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Blockstack Core

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Blockstack is a new decentralized web, where users own their data and apps run on user devices without the need for hosting. Developers can build serverless apps without the need to trust any centralized services or infrastructure.

For more info on Blockstack see:

Blockstack Core is the reference implementation of Blockstack. It is responsible for processing blockchain transactions, creating virtualchain state, and building the peer network amongst other things. Blockstack Core provides a RESTful interface for clients and also comes with a command-line-interface (CLI).

Table of Contents

Quick Start

The fastest way to get started with Blockstack is with pip:

sudo pip install blockstack

After installation, you can start Blockstack Core and index the blockchain:

$ blockstack-server start

Next, visit the basic usage docs and extended usage docs to learn how to register names of your own, as well as transfer them and associate data with them.

If you encounter any technical issues in installing or using Blockstack, please search the open issues and start a new one if your issue is not covered.

Development Status

v0.14.0 is the current stable release of Blockstack Core (available on the master branch).
v0.14.1 is the next release candidate for Blockstack Core (available on the v0.14.1 branch). See the release notes.

Most of the development is happening in the v0.14.1 branch. Please submit all pull requests to that branch.

Blockstack Docs

You can learn more by visiting the Blockstack Website and checking out the in-depth articles and documentation:

You can also read the Blockstack paper:

If you have high-level questions about Blockstack, try searching our forum and start a new question if your question is not answered there.


We welcome any small or big contributions! Please take a moment to review the guidelines for contributing to open source in order to make the contribution process easy and effective for everyone involved.

Developers: You can try out Blockstack Core in a local sandbox using our integration test framework.

Main Authors

All Code Contributors


We have an active community of developers and the best place to interact with the community is:

Copyright and License

The code and documentation copyright are attributed to for the year of 2017.

This code is released under the GPL v3 license, and the docs are released under the Creative Commons license.