 resolve <enode/ENR> to find the most recent node record of a node in the DHT.

Run devp2p discv4 crawl <nodes.json path> to create or update a JSON node set.

Discovery v5 Utilities

The devp2p discv5 ... command family deals with the Node Discovery v5 protocol. This protocol is currently under active development.

Run devp2p discv5 ping <ENR> to ping a node.

Run devp2p discv5 resolve <ENR> to find the most recent node record of a node in the discv5 DHT.

Run devp2p discv5 listen to run a Discovery v5 node.

Run devp2p discv5 crawl <nodes.json path> to create or update a JSON node set containing discv5 nodes.

Discovery Test Suites

The devp2p command also contains interactive test suites for Discovery v4 and Discovery v5.

To run these tests against your implementation, you need to set up a networking environment where two separate UDP listening addresses are available on the same machine. The two listening addresses must also be routed such that they are able to reach the node you want to test.

For example, if you want to run the test on your local host, and the node under test is also on the local host, you need to assign two IP addresses (or a larger range) to your loopback interface. On macOS, this can be done by executing the following command:

sudo ifconfig lo0 add

You can now run either test suite as follows: Start the node under test first, ensuring that it won't talk to the Internet (i.e. disable bootstrapping). An easy way to prevent unintended connections to the global DHT is listening on

Now get the ENR of your node and store it in the NODE environment variable.

Start the test by running devp2p discv5 test -listen1 -listen2 $NODE.


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