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A turnkey, Docker-based sandbox that enables quick and easy exploration of Hyperledger Indy concepts. This devops repo can be used to gather hands-on experience of Indy basics using the scenarios outlined in the Sovrin's Getting Started Guide.

Quick Summary commands

With just three command lines executed you have the Indy Demo ready to use.

$ git clone
$ cd indy-tutorial-sandbox
$ make indy-base
$ make local run-demo

Indy Docker

A Docker file is provided that creates and configures Indy nodes and clients. The resulting Docker image can be used to instantiate the particants in the Alice Demo that are described in the Sovrin's Getting Started Guide.


While the Docker image that will be created below may run on many different versions of Docker, it was initially tested and verified on Docker v17.10.0-ce. To see what version of Docker is currently installed on your system, run:

$ docker --version

Information on downloading and installing Docker for various platforms can be found here.

Step 1: Create the Indy Docker Image

Clone the indy-tutorial-sandbox repository.

$ git clone

Change to the cloned directory and use the Makefile target indy-base to create the indy-base Docker image.

$ make indy-base

Now, you should have a indy-base Docker image available to run.

$ docker images
REPOSITORY              TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
indy-base               latest              0e5fe43800da        43 hours ago        1.09GB

Step 2: Run the Alice Demo

You can set up and run the Alice Demo using the indy-base Docker image from Step 1. In the cloned directory there is a Makefile that can be used to start and stop all of the Docker containers used for the demo.

The run-demo target starts a four-node pool (Node1-Node4), sets up and runs the Faber, Acme and Thrift agents, and starts an Indy CLI.

$ make local run-demo

The Makefile has a number of targets that perform many tasks. Using the local target before anything will set the IP addresses for the pool and agents to be local. If you want to use a different IP address, you can pass the values at the command line. An example is shown below.

$ make run-demo IPS=,,, IPFABER= IPACME= IPTHRIFT=

To see what your local address is you can run the command with just the local target.

$ make local 

After executing the run-demo target, you should have 8 Docker containers running.

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                              NAMES    
e26633e1d1f9        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c '   ..."   10 seconds ago      Up 11 seconds                                          Indy
41e9fcc0733f        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'gen..."   11 seconds ago      Up 12 seconds>7777/tcp             Thrift
287accdc16a2        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'gen..."   12 seconds ago      Up 12 seconds>6666/tcp             Acme
5d13e6af5836        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'gen..."   13 seconds ago      Up 13 seconds>5555/tcp             Faber
70126d9120f0        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'ini..."   13 seconds ago      Up 14 seconds>9707-9708/tcp   Node4
5305fcb69354        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'ini..."   14 seconds ago      Up 15 seconds>9705-9706/tcp   Node3
63932d40357e        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'ini..."   15 seconds ago      Up 15 seconds>9703-9704/tcp   Node2
7e9f2f93f41e        indy-base           "/bin/bash -c 'ini..."   15 seconds ago      Up 16 seconds>9701-9702/tcp   Node1

When the Indy container starts, it runs several Indy commands that set up the agents. Once the agents are operational, you are at the indy prompt and the demo environment is ready for use. You can now follow the Alice Demo scenario.

The following commands are from the demo script and can be used to test that the demo environment is working correctly.

indy@test> prompt ALICE
ALICE@test> new wallet Alice
ALICE@test> show sample/faber-request.indy
ALICE@test> load sample/faber-request.indy
ALICE@test> show connection "Faber College"
ALICE@test> accept request from "Faber College"
ALICE@test> show claim Transcript
ALICE@test> request claim Transcript
ALICE@test> show claim Transcript

Makefile Targets

The following Makefile targets can be used to start and stop the Docker containers and set up the demo environment used for the Alice Demo.


  • Create the Docker image that is used for both Indy nodes and clients.


  • Find the local host IP address.


  • Start all Indy node, Indy agents and Indy CLI used for the Alice Demo. This also automatically executes several Indy commands that set up the agents before leaving you at the indy> prompt.


  • Start a new Indy CLI client leaving you at the indy> prompt.


  • Stop all Docker containers used for the Alice Demo.


  • Start all stopped Docker containers used for the Alice Demo that were stopped using the stop target.


  • Stop and remove all Docker containers used for the Alice Demo.


Some failures running through the demo can be due to failure to contact the various service endpoints. Verify the IP addresses that the makefile is using.

If you are running all of the services locally and using the local make target in combination with other targets, the makefile will try to determine the correct local host IP address. When this target is used on its own, you can see what the makefile thinks your local host address is. It will not setup the demo but only show your local address.

$ make -f Makefile local
Local IP is

If this IP address is not correct you can:

  1. Edit the Makefile and update them,
  2. Run the makefile from the command line and supply them.

The defaults in the Makefile are shown below.


Using the Docker Image

The indy-base Docker image is used for both Indy nodes and clients.

You can run the Docker image and interact with it using a bash shell.

$ docker run -it --rm indy-base /bin/bash

To start the Docker image as an Indy client:

$ docker run -it --rm indy-base /bin/bash
# indy
Loading module /usr/local/lib/python3.5/dist-packages/config/
Module loaded.

Indy-CLI (c) 2017 Evernym, Inc.
Type 'help' for more information.
Running Indy 1.2


To start the docker image as an Indy node:

$ docker run -it --rm indy-base /bin/bash
# init_indy_keys --name Alpha
# start_indy_node Alpha 9701 9702

You can connect to an existing node:

$ docker exec -it Node1 /bin/bash


To stop and remove the created Docker containers from your system:

$ make clean

To remove the Docker image from your system:

$ docker rmi indy-base


A turnkey, Docker-based sandbox that enables quick and easy exploration of Hyperledger Indy concepts.




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