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Published: Apr 17, 2020 | License: MIT


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💾⏰💪 Thanks for your interest in this open source project. This repo is the go implementation of the Spacemesh p2p full node software.

Spacemesh is a decentralized blockchain computer using a new race-free consensus protocol that doesn’t involve energy-wasteful proof of work.

We aim to create a secure and scalable decentralized computer formed by a large number of desktop PCs at home.

We are designing and coding a modern blockchain platform from the ground up for scale, security and speed based on the learnings of the achievements and mistakes of previous projects in this space.

To learn more about Spacemesh head over to

To learn more about the Spacemesh protocol watch this video.


Spacemesh is designed to create a decentralized blockchain smart contracts computer and a cryptocurrency that is formed by connecting the home PCs of people from around the world into one virtual computer without incurring massive energy waste and mining pools issues that are inherent in other blockchain computers, and provide a provably-secure and incentive-compatible smart contracts execution environment.

Spacemesh is designed to be ASIC-resistant and in a way that doesn’t give an unfair advantage to rich parties who can afford setting up dedicated computers on the network. We achieve this by using a novel consensus protocol and optimize the software to be most effectively be used on home PCs that are also used for interactive apps.

What is this good for?

Provide dapp and app developers with a robust way to add value exchange and other value related features to their apps at scale. Our goal is to create a truly decentralized cryptocurrency that fulfills the original vision behind bitcoin to become a secure trustless store of value as well as a transactional currency with extremely low transaction fees.

Target Users

go-spacemesh is designed to be installed and operated on users’ home PCs to form one decentralized computer. It is going to be distributed in the Spacemesh App but people can also build and run it from source code.

Project Status

We are working hard towards our first major milestone - a public permissionless testnet running the Spacemesh consensus protocol.


Thank you for considering to contribute to the go-spacemesh open source project!

We welcome contributions large and small and we actively accept contributions.

Diggin’ Deeper

Please read the Spacemesh full FAQ.

go-spacemesh Architecture

High Level Design

Client Software Architecture


git clone

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Since the project uses Go 1.11’s Modules it is best to place the code outside your $GOPATH. Read this for alternatives.

Setting Up Local Environment

Install Go 1.11 or later for your platform, if you haven’t already.

Ensure that $GOPATH is set correctly and that the $GOPATH/bin directory appears in $PATH.

Before building we need to install protoc (ProtoBuf compiler) and some tools required to generate ProtoBufs. Do this by running:

make install

This will invoke which supports Linux and MacOS. On other platforms it should be straightforward to follow the steps in this script manually.


To build go-spacemesh for your current system architecture, from the project root directory, use:

make build

This will (re-)generate protobuf files and build the go-spacemesh binary, saving it in the build/ directory.

To build a binary for a specific architecture directory use:

make darwin | linux | windows

Platform-specific binaries are saved to the /build directory.


go-spacemesh is p2p software which is designed to form a decentralized network by connecting to other instances of go-spacemesh running on remote computers.

To run go-spacemesh you need to specify the parameters shared between all instances on a specific network.

You specify these parameters by providing go-spacemesh with a toml config file. Other CLI flags control local node behavior and override default values.

Joining a Testnet (without mining)

  1. Build go-spacemesh from source code.
  2. Obtain the testnet’s toml config file.
  3. Start go-spacemesh with the following arguments:
./go-spacemesh --grpc-server --json-server --tcp-port [a_port] --config [tomlFileLocation] -d [nodeDataFilesPath]

Assuming tn1.toml is a testnet config file saved in the same directory as go-spacemesh, use the following command to join the testnet. The data folder will be created in the same directory as go-spacemesh. The node will use TCP port 7152 and UDP port 7152 for p2p connections:

./go-spacemesh --grpc-server --json-server --tcp-port 7152 --config ./[tn1.toml]( -d ./sm_data
  1. Build the CLI Wallet from source code and run it:

  2. Use the CLI Wallet commands to setup accounts, start smeshing and execute transactions.


Joining a Testnet (with mining)

  1. Run go-spacemesh to join a testnet without mining (see above).
  2. Run the CLI Wallet to create a coinbase account. Save your coinbase account public address - you’ll need it later.
  3. Stop go-spacemesh and start it with the following params:
./go-spacemesh --grpc-server --json-server --tcp-port [a_port] --config [tomlFileLocation] -d [nodeDataFilesPath] --coinbase [coinbase_account] --start-mining --post-datadir [dir_for_post_data]
./go-spacemesh --grpc-server --json-server --tcp-port 7152 --config ./tn1.toml -d ./sm_data --coinbase 0x36168c60e06abbb4f5df6d1dd6a1b15655d71e75 --start-mining --post-datadir ./post_data
  1. Use the CLI wallet to check your coinbase account balance and to transact

Joining Spacemesh 0.1 (TweedleDee) Testnet

  1. Build go-spacemesh source code from this github release: go-spacemesh 0.1.9.
  2. Follow the instructions on how to join a testnet with mining (above) and use Testnet 0.1 (TweedleDee) Config File as your node’s config file.


NOTE: if tests are hanging try running ulimit -n 400. some tests require that to work.

make test


make cover


A Dockerfile is included in the project allowing anyone to build and run a docker image:

docker build -t spacemesh .
docker run -d --name=spacemesh spacemesh


On windows you will need the following prerequisites: - Powershell - included by in Windows by default since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Git for Windows - after installation remove C:\Program Files\Git\bin from System PATH and add C:\Program Files\Git\cmd to System PATH - Make - after installation add C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin to System PATH

You can then run the command make install followed by make build as on unix based systems.

Running a Local Testnet

  • You can run a local Spacemesh Testent with 6 full nodes, 6 user accounts, and 1 POET support service on your computer using docker.
  • The local testnet full nodes are built from this repo.
  • This is a great way to get a feel for the protocol and the platform and to start hacking on Spacemesh.
  • Follow the steps in our Local Testnet Guide

Next Steps…

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