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Kagome is a Polkadot Host (former Polkadot Runtime Environment) developed by Soramitsu and funded by Web3 Foundation grant.


Kagome is early-stage software, you can already execute a block production process.

A simple status-report can be found within section supported features.

Getting Started


For now, please refer to the Dockerfile to get a picture of what you need for a local build-environment.


git clone
cd kagome

mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make kagome -j 

Build with docker

git clone
cd kagome

# build and run tests
INDOCKER_IMAGE=soramitsu/kagome-dev:11 BUILD_DIR=build BUILD_THREADS=9 ./housekeeping/ ./housekeeping/

# You can use to run any script or command inside docker
# It mounts project dir and copy important env variable inside the container.
INDOCKER_IMAGE=soramitsu/kagome-dev:11 ./housekeeping/ gcc --version

## Build Release 
# Build Kagome
INDOCKER_IMAGE=soramitsu/kagome-dev:11 BUILD_DIR=build ./housekeeping/ ./housekeeping/docker/release/
# Create docker image and push 
VERSION=0.0.1 BUILD_DIR=build ./housekeeping/docker/release/
# or just build docker image 
docker build -t soramitsu/kagome:0.0.1 -f ./housekeeping/docker/release/Dockerfile ./build

# Check docker image 
docker run -it --rm soramitsu/kagome:0.0.1 kagome
[2020-06-03 16:26:14][error] the option '--chain' is required but missing

Execute kagome node in development mode

The easiest way to get started with Kagome is to execute in development mode which is a single node network:

kagome --dev

That executes node with default accounts Alice and Bob. You can read about these accounts here.

To launch with wiping existing data you can do:

kagome --dev-with-wipe

Execute Kagome node with validator mode


At the moment launch from the existing db is not implemented, so you should clean up previous db before every launch using the following command from the chain folder in the base path:

rm -rf base_path/dev/db

To launch Kagome validator execute:

cd examples/first_kagome_chain
kagome --validator --chain localchain.json --base-path base_path

This command executes Kagome full node with authority role which can receive extrinsics locally on port using http: 9933. Simple transfer transaction can be sent as follows:

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"id":1, "jsonrpc":"2.0", "method": "author_submitExtrinsic", "params": ["0x290284ffdc3488acc1a6b90aa92cea0cfbe2b00754a74084970b08d968e948d4d3bf161a01e2f2be0a634faeb8401ed2392731df803877dcb2422bb396d48ca24f18661059e3dde41d14b87eb929ec41ab36e6d63be5a1f5c3c5c092c79646a453f4b392890000000600ff488f6d1b0114674dcd81fd29642bc3bcec8c8366f6af0665860f9d4e8c8a972404"]}' http://localhost:9933/

If transaction was successfully applied we should see the following output:


Execute Kagome Polkadot archive node

You can synchronize with Polkadot using Kagome and obtain archive node that can be used to query Polkadot network at any state.


Same note as for validating node. At the moment launch from existing db is not implemented, so you should clean up previous db before every launch using the following command from the chain folder in the base path:

rm -rf syncing_chain

To launch Kagome Polkadot archive node execute:

cd examples/polkadot/
kagome --chain polkadot.json --base-path syncing_chain --port 50541 --rpc-port 50542 --ws-port 50543

After this command syncing node will connect with the full node and start importing blocks.

Note The ports, which are not set in the app arguments, will take a default value. In case of running two nodes on the same address, this may lead to address collision and one node will node be able to start. To avoid this, please set all ports when running several nodes on one machine.

Configuration Details

To run a Kagome node, you need to provide to it a genesis config, cryptographic keys and a place to store db files.

  • Example of a genesis config file can be found in examples/first_kagome_chain/localchain.json
  • Example of a base path dir can be found in examples/first_kagome_chain/base_path
  • To create leveldb files, just provide any base path into kagome executable (mind that start with authority role requires keys to start).

Build Kagome

First build will likely take long time. However, you can cache binaries to hunter-binary-cache or even download binaries from the cache in case someone has already compiled project with the same compiler. To this end, you need to set up two environment variables:

GITHUB_HUNTER_USERNAME=<github account name>
GITHUB_HUNTER_TOKEN=<github token>

To generate github token follow the instructions. Make sure read:packages and write:packages permissions are granted (step 7 in instructions).

This project is can be built with

cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j

Tests can be run with:

cd build

Contributing Guides

Please refer to the Contributor Documentation.

Supported Features

  • Extrinsic Api
    • Receives extrinsics submitted over JSON-RPC, validates them and stores in transaction pool
  • Transaction pool
    • Stores submitted transactions
    • Provides ready transactions, i.e. transaction which pre-conditions defined by tags are satisfied
  • Authorship
    • Creates a block from provided inherents and digest
    • Interacts with Polkadot Runtime to initialize and finalize block
  • Runtime
    • Uses Binaryen WASM interpreter to invoke Polkadot Runtime entries
    • Current runtime entries include:
      • BlockBuilder – checks inherents, applies extrinsics, derives inherent extrinsics, initializes and finalizes blocks
      • Core – gets version of runtime, executes blocks, gets authorities
      • Grandpa – gets grandpa authorities
      • Metadata
      • OffchainWorker (not used)
      • ParachainHost (not used)
      • TaggedTransactionQueue – validates transactions
  • Host Api (aka Extensions)
    • Exposes a set functions that Runtime needs for:
      • Management of the content
      • Memory allocation
      • Cryptography
  • SCALE (polkadot-codec)
    • Implements SCALE codec for data types serialization according to spec.
  • Storage
    • Contains of key-value storage interfaces with LevelDB- and inmemory-based implementations
    • Merkle-Patricia trie implementation, described in spec
  • Clock
    • Gets current time for the peer
  • Consensus
    • Babe block production
    • Grandpa finalization
  • Crypto
    • blake2
    • ed25519
    • keccak
    • sha
    • Schnorr's vrf and sr25519 (bindings over Web3’s schnorrkel library)
    • twox
  • Networking
    • Kagome uses cpp-libp2p for peer-to-peer interactions and peer discovery
    • Gossiper and Gossiper observer
    • SyncClient and SyncServer

You can find more information about the components by checking reference documentation.

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