Deploy Your Own OKExChain Testnet

This document describes 2 ways to setup a network of okexchain nodes, each serving a different usecase:

  1. Single-node, local, manual testnet

  2. Multi-node, local, automated testnet

Supporting code can be found in the networks directory and additionally the local sub-directories.

Available Docker images

In case you need to use or deploy okexchain as a container you could skip the build steps and use the official images, $TAG stands for the version you are interested in:

docker run -it -v ~/.okexchaind:/root/.okexchaind -v ~/.okexchaincli:/root/.okexchaincli okexchain/node:$TAG okexchaind init

docker run -it -p 26657:26657 -p 26656:26656 -v ~/.okexchaind:/root/.okexchaind -v ~/.okexchaincli:/root/.okexchaincli okexchain/node:$TAG okexchaind start


docker run -it -v ~/.okexchaind:/root/.okexchaind -v ~/.okexchaincli:/root/.okexchaincli okexchain/node:$TAG okexchaincli version

The same images can be used to build your own docker-compose stack.

Single-node, Local, Manual Testnet

This guide helps you create a single validator node that runs a network locally for testing and other development related uses.


Create Genesis File and Start the Network

# You can run all of these commands from your home directory
cd $HOME

# Initialize the genesis.json file that will help you to bootstrap the network
okexchaind init --chain-id=testing testing

# Create a key to hold your validator account
okexchaincli keys add validator

# Add that key into the genesis.app_state.accounts array in the genesis file
# NOTE: this command lets you set the number of coins. Make sure this account has some coins
# with the genesis.app_state.staking.params.bond_denom denom, the default is staking
okexchaind add-genesis-account $(okexchaincli keys show validator -a) 1000000000okt

# Generate the transaction that creates your validator
okexchaind gentx --name validator

# Add the generated bonding transaction to the genesis file
okexchaind collect-gentxs

# Now its safe to start `okexchaind`
okexchaind start

This setup puts all the data for okexchaind in ~/.okexchaind. You can examine the genesis file you created at ~/.okexchaind/config/genesis.json. With this configuration okexchaincli is also ready to use and has an account with tokens (both staking and custom).

Multi-node, Local, Automated Testnet

From the networks/local directory:


Build the okexchaind binary (linux) and the okexchain/node docker image required for running the localnet commands. This binary will be mounted into the container and can be updated rebuilding the image, so you only need to build the image once.

# Clone the okexchain repo
git clone

# Work from the SDK repo
cd okexchain

# Build the linux binary in ./build
make build-linux

# Build okexchain/node image
make build-docker-okchainnode

Run Your Testnet

To start a 4 node testnet run:

make localnet-start

This command creates a 4-node network using the okchaindnode image. The ports for each node are found in this table:

Node ID P2P Port RPC Port
okchainnode0 26656 26657
okchainnode1 26659 26660
okchainnode2 26661 26662
okchainnode3 26663 26664

To update the binary, just rebuild it and restart the nodes:

make build-linux localnet-start


The make localnet-start creates files for a 4-node testnet in ./build by calling the okexchaind testnet command. This outputs a handful of files in the ./build directory:

$ tree -L 3 build/
├── okexchaincli
├── okexchaind
├── gentxs
│   ├── node0.json
│   ├── node1.json
│   ├── node2.json
│   └── node3.json
├── node0
│   ├── okexchaincli
│   │   ├── key_seed.json
│   │   └── keys
│   └── okexchaind
│       ├── okexchaind.log
│       ├── config
│       └── data
├── node1
│   ├── okexchaincli
│   │   └── key_seed.json
│   └── okexchaind
│       ├── okexchaind.log
│       ├── config
│       └── data
├── node2
│   ├── okexchaincli
│   │   └── key_seed.json
│   └── okexchaind
│       ├── okexchaind.log
│       ├── config
│       └── data
└── node3
    ├── okexchaincli
    │   └── key_seed.json
    └── okexchaind
        ├── okexchaind.log
        ├── config
        └── data

Each ./build/nodeN directory is mounted to the /okexchaind directory in each container.


Logs are saved under each ./build/nodeN/okexchaind/okexchaind.log. You can also watch logs directly via Docker, for example:

docker logs -f okchaindnode0

Keys & Accounts

To interact with okexchaincli and start querying state or creating txs, you use the okexchaincli directory of any given node as your home, for example:

okexchaincli keys list --home ./build/node0/okexchaincli

Now that accounts exists, you may create new accounts and send those accounts funds!

NOTE: Each node’s seed is located at ./build/nodeN/okexchaincli/key_seed.json and can be restored to the CLI using the okexchaincli keys add --restore command

Special Binaries

If you have multiple binaries with different names, you can specify which one to run with the BINARY environment variable. The path of the binary is relative to the attached volume. For example:

# Run with custom binary
BINARY=okchainfoo make localnet-start