Quick Start in Detail

Readers can choose either to use binary release or build from source code. Both methods require a Linux working environment, and have been tested on Ubuntu 18.04. Earlier Linux releases may incur problems or lack necessary dependencies.


All code starting with a $ is meant to run in your terminal. All code starting with a >>> is meant to run in a python interpreter, like ipython.

Cpchain and Console

Binary Release

Download page of binary releases for CPChain and Solidity.

cpchain is the binary release for the chain. And console provides command line interface for operations on the chain, like checking account status, deposit and claiming campaign.


console does not support transaction operations.

You need to utilize either Fusion API or RPC API for all available operations.

You can always refer to

$ ./cpchain -h


$ ./console -h

for help.

As Civilian

After you download cpchain binary file, you can run it as a civilian. Go the directory you store cpchain and type in:

If you do not have an account, you can create a new account with cpchain.

For Linux and Mac users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo YOUR_PASSWORD > datadir/password
$ ./cpchain account new account --datadir ./datadir

For Windows users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo|set /p="YOUR_PASSWORD"> datadir/password
$ cpchain.exe account new account --datadir ./datadir

Here we first create a directory named as datadir and create a file containing the password you prefer. Command ./cpchain account new account --datadir ./datadir requires you to enter a password, which should be same as YOUR_PASSWORD in previous echo command.

A successful execution returns the wallet address. And a keystore file is generated in datadir/keystore/. Its file name is something like UTC--2019-03-27T07-32-49.561001045Z--5d6477ecd219bfe0ba44bf1b16272e72bd200e51. And you can also refer to the name of this file to retrieve the wallet address. 5d6477ecd219bfe0ba44bf1b16272e72bd200e51 is the wallet address for the example above.

After you register a wallet address, you can run the following command to connect to the chain:

$ ./cpchain run --rpcaddr --port 30311


Please check the availability of both ports 8501 and 30311 before connection. You may nominate other ports as you wish.

If you cannot get successfully successfully connected. You may try delete some temporary files by

$ ./cpchain chain cleandb

You can refer to Why ./cpchain run command cannot be executed successfully? in FAQ for detailed solutions.

Now you have connected to cpchain P2P network. And the progress is going to running for a while to sync with the chain.

Employ either Fusion API or RPC API to wield the power as a civilian as well as assume corresponding responsibility.

You can also choose to use console to run as a civilian.

To check the status of your account, you can use the following command:

$ ./console status --keystore ./datadir/keystore/YOUR_ACCOUNT --password ./datadir/password

Here YOU_ACCOUNT is the file generated previously in datadir/keystore/. And you can obtain the information about your account status like

INFO[03-26|19:53:54.921] proposer                                      addr=0x52e584B4fBa8688eb7EDcaBb18e65661A99acC67 c.addr=0x5A8a1a86b086c062a87B0883F78a078f2Bf74609
// a bunch of proposers like the line above

Mining:           false

RNode:            false

Proposer:         false

Locked:           true

SupportPrivateTx: false

And you can also check your account information using the command:

$ ./console account --keystore ./datadir/keystore/YOUR_ACCOUNT --password ./datadir/password

It returns results like


Balance: 400000 CPC // this account contains 400000 CPC

    Total:  0 CPC
    Free:   0 CPC
    Locked: 0 CPC


As Proposer

Similar to operations in As Civilian, a node willing to become proposer can also utilize the following commands to create an account.

For Linux and Mac users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo YOUR_PASSWORD > datadir/password
$ ./cpchain account new account --datadir ./datadir

For Windows users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo|set /p="YOUR_PASSWORD"> datadir/password
$ cpchain.exe account new account --datadir ./datadir

The command for proposers connecting P2P network is slightly different than the counterpart for civilians

$ ./cpchain run --datadir ./datadir --unlock 5d6477ecd219bfe0ba44bf1b16272e72bd200e51 \
    --rpcaddr --port 30311 --mine \
    --rpcapi personal,eth,cpc,admission,net,web3,db,txpool,miner --linenumber

, where 5d6477ecd219bfe0ba44bf1b16272e72bd200e51 is a wallet address. It requires you to enter the password to further proceed. You may use an argument --password to indicate a file storing your plaintext password. But it is risky, and we do not recommend it.


The argument --mine indicates this connection can be used for proposing blocks.

And via this connection, a node with insufficient deposit automatically sets its deposit to 200,000 CPC (if its balance is enough). And then the node claims campaign to become a proposer.

Using commands ./console account and ./console status to check the account info and status about this node, similar to civilians.

A node can using following commands to deposit more CPC

$ ./console reward deposit --keystore ./datadir/keystore/YOUR_ACCOUNT --password ./datadir/password VALUE

, where VALUE is the number of CPC you willing to deposit.

To stop mining, use the command below

$ ./console miner stop --keystore ./datadir/keystore/YOUR_ACCOUNT  --password ./datadir/password

Then you may check the status of the account, the attribute Mining of which should shifted to false.

After you stop mining, you are free to withdraw deposit by the following command:

$ ./console reward withdraw --keystore ./datadir/keystore/YOUR_ACCOUNT --password ./datadir/password VALUE

If you do not present the argument VALUE, all deposit will be withdrew by default.

Source Code Building

We are going to install CPChain and run a node on the testnet.

Building the Source

First, make sure you have installed go, and configured the $GOPATH.

$ git clone https://github.com/CPChain/chain

$ cd chain
$ make clean
$ make all

Now you can find binary files in build/bin, and utilize them as stated in Binary Release.

Running CPChain

Connect to Beta Mainnet
$ cd build/bin
$ ./cpchain run --runmode testnet

Then use the commands above to connect to Beta Mainnet.

Create an Account

For Linux and Mac users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo YOUR_PASSWORD > datadir/password
$ ./cpchain account new account --datadir ./datadir

For Windows users:

$ mkdir datadir
$ echo|set /p="YOUR_PASSWORD"> datadir/password
$ cpchain.exe account new account --datadir ./datadir
Run a Private Network
$ cd examples/cpchain
$ ./cpchain-all.sh

# check logs
$ tail -f data/logs/*.log | grep number=
Run a Local Node
$ ./cpchain run --datadir ./datadir --unlock <You Address>

CPC Faucet

CPC faucet is an application that you can collect CPC test coins for free. The test coins can be used in newly-published CPChain Alpha Mainnet. Refer to Faucet to try it now.

Claim Test Coins

  1. Copy the wallet address and paste it in Faucet. Now you can claim test coins.
  2. The password it requires is cpchain2019.
  3. Following a successful claim, this transaction is inserted into the test chain. In the site Explorer, the transaction details can be searched.

Smart Contract


The solidity version for CPChain is 0.4.25. Other version is not guaranteed compatible with CPChain.


Refer to Solidity for detailed information.

Solidity Binary Release

You can download corresponding solidity binary release from Download Page.

And copy the solc binary file to /user/bin.

$ cp solc /usr/bin

Source Code Build

If you are willing to build solidity 0.4.25 from source code, please refer to the Solidity Installation


If you encounter any problem when running solc, please check FAQ page.

Install py-solc

Use the command below to install py-solc. This module connects python functions with solc in your computer.

$ pip3 install py-solc

You may also be required to install libz3.so.4 by following command:

$ sudo  apt-get  install  libz3-dev

Smart Contract Examples

In our repository, we have several examples for smart contract. Please check files in /docs/quickstart/. You may also find it in Download Page.


Please replace the values of keystore, password as well as address to yours.