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Notice regarding the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger project

The openblockchain project is IBM's proposed contribution to the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger project. We have made it available as open source to enable others to explore our architecture and design. IBM's intention is to engage rigorously in the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger project as the community establishes itself, and decides on a code base. Once established, we will transition our development focus to the Hyperledger effort, and this code will be maintained as needed for IBM's use.

While we invite contribution to the openblockchain project, we believe that the broader blockchain community's focus should be the Hyperledger project.

Openchain - Peer


This project contains the core blockchain fabric.

Building the project

Assuming you have followed the development environment getting started instructions

To access your VM, run

vagrant ssh

From within the VM, follow these additional steps.

Go build

cd $GOPATH/src/
go build


To see what commands are available, simply execute the following command:

cd $GOPATH/src/

You should see some output similar to below (NOTE: rootcommand below is hardcoded in the main.go. Current build will actually create an obc-peer executable file).

      obc-peer [command]

    Available Commands:
      peer        Run obc peer.
      status      Status of the obc peer.
      stop        Stops the obc peer.
      chaincode    Compiles the specified chaincode.
      help        Help about any command

      -h, --help[=false]: help for openchain

    Use "obc-peer [command] --help" for more information about a command.

The peer command will run peer process. You can then use the other commands to interact with this peer process. For example, status will show the peer status.


Unit Tests

To run all unit tests, in one window, run ./obc-peer peer. In a second window

cd $GOPATH/src/
go test -timeout=20m $(go list | grep -v /vendor/ | grep -v /examples/)

Note that the first time the tests are run, they can take some time due to the need to download a docker image that is about 1GB in size. This is why the timeout flag is added to the above command.

To run a specific test use the -run RE flag where RE is a regular expression that matches the test name. To run tests with verbose output use the -v flag. For example, to run TestGetFoo function, change to the directory containing the foo_test.go and enter:

go test -test.v -run=TestGetFoo

Behave Tests

OBC also has Behave tests that will setup networks of peers with different security and consensus configurations and verify that transactions run properly. To run these tests

cd $GOPATH/src/

Some of the Behave tests run inside Docker containers. If a test fails and you want to have the logs from the Docker containers, run the tests with this option

behave -D logs=Y

Note, you must run the unit tests first to build the necessary Peer and OBCCA docker images. These images can also be individually built using the commands

go test -run=BuildImage_Peer
go test -run=BuildImage_Obcca

Writing Chaincode

Since chaincode is written in Go language, you can set up the environment to accommodate the rapid edit-compile-run of your chaincode. Follow the instructions on the Sandbox Setup page, which allows you to run your chaincode off the blockchain.

Setting Up a Network

To set up an Openchain network of several validating peers, follow the instructions on the Devnet Setup page. This network leverage Docker to manage multiple instances of validating peer on the same machine, allowing you to quickly test your chaincode.

Working with CLI, REST, and Node.js

When you are ready to start interacting with the Openchain peer node through the available APIs and packages, follow the instructions on the API Documentation page.


Configuration utilizes the viper and cobra libraries.

There is an openchain.yaml file that contains the configuration for the peer process. Many of the configuration settings can be overridden at the command line by setting ENV variables that match the configuration setting, but by prefixing the tree with 'OPENCHAIN_'. For example, logging level manipulation through the environment is shown below:



Logging utilizes the go-logging library.

The available log levels in order of increasing verbosity are: CRITICAL | ERROR | WARNING | NOTICE | INFO | DEBUG

See [specific logging control] ( when running OBC.

Generating grpc code

If you modify any .proto files, run the following command to generate new .pb.go files.


Adding or updating a Go packages

Openchain uses Go 1.6 vendoring for package management. This means that all required packages reside in the /vendor folder within the obc-peer project. Go will use packages in this folder instead of the GOPATH when go install or go build is run. To manage the packages in the /vendor folder, we use Govendor. This is installed in the Vagrant environment. The following commands can be used for package management.

# Add external packages.
govendor add +external

# Add a specific package.
govendor add

# Update vendor packages.
govendor update +vendor

# Revert back to normal GOPATH packages.
govendor remove +vendor

# List package.
govendor list

Building outside of Vagrant

This is not recommended, however some users may wish to build Openchain outside of Vagrant if they use an editor with built in Go tooling. The instructions are

  1. Follow all steps required to setup and run a Vagrant image
  • Make you you have Go 1.6 or later installed
  • Set the maximum number of open files to 10000 or greater for your OS
  • Install RocksDB version 4.1
  • Run the following commands replacing /opt/rocksdb with the path where you installed RocksDB:
    cd $GOPATH/src/
    CGO_CFLAGS="-I/opt/rocksdb/include" CGO_LDFLAGS="-L/opt/rocksdb -lrocksdb -lstdc++ -lm -lz -lbz2 -lsnappy" go install
  • Make sure that the Docker daemon initialization includes the options
    -H tcp:// -H unix:///var/run/docker.sock
  • Be aware that the Docker bridge (the OPENCHAIN_VM_ENDPOINT) may not come
    up at the IP address currently assumed by the test environment
    ( Use ifconfig or ip addr to find the docker bridge.
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