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README.md

Mist Browserbeta

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The Mist browser is the tool of choice to browse and use Ðapps.

For the Mist API see MISTAPI.md.

This repository is the Electron host for the Meteor-based wallet dapp.

Help and troubleshooting

In order to get help regarding Mist or Ethereum Wallet:

  1. Please check the Mist troubleshooting guide.
  2. Go to our Gitter channel to connect with the community for instant help.
  3. Search for similar issues and potential help.
  4. Or create a new issue and provide as much information as you can to recreate your problem.

How to contribute

Contributions via Pull Requests are welcome. You can see where to help looking for issues with the Enhancement or Bug labels. We can help guide you towards the solution.

You can also help by responding to issues. Sign up on CodeTriage and it'll send you gentle notifications with a configurable frequency. It is a nice way to help while learning.

Installation

If you want to install the app from a pre-built version on the release page, you can simply run the executable after download.

For updating, simply download the new version and copy it over the old one (keep a backup of the old one if you want to be sure).

Linux .zip installs

In order to install from .zip files, please install libgconf2-4 first:

apt-get install libgconf2-4

Config folder

The data folder for Mist depends on your operating system:

  • Windows %APPDATA%\Mist
  • macOS ~/Library/Application\ Support/Mist
  • Linux ~/.config/Mist

Development

For development, a Meteor server assists with live reload and CSS injection.

Once a Mist version is released the Meteor frontend part is bundled using the meteor-build-client npm package to create pure static files.

Dependencies

To run mist in development you need:

  • Node.js v7.x (use the preferred installation method for your OS)
  • Meteor javascript app framework
  • Yarn package manager

Install the latter ones via:

$ curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh
$ curl -o- -L https://yarnpkg.com/install.sh | bash

Initialization

Now you're ready to initialize Mist for development:

$ git clone https://github.com/ethereum/mist.git
$ cd mist
$ yarn

To update Mist in the future, run:

$ cd mist
$ git pull
$ yarn

Run Mist

For development we start the interface with a Meteor server for auto-reload etc.

Start the interface in a separate terminal window:

$ yarn dev:meteor

In the original window you can then start Mist with:

$ cd mist
$ yarn dev:electron

NOTE: Client binaries (e.g. geth) specified in clientBinaries.json will be checked during every startup and downloaded if out-of-date, binaries are stored in the config folder.

NOTE: use --help to display available options, e.g. --loglevel debug (or trace) for verbose output

Run the Wallet

Start the wallet app for development, in a separate terminal window:

$ yarn dev:meteor

In another terminal:

$ cd my/path/meteor-dapp-wallet/app && meteor --port 3050

In the original window you can then start Mist using wallet mode:

$ cd mist
$ yarn dev:electron --mode wallet

Connect your own node

This is useful if you are already running your own node or would like to connect with a private or development network.

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc path/to/geth.ipc

Passing options to Geth

You can pass command-line options directly to Geth by prefixing them with --node- in the command-line invocation:

$ yarn dev:electron --mode mist --node-rpcport 19343 --node-networkid 2

The --rpc Mist option is a special case. If you set this to an IPC socket file path then the --ipcpath option automatically gets set, i.e.:

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc path/to/geth.ipc

...is the same as doing...

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc /my/geth.ipc --node-ipcpath /path/to/geth.ipc

Creating a local private net

If you would like to quickly set up a local private network on your computer, run:

geth --dev

Look for the IPC path in the resulting geth output, then start Mist with:

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc path/to/geth.ipc

Deployment

Our build system relies on gulp and electron-builder.

Dependencies

Cross-platform builds require additional electron-builder dependencies.

macOS
$ brew install rpm
Windows
$ brew install wine --without-x11 mono makensis
Linux
$ brew install gnu-tar libicns graphicsmagick xz

Generate packages

To generate the binaries for Mist run:

$ gulp

To generate the Ethereum Wallet (this will pack the one Ðapp from https://github.com/ethereum/meteor-dapp-wallet):

$ gulp --wallet

The generated binaries will be under dist_mist/release or dist_wallet/release.

Options

platform

To build binaries for specific platforms (default: all available) use the following flags:

$ gulp --mac      # mac
$ gulp --linux    # linux
$ gulp --win      # windows
walletSource

With the walletSource you can specify the Wallet branch to use, default is master:

$ gulp --wallet --walletSource local

Options are:

Note: applicable only when combined with --wallet

skipTasks

When building a binary, you can optionally skip some tasks — generally for testing purposes.

$ gulp --mac --skipTasks=bundling-interface,release-dist
Checksums

Spits out the MD5 checksums of the distributables.

It expects installer/zip files to be in the generated folders e.g. dist_mist/release

$ gulp checksums [--wallet]

Cutting a release

  1. Install release globally:

    $ yarn global add release
  2. Create a git tag and a GitHub release:

    $ release <major|minor|patch>
  3. A generated release draft will open in the default browser. Edit the information and add assets as necessary.

Testing

Tests run using Spectron, a webdriver.io runner built for Electron.

First make sure to build Mist with:

$ gulp

Then run the tests:

$ gulp test

Note: Integration tests are not yet supported on Windows.