A programmable Cryptocurrency
Spacemesh is a decentralized blockchain computer using a new race-free consensus protocol that doesn't involve energy-wasteful
proof of work.
We aim to create a secure and scalable decentralized computer formed by a large number of desktop PCs at home.
We are designing and coding a modern blockchain platform from the ground up for scale, security and speed based on the learnings of the achievements and mistakes of previous projects in this space.
To learn more about Spacemesh head over to https://spacemesh.io.
To learn more about the Spacemesh protocol watch this video.
Spacemesh is designed to create a decentralized blockchain smart contracts computer and a cryptocurrency that is formed by connecting the home PCs of people from around the world into one virtual computer without incurring massive energy waste and mining pools issues that are inherent in other blockchain computers, and provide a provably-secure and incentive-compatible smart contracts execution environment.
Spacemesh is designed to be ASIC-resistant and in a way that doesn’t give an unfair advantage to rich parties who can afford setting up dedicated computers on the network. We achieve this by using a novel consensus protocol and optimize the software to be most effectively be used on home PCs that are also used for interactive apps.
What is this good for?
Provide dapp and app developers with a robust way to add value exchange and other value related features to their apps at scale. Our goal is to create a truly decentralized cryptocurrency that fulfills the original vision behind bitcoin to become a secure trustless store of value as well as a transactional currency with extremely low transaction fees.
go-spacemesh is designed to be installed and operated on users' home PCs to form one decentralized computer. It is going to be distributed in the Spacemesh App but people can also build and run it from source code.
We are working hard towards our first major milestone - a public permissionless testnet running the Spacemesh consensus protocol.
Thank you for considering to contribute to the go-spacemesh open source project!
We welcome contributions large and small and we actively accept contributions.
go-spacemesh is part of The Spacemesh open source project, and is MIT licensed open source software.
We welcome collaborators to the Spacemesh core dev team.
You don’t have to contribute code! Many important types of contributions are important for our project. See: How to Contribute to Open Source?
To get started, please read our contributions guidelines.
Browse Good First Issues.
Get ethereum awards for your contribution by working on one of our gitcoin funded issues.
Please read the Spacemesh full FAQ.
High Level Design
Client Software Architecture
git clone email@example.com:spacemeshos/go-spacemesh.git
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Fork the project from https://github.com/spacemeshos/go-spacemesh
Since the project uses Go 1.11's Modules it is best to place the code outside your
$GOPATH. Read this for alternatives.
Setting Up Local Environment
Install Go 1.11 or later for your platform, if you haven't already.
$GOPATH is set correctly and that the
$GOPATH/bin directory appears in
Before building we need to install
protoc (ProtoBuf compiler) and some tools required to generate ProtoBufs. Do this by running:
This will invoke
setup_env.sh which supports Linux and MacOS. On other platforms it should be straightforward to follow the steps in this script manually.
go-spacemesh for your current system architecture, from the project root directory, use:
This will (re-)generate protobuf files and build the
go-spacemesh binary, saving it in the project root directory.
To build a binary for a specific architecture directory use:
make darwin | linux | windows
Platform-specific binaries are saved to the
NOTE: if tests are hanging try running
ulimit -n 400. some tests require that to work.
Dockerfile is included in the project allowing anyone to build and run a docker image:
docker build -t spacemesh . docker run -d --name=spacemesh spacemesh
On windows you will need the following prerequisites:
- Powershell - included by in Windows by default since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
- Git for Windows - after installation remove
C:\Program Files\Git\binfrom System PATH and add
C:\Program Files\Git\cmdto System PATH
- Make - after installation add
C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\binto System PATH
You can then run the command
make install followed by
make build as on unix based systems.
Running a Local Testnet
- You can run a local Spacemesh Testent with 6 full nodes, 6 user accounts, and 1 POET support service on your computer using docker.
- The local testnet full nodes are built from this repo.
- This is a great way to get a feel for the protocol and the platform and to start hacking on Spacemesh.
- Follow the steps in our Local Testnet Guide
Please install the Zenhub browser extension to view the go-spacemesh workspaces below.