Running from the code repository
If you can't use Docker or you want to run your node locally from the source code, you can follow the steps in this document. Running the Node this way is helpful for debugging and developing the Node itself.
To run a Request Node locally for tests, make sure you have the necessary IPFS and Ethereum nodes available.
You can run the following steps to launch a fully local test Request Node.
Let's clone the repository, install and build dependencies:
git clone https://github.com/RequestNetwork/requestNetwork.git
You are ready to run the local test Node. You will need three different consoles for Ethereum, IPFS, and Request.
Run IPFS with:
Now you need to configure your IPFS to connect to our dedicated network. We have a script to make it easy for you:
If you want to test using Ethereum mainnet and Goerli, you can launch your Ethereum node or connect to a service like infura.
If you want to debug and test, you may be interested in using a local Ethereum network.
The easiest way to run a local Ethereum network is by using our pre-configured ganache Docker image. If you have Docker you can just run:
docker run --name ganache -d -p 8545:8545 requestnetwork/ganache
You can also run hardhat to set up a local network.
Now you have hardhat running on your second console. We're still missing all the important smart-contracts that Request uses. On a new console, run:
Done! Your local Ethereum network is ready for testing.
Now it's time to run the Node:
If for some reason you want to run the Node without Docker, but don't need to make changes to the repository, you can also use npx to run it directly from npm:
npx @requestnetwork/request-node [OPTIONS]