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Flow is a fast, secure, and developer-friendly blockchain built to support the next generation of games, apps and the digital assets that power them. Read more about it here.

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Getting started


You can find an overview of the Flow architecture on the documentation website.

Development on Flow is divided into work streams. Each work stream has a home directory containing high-level documentation for the stream, as well as links to documentation for relevant components used by that work stream.

The following table lists all work streams and links to their home directory and documentation:

Work Stream Home directory
Access Node /cmd/access
Collection Node /cmd/collection
Consensus Node /cmd/consensus
Execution Node /cmd/execution
Verification Node /cmd/verification
Observer Service /cmd/observer
HotStuff /consensus/hotstuff
Storage /storage
Ledger /ledger
Networking /network
Cryptography /crypto


  • Clone this repository

  • Install Go (Flow supports Go 1.18 and later)

  • Install Docker, which is used for running a local network and integration tests

  • Make sure the GOPATH and GOBIN environment variables are set, and GOBIN is added to your path:

    export GOPATH=$(go env GOPATH)
    export GOBIN=$GOPATH/bin
    export PATH=$PATH:$GOBIN

    Add these to your shell profile to persist them for future runs.

  • Then, run the following command:

    make install-tools

At this point, you should be ready to build, test, and run Flow! 🎉

Development Workflow


Flow has a unit test suite and an integration test suite. Unit tests for a module live within the module they are testing. Integration tests live in integration/tests.

Run the unit test suite:

make test

Run the integration test suite:

make integration-test


The recommended way to build and run Flow for local development is using Docker.

Build a Docker image for all nodes:

make docker-native-build-flow

Build a Docker image for a particular node role (replace $ROLE with collection, consensus, etc.):

make docker-native-build-$ROLE

Importing the module

When importing the module in your Go project, testing or building your project may require setting extra Go flags because the module requires cgo. In particular, CGO_ENABLED must be set to 1 if cgo isn't enabled by default. This constraint comes from the underlying cryptography library. Refer to the crypto repository build for more details.

Local Network

A local version of the network can be run for manual testing and integration. See the Local Network Guide for instructions.

Code Generation

Generated code is kept up to date in the repository, so should be committed whenever it changes.

Run all code generators:

make generate

Generate protobuf stubs:

make generate-proto

Generate OpenAPI schema models:

make generate-openapi

Generate mocks used for unit tests:

make generate-mocks