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+++ title = "Lightchain Node Setup" toc = true weight = 1 +++

In this section, we will explain the steps to install and synchronize a Lightstreams blockchain node. Moreover, as part of the functionalities are required to transfer tokens between user account, we will be providing examples of how to interact with the Lightstreams blockchain in order to create accounts, transfer tokens, and fetch transaction receipts.


Lightstreams has released its own ethereum-compatible blockchain which uses Byzantine consensus to replace the original proof-of-work (PoW) from Ethereum.

Using lightchain you can connect to Lightstreams blockchain and use every functionality currently existing on Ethereum. See more in the command line documentation

Pre-compiled binaries

Lightstreams provides precompiled binaries for the most popular Unix distributions: and macOS.

== macOS ==

wget "" -O /usr/local/bin/lightchain

== Linux (amd64) ==

wget "" -O /usr/local/bin/lightchain

After downloading the binary, you will need to set the right executable permissions to it, as follow:

chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/lightchain

From Source code

In case you prefer to compile your own version of lightchain you just need to follow the instructions at this repository.

Run Lightchain node

Once lightchain is installed we can proceed with the initialization and synchronization of a new lightstreams node.

Lightstreams implements three different networks:

  • mainnet: Main company network
  • sirius: Test network, free tokens.
  • standalone: Isolated-local test network.

At the minute lightchain is connecting by default to mainnet. For testing proposes we recommend to use sirius or standalone.

Node initialization

To initialise a new blockchain you need to run lightchain init and choose a local path where blockchain files are going to be stored.

lightchain init --datadir="${HOME}/.lightchain" [--mainnet|--sirius|--standalone]

Node launching

To run a lightchain node you only need to run the following command:

lightchain run --datadir="${HOME}/.lightchain"

After the above command is executed the Lightstreams node will proceed with the synchronization. It would take up to several minutes, so it is time to take request your first free tokens for Sirius network.

Once the node is synchronized we should leave node running in order to interact with the blockchain.

Lightstreams also provides two block explorers, one for the MainNet and another for Sirius, to see which is the current state of the blockchain. The block explorer code is open-sourced, so in case you decide to use standalone you could also run a local instance of it.


To see more available options for launching a lightchain node, check the client documentation section or execute in the terminal:

lightchain run -h

Interact with Lightstreams node

As it was mentioned above, Lightstreams node is fully ethereum-compatible therefore ethereum JSON RPC API is also available.

To enable those RPC endpoints, we need to specify the APIs we want to enable and the endpoints. At the command line argument, when Lightstreams node is launched, we need to include --rpc --rpcapi eth,net,web3,personal,admin. In case you want to enable the WebSocket endpoints you have to also use--ws

lightchain run --datadir="${HOME}/.lightchain" --rpc --rpcapi eth,net,web3,personal,admin --ws

By default RPC API is exposed over port :8545 and WebSocket over port :8546. In case you want to specify a different port, you may use the following flags --rpcport ${RPC_PORT} or --wsport ${WS_PORT} respectively.

In addition to those, IPC Unix socket is always enabled and you can find it at ${HOME}/.lightchain/database/geth.ipc (according to the values used on above example)


As it is explained above we can interact with Lightstreams node as we would have been interacting with an Ethereum node. For instance, we could attach a Geth to the running Lightstreams node and create a new account and perform a transfer.

Start interactive Geth console

geth attach http://localhost:8545

Create a new account

> personal.newAccount("passphrase")

Transfer tokens

> eth.sendTransaction({from:eth.accounts[0], to:"0xe7094bd66363c0442bd99ea00fccb19b0d272453", value: web3.toWei(0.05, "ether")})

Read receipt

> eth.getTransactionReceipt("0x2ca8bce6a70566a0869a9fd2ac74743e05fe19e17ec118d7a4933f07714faeed")
  blockHash: "0xc96707c294c79b7d3667a59e5f097f72375d4b7f0135e0055eabc5e70ddec717",
  blockNumber: 17793,
  contractAddress: null,
  cumulativeGasUsed: 21000,
  from: "0xc916cfe5c83dd4fc3c3b0bf2ec2d4e401782875e",
  gasUsed: 21000,
  logs: [],
  logsBloom: "0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
  status: "0x1",
  to: "0xe7094bd66363c0442bd99ea00fccb19b0d272453",
  transactionHash: "0x2ca8bce6a70566a0869a9fd2ac74743e05fe19e17ec118d7a4933f07714faeed",
  transactionIndex: 0

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