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Install the dependencies:

  • Git
  • Python modules:
  • Vagrant plugins (for running the network on AWS):
    • vagrant-aws
    • vagrant-docker-compose
  • NPM
  • aws

Run the following command from your terminal:

curl -fsSL | bash

This repo depends on the fact that the chaincode repo you want to deploy has at least the chaincodes configuration in your package.json


With the following command you can get an overview of all the commands available:

kuma-hf-network -h

Boostrap a default network configuration

When you want to create a new network configuration, you can initialize a new network with the following command:

kuma-hf-network boostrap .

This will create a default aws configuration and network configuration at the provided path and generate all the artifacts based on this configuration.

Generate certificates, docker files, channel artifacts

kuma-hf-network generate <crypto_config>

Generates all the artifacts needed to bring the network up and configure the channels based on the provided crypto_config.

Generate a new user for a certain organisation

kuma-hf-network generate-user <name> <org> <crypto_config>

Generate al the crytographic material for a new user belonging to a certain organisation.

Generates all the artifacts needed to bring the network up and configure the channels based on the provided crypto_config.

Bring the network UP

kuma-hf-network network-up <crypto_config> <aws_config>

Create all the aws instances as provided in the aws_config and bring up all the fabric instances using the cryptographic material generated with the crypto_config. This will also output scripts for updating the hosts file with the DNS linking to the ip addresses on aws.

Bring the network DOWN

kuma-hf-network network-down <aws_config>

Bring the network back down.

Update the chaincodes on the current network

kuma-hf-network update-chaincodes

Upgrade the chaincodes on the network based on the version in the package.json of each chaincode. This script depends on the chaincodes being generated with the hyperledger-fabric-chaincode-dev-setup and the version inside the package.json will be used to see if a certain chaincode needs to be updated or not.

Update the current tool

kuma-hf-network update

Update the script to the latest version.

AWS Configuration

In the back we are using the aws cli utility, make sure this is configured correctly by running aws configure. And setting the following environment variables:

  • AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, your aws secret key
  • AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, your aws access key id

More information can be found here:

Configuring your AWS EC2 Instances

First you need to configure your AWS account, make sure a VPC is created with a keypair to access it, it's own subnet and security-group. A detailed tutorial can be found here. When this is all configured you can start modifying the configuration file so that this script can bring the network up. Configuring the network can be done via the aws configuration file. This is the configuration file you need to provide when running kuma-hf-network network-up.

  • region, the region to start the instances in, for example "eu-west-1"
  • availability_zone, the availability zone within the region to launch the instance. If nil, it will use the default set by Amazon.
  • security_groups, an array of security group ids, more information can be found here
  • subnet_id, the id of the subnet to use, more information can be found here
  • keypair_name, the name of the keypair that should be used to access the EC2 Instance, more information can be found here
  • private_key_path, the path on your local machine to the private key of the keypair
  • ssh_username, the name of the user to access the EC2 instance
  • consul_master_ip, the ip address of the instance you want to use as consul master
  • chaincode_repository, the gitrepository where the chaincode can be found
  • chaincode_base_path, the path to the chaincode inside the chaincode github repository
  • chaincode_build, specify if the chaincode should be build first, this will execute "npm run build"
  • private_ssh_key_for_chaincode_repo, the path to the private key needed to get access to to the chaincode repository
  • public_ssh_key_for_chaincode_repo, the path to the public key needed to get access to to the chaincode repository
  • ec2s, a map of all the ec2 instances you cant to deploy, with the key being the name and the value being instance specific configuration

EC2 Instance configuration

You can create as many of ec2 instances as you want, for every instance you need to configure the following things:

  • ami_id, the ami id to boot, for example: ami-785db401 which is an amd64 ubuntu server
  • instance_type: the type of instance
  • fabric: an array with the different fabric tools you want to deploy on this instance. Each tool exists out of the role (possible roles are "orderer", "peer" and "tools") and the docker file to use.
  • ip: the ip address for this instance
  • volume_size: the volume size for the ebs instance in GB

An overview of the indiviual scripts:

Environment variables description:

  • GEN_PATH: The path to the folder that should contain crypto-config, docker files and channel artifacts

  • scripts/

    Master script that uses all others. Run it with -h to have help on how to use it. This is normally the only script you should run.

  • scripts/crypto_tools/

    Creates crypto-config structure containing the MSP for all organisations, users and peers. Also creates the docker files and runs fabric_artifacts/gen_configtx. Uses all other scripts in scripts/crypto_tools, which use openssl. Uses TLS handshakes.

  • scripts/fabric_artifacts/

    Creates the scripts that generate channel artifacts. Requires the files created by

  • scripts/

    Creates scripts that automatically connect to the network in order to install channels or update chaincodes

  • scripts/

    Creates scripts that modify /etc/hosts in order to resolve network names to ip addresses

The shared folder is shared to all hyperledger tools (CLI) docker containers. It will also be synced to all aws nodes

The shared/chaincode_tools/ folder contains code intended to run on the tools docker containers

  • shared/chaincode_tools/

    Pulls code from the git repository, reads the config file and installs/instantiates/upgrades chaincodes according to that

  • shared/chaincode_tools/

    Compiles go chaincode

  • shared/chaincode_tools/

    Pulls the chaincode repository and puts it in $GOPATH/src. Used by Uses keys defined in aws_config in fields private_ssh_key_for_chaincode_repo and public_ssh_key_for_chaincode_repo

  • provisioning/

    installs node, go and the hyperledger tools. Not used anymore, you can use it manually on AWS nodes however.

  • provisioning/

    Stops all docker containers

  • provisioning/

    installs configtxgen, configtxlator, cryptogen, orderer, peer

Structure of the generated folder

This folder is created by running scripts/ gen

It contains 6 folders (the sixth is generated when booting the network):

  • channel

    Contains scripts that allow the creation of channel artifacts and their use in creating and joining channels.

    • $GEN_PATH/channel/

    Creates the channel, and installs it on the relevant peers

    • $GEN_PATH/channel/

    Creates the initial orderer blocks and initial transactions for each channel

  • crypto_config

    Contains all the cryptographic material needed by a hyperledger fabric network.

  • devmode

    Contains a simplified version of the network that can be used to develop chaincode easily. This repository can be used to develop javascript chaincode efficiently: hyperledger-fabric-chaincode-dev-setup

  • docker

    Contains the docker files used to boot the network

  • hfc-key-store

    Contains signing identities required to connect to the blockchain via an app

  • scripts

    Contains scripts that you can run on your local machine to update /etc/hosts file

Cryptographic materials

Certificate settings

Signature Algorithm must be ecdsa-with-SHA1

The settings are given in the form CA - TLS

Property Root Inter Org Peer User
X509v3 Key Usage
--- Digital Signature V - V V - V V - V V - V V - V
--- Key Encipherment V - V V - V V - V X - V X - V
--- CRL Sign V - V V - V V - V X - X X - X
--- Certificate Sign V - V V - V V - V X - X X - X
X509v3 Basic Constraints
--- CA:TRUE V - V V - V V - V X - X X - X
--- CA:FALSE X - X X - X X - X V - V V - V
X509v3 Authority Key Identifier X - X V - V V - V V - V V - V
X509v3 Subject Key Identifier V - V V - V V - V V - V V - V
X509v3 Extended Key Usage
--- TLS Web Server Authentication X - X X - X X - V X - V X - V
--- TLS Web Client Authentication X - X X - X X - V X - V X - V
--- V - V V - V V - X X - X X - X

AWS Configuration

  • Key Pair:

    You need a key pair which will be used to connect to the aws instances. This key pair consists of a public key (that is on aws), a private key (that is on your local machine) and a key pair name used to refer to that key when creating the instances


  • Install dependencies automatically
  • trigger aws configure automatically
  • make BatchSize, BatchTimeout, ... more configurable


Helper functions for generating configurations for more advanced Hyperledger Fabric Network setup




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