Create a private, difficulty 1 bitcoin testnet
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bitcoin-testnet-box

This is a private, difficulty 1 testnet in a box.

The master branch is meant for bitcoind v0.8.0. Check the tags for other bitcoind versions.

You must have bitcoind installed on your system and in the path.

Starting the testnet-box

This will start-up two nodes using the two datadirs 1 and 2. They will only connect to each other in order to remain an isolated private testnet. You need two because otherwise the node won't generate blocks.

Node 1 will listen on port 19000, allowing node 2 to connect to it.

Node 1 will listen on port 19001 and node 2 will listen on port 19011 for the JSON-RPC server.

$ make start

Check the status of the nodes

$ make getinfo
bitcoind -datadir=1  getinfo
{
    "version" : 80000,
    "protocolversion" : 70001,
    "walletversion" : 60000,
    "balance" : 0.00000000,
    "blocks" : 55922,
    "connections" : 1,
    "proxy" : "",
    "difficulty" : 1.00000000,
    "testnet" : true,
    "keypoololdest" : 1362643839,
    "keypoolsize" : 101,
    "paytxfee" : 0.00000000,
    "errors" : ""
}
bitcoind -datadir=2  getinfo
{
    "version" : 80000,
    "protocolversion" : 70001,
    "walletversion" : 60000,
    "balance" : 0.00000000,
    "blocks" : 55922,
    "connections" : 1,
    "proxy" : "",
    "difficulty" : 1.00000000,
    "testnet" : true,
    "keypoololdest" : 1362643615,
    "keypoolsize" : 101,
    "paytxfee" : 0.00000000,
    "errors" : ""
}

Generating blocks

To start generating blocks:

$ make generate-true

To stop generating blocks:

$ make generate-false

Stopping the testnet-box

$ make stop

To clean up any files created while running the testnet and restore to the original state:

$ make clean