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Go Sero

Anonymous cryptocurrency based on zero-knowledge proof technology and refactored ethereum protocol by Golang.

Building the source

For prerequisites and detailed build instructions please read the Installation Instructions on the wiki.

Building sero requires both a Go (version 1.7 or later) and a C++ compiler. You can install them using your favourite package manager. Once the dependencies are installed, run


or, to build the full suite of utilities:

make all


The go-sero project comes with several wrappers/executables found in the cmd directory.

Command Description
gero Our main Gero CLI client. It is the entry point into the Sero network (alpha or dev net), capable of running as a full node (default). It can be used by other processes as a gateway into the Sero network via JSON RPC endpoints exposed on top of HTTP, WebSocket and/or IPC transports. gero --help and the CLI Wiki page for command line options.
bootnode Stripped down version of our Sero client implementation that only takes part in the network node discovery protocol, but does not run any of the higher level application protocols. It can be used as a lightweight bootstrap node to aid in finding peers in private networks.

Running gero

Going through all the possible command line flags is out of scope here (please consult our CLI Wiki page), but we've enumerated a few common parameter combos to get you up to speed quickly on how you can run your own sero instance.

Sero networks

sero have 4 networks: dev, alpha(internal test), beta(public test), main(the main network will be online soon)

For example

gero --dev ... will connect to a private network for development, developer need to setup bootnode and member miner in it.

gero --alpha ... will connect to Sero's alpha network, it is a testing network with public bootnodes and public miner member supported

gero ... will connect to Sero's beta network, it is for public testing. License is needed for mining

Go into console with the Sero network options

By far the most common scenario is people wanting to simply interact with the Sero network: create accounts; transfer funds; deploy and interact with contracts. Mining in sero beta network need to be licensed because it is for public testing, please send apply email to gordon@sero .vip

To do so:

$ gero --${NETWORK_OPTIONS} console

You are connecting sero beta network if startup gero without ${NETWORK_OPTIONS}, main network is not online yet, it will be online soon

This command will:

  • Start up sero's built-in interactive JavaScript console, (via the trailing console subcommand) through which you can invoke all official(here just reference ethereum web3 style) web3 methods . This too is optional and if you leave it out you can always attach to an already running sero instance with gero --datadir=${DATADIR} attach.

Go into console on the Sero alpha network

Transitioning towards developers, if you'd like to play around with creating Sero contracts, you almost certainly would like to do that without any real money involved until you get the hang of the entire system. In other words, instead of attaching to the main network, you want to join the alpha network with your node, which is fully equivalent to the main network, but with play-Sero only.

$ gero --alpha console

The console subcommand have the exact same meaning as above. Please see above for their explanations if you've skipped to here.

Specifying the --alpha flag however will reconfigure your sero instance a bit:

  • Instead of using the default data directory (~/.sero on Linux for example), sero will nest itself one level deeper into a alpha subfolder (~/.sero/alpha on Linux). Note, on OSX and Linux this also means that attaching to a running alpha network node requires the use of a custom endpoint since sero attach will try to attach to a production node endpoint by default. E.g. gero attach <datadir>/alpha/sero.ipc.
  • Instead of connecting the main Sero network, the client will connect to the alpha network, which uses different P2P bootnodes, different network IDs and genesis states.

Note: Although there are some internal protective measures to prevent transactions from crossing over between the main(beta) network and alpha network, you should make sure to always use separate accounts for play-money and real-money. Unless you manually move accounts, sero will by default correctly separate the two networks and will not make any accounts available between them.

Go into console on the Sero dev network

$ gero --dev console

With dev option, developer should config bootnode in local private network and develop new functions without affect

outside Sero networks

Operating a dev network

Maintaining your own private dev network is more involved as a lot of configurations taken for granted in the official networks need to be manually set up.


As an alternative to passing the numerous flags to the gero binary, you can also pass a configuration file via:

$ gero --config /path/to/your_config.toml

To get an idea how the file should look like you can use the dumpconfig subcommand to export your existing configuration:

$ gero --your-favourite-flags dumpconfig

Programatically interfacing sero nodes

As a developer, sooner rather than later you'll want to start interacting with sero and the Sero network via your own programs and not manually through the console. To aid this, sero has built-in support for a JSON-RPC based APIs (standard APIs and sero specific APIs). These can be exposed via HTTP, WebSockets and IPC (unix sockets on unix based platforms, and named pipes on Windows).

The IPC interface is enabled by default and exposes all the APIs supported by sero, whereas the HTTP and WS interfaces need to manually be enabled and only expose a subset of APIs due to security reasons. These can be turned on/off and configured as you'd expect.

HTTP based JSON-RPC API options:

  • --rpc Enable the HTTP-RPC server
  • --rpcaddr HTTP-RPC server listening interface (default: "localhost")
  • --rpcport HTTP-RPC server listening port (default: 8545)
  • --rpcapi API's offered over the HTTP-RPC interface (default: "sero,net,web3")
  • --rpccorsdomain Comma separated list of domains from which to accept cross origin requests (browser enforced)
  • --ws Enable the WS-RPC server
  • --wsaddr WS-RPC server listening interface (default: "localhost")
  • --wsport WS-RPC server listening port (default: 8546)
  • --wsapi API's offered over the WS-RPC interface (default: "sero,net,web3")
  • --wsorigins Origins from which to accept websockets requests
  • --ipcdisable Disable the IPC-RPC server
  • --ipcapi API's offered over the IPC-RPC interface (default: "admin,debug,sero,miner,net,personal,shh,txpool,web3")
  • --ipcpath Filename for IPC socket/pipe within the datadir (explicit paths escape it)

You'll need to use your own programming environments' capabilities (libraries, tools, etc) to connect via HTTP, WS or IPC to a sero node configured with the above flags and you'll need to speak JSON-RPC on all transports. You can reuse the same connection for multiple requests!

Note: Please understand the security implications of opening up an HTTP/WS based transport before doing so! Hackers on the internet are actively trying to subvert Sero nodes with exposed APIs! Further, all browser tabs can access locally running webservers, so malicious webpages could try to subvert locally available APIs!

Creating the communction center point with bootnode

With all nodes that you want to run initialized to the desired genesis state, you'll need to start a bootstrap node that others can use to find each other in your network and/or over the internet. The clean way is to configure and run a dedicated bootnode:

$ bootnode --genkey=boot.key
$ bootnode --nodekey=boot.key

With the bootnode online, it will display an snode URL that other nodes can use to connect to it and exchange peer information. Make sure to replace the displayed IP address information (most probably [::]) with your externally accessible IP to get the actual snode URL.

Note: You could also use a full fledged sero node as a bootnode, but it's the less recommended way.

Note: there is bootnodes already available in sero alpha network and sero main network, setup developer's own bootnode is supposed to be used for dev network.

Starting up your member nodes

With the bootnode operational and externally reachable (you can try telnet <ip> <port> to ensure it's indeed reachable), start every subsequent sero node pointed to the bootnode for peer discovery via the --bootnodes flag. It will probably also be desirable to keep the data directory of your private network separated, so do also specify a custom --datadir flag.

$ gero --datadir=path/to/custom/data/folder --bootnodes=<bootnode-snode-url-from-above>

Note: Since your network will be completely cut off from the sero main and sero alpha networks, you'll also need to configure a miner to process transactions and create new blocks for you.

Note: Mining on the public Sero network need apply license before hand( It is will earn sero coins in miner's account.

Running a dev network miner

In a dev network setting however, a single CPU miner instance is more than enough for practical purposes as it can produce a stable stream of blocks at the correct intervals without needing heavy resources (consider running on a single thread, no need for multiple ones either). To start a sero instance for mining, run it with all your usual flags, extended by:

$ gero <usual-flags> --mine --minerthreads=1 --serobase=2S4kr7ZHFmgue2kLLngtWnAuHMQgV6jyv34SedvHifm1h3oomx59MEqfEmtnw3mCLnSA2FDojgjTA1WWydxHkUUt

Which will start mining blocks and transactions on a single CPU thread, crediting all proceedings to the account specified by --serobase. You can further tune the mining by changing the default gas limit blocks converge to (--targetgaslimit) and the price transactions are accepted at (--gasprice).

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Thank you for considering to help out with the source code! We welcome contributions from anyone on the internet, and are grateful for even the smallest of fixes!

If you'd like to contribute to go-sero, please fork, fix, commit and send a pull request for the maintainers to review and merge into the main code base.

Please make sure your contributions adhere to our coding guidelines:

  • Code must adhere to the official Go formatting guidelines (i.e. uses gofmt).
  • Code must be documented adhering to the official Go commentary guidelines.
  • Pull requests need to be based on and opened against the master branch.
  • Commit messages should be prefixed with the package(s) they modify.
    • E.g. "sero, rpc: make trace configs optional"

Please see the Developers' Guide for more details on configuring your environment, managing project dependencies and testing procedures.


The go-sero library (i.e. all code outside of the cmd directory) is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0, also included in our repository in the COPYING.LESSER file.

The go-sero binaries (i.e. all code inside of the cmd directory) is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0, also included in our repository in the COPYING file.

Note: Go Sero inherit with licenses of ethereum.