This chapter will introduce the required installations and configurations of FISCO BCOS. For better understanding, we will illustrate an example of deploying a 4-node consortium chain in a local machine using FISCO BCOS. Please use the supported hardware and platform operations according to here.

To build a single-group consortium chain

This section takes the construction of single group FISCO BCOS chain as an example to operate. We use the script to build a 4-node FISCO BCOS chain locally in Ubuntu 16.04 64bit system.


  • To update an existing chain, please refer to compatibility chapter.
  • It is similar to build a multi-group chain, interested can be referred to here .
  • This section uses pre-compiled static fisco-bcos binaries which tested on CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 64bit.

Prepare environment

  • Install dependence script depends on openssl, curl and is installed by using the following instructions. For CentOS system, to replaces apt with yum in the following command. For macOS system, to executes brew install openssl curl.

sudo apt install -y openssl curl
  • Create operation directory
cd ~ && mkdir -p fisco && cd fisco
  • Download script
bash <(curl -s

Build a single-group 4-node consortium chain

Execute the following command in the fisco directory to generate a single group 4-node FISCO chain. It is necessary to ensure that the 30300~30303, 20200~20203, 8545~8548 ports of the machine are not occupied.

bash -l "" -p 30300,20200,8545


  • The -p option specifies the starting ports, which are p2p_port, channel_port, jsonrpc_port. For security reasons, jsonrpc/channel listens to by defaults. If you require to access external network, please add -i parameter.

If the command is executed successfully, All completed will be output. If the execution fails, please check the error message in the nodes/build.log file.

Checking fisco-bcos binary...
Binary check passed.
Generating CA key...
Generating keys ...
Processing IP: Total:4 Agency:agency Groups:1
Generating configurations...
Processing IP: Total:4 Agency:agency Groups:1
[INFO] Execute the following command to get FISCO-BCOS console
 bash <(curl -s
[INFO] FISCO-BCOS Path   : bin/fisco-bcos
[INFO] Start Port        : 30300 20200 8545
[INFO] Server IP         :
[INFO] State Type        : storage
[INFO] RPC listen IP     :
[INFO] Output Dir        : /home/ubuntu16/fisco/nodes
[INFO] CA Key Path       : /home/ubuntu16/fisco/nodes/cert/ca.key
[INFO] All completed. Files in /home/ubuntu16/fisco/nodes

Start FISCO BCOS chain

  • Execute the following command to start all nodes
bash nodes/

Success will output a response similar to the following, otherwise, please use netstat -an | grep tcp to check whether the machine’s 30300~30303, 20200~20203, 8545~8548 ports are occupied.

try to start node0
try to start node1
try to start node2
try to start node3
 node1 start successfully
 node2 start successfully
 node0 start successfully
 node3 start successfully

Check process

  • Execute the following command to check whether the process is started
ps -ef | grep -v grep | grep fisco-bcos

In normal situation, the output will be similar to the following. If the number of processes is not 4, then the reason why the process does not start is that the port is occupied.

fisco       5453     1  1 17:11 pts/0    00:00:02 /home/fisco/fisco/nodes/ -c config.ini
fisco       5459     1  1 17:11 pts/0    00:00:02 /home/fisco/fisco/nodes/ -c config.ini
fisco       5464     1  1 17:11 pts/0    00:00:02 /home/fisco/fisco/nodes/ -c config.ini
fisco       5476     1  1 17:11 pts/0    00:00:02 /home/fisco/fisco/nodes/ -c config.ini

Check log output

  • Execute the following command to view the number of nodes that node0 links to
tail -f nodes/*  | grep connected

In normal situation, the connecting messages will be output continuously. From the output messages, we can see that node0 has links with the other three nodes.

info|2019-01-21 17:30:58.316769| [P2P][Service] heartBeat connected count,size=3
info|2019-01-21 17:31:08.316922| [P2P][Service] heartBeat connected count,size=3
info|2019-01-21 17:31:18.317105| [P2P][Service] heartBeat connected count,size=3
  • Execute the following command to check whether it is in consensus
tail -f nodes/*  | grep +++

In normal situation, the message will be output ++++Generating seal continuously to indicate that the consensus is normal.

info|2019-01-21 17:23:32.576197| [g:1][p:264][CONSENSUS][SEALER]++++++++++++++++Generating seal on,blkNum=1,tx=0,myIdx=2,hash=13dcd2da...
info|2019-01-21 17:23:36.592280| [g:1][p:264][CONSENSUS][SEALER]++++++++++++++++Generating seal on,blkNum=1,tx=0,myIdx=2,hash=31d21ab7...
info|2019-01-21 17:23:40.612241| [g:1][p:264][CONSENSUS][SEALER]++++++++++++++++Generating seal on,blkNum=1,tx=0,myIdx=2,hash=49d0e830...

Using console

Console links nodes of FISCO BCOS through Web3SDK so as to realize functions like blockchain status query, call and deploy contracts. The instructions of console are introduced here.

Prepare environment

  • Install Java

In macOS, execute brew cask install java to install java

sudo apt install -y default-jdk
  • Get console
cd ~/fisco && bash <(curl -s
  • Copy the console configuration file. If the node does not use the default port, please replace 20200 in the file with another port.
cp -n console/conf/applicationContext-sample.xml console/conf/applicationContext.xml
  • Configure the console certificate
cp nodes/* console/conf/


  • if the console has been configured correctly, but it reports the following exception when starting console in CentOS system:

    Failed to connect to the node. Please check the node status and the console configuration.

this is caused by the in-built JDK version of CentOS system(who will lead to verification failure of console and nodes). Please download and install Java 8 or above version from OpenJDK official website or Oracle official website (for detailed installation steps please check Additional ), and start console after finishing installation.

Start console

  • Start console
cd ~/fisco/console && bash

If it outputs following information, then the console has been started successfully, otherwise please check if the node ports in conf/applicationContext.xml are configured correctly.

Welcome to FISCO BCOS console(1.0.3)!
Type 'help' or 'h' for help. Type 'quit' or 'q' to quit console.
 ________  ______   ______    ______    ______         _______    ______    ______    ______
|        \|      \ /      \  /      \  /      \       |       \  /      \  /      \  /      \
| $$$$$$$$ \$$$$$$|  $$$$$$\|  $$$$$$\|  $$$$$$\      | $$$$$$$\|  $$$$$$\|  $$$$$$\|  $$$$$$\
| $$__      | $$  | $$___\$$| $$   \$$| $$  | $$      | $$__/ $$| $$   \$$| $$  | $$| $$___\$$
| $$  \     | $$   \$$    \ | $$      | $$  | $$      | $$    $$| $$      | $$  | $$ \$$    \
| $$$$$     | $$   _\$$$$$$\| $$   __ | $$  | $$      | $$$$$$$\| $$   __ | $$  | $$ _\$$$$$$\
| $$       _| $$_ |  \__| $$| $$__/  \| $$__/ $$      | $$__/ $$| $$__/  \| $$__/ $$|  \__| $$
| $$      |   $$ \ \$$    $$ \$$    $$ \$$    $$      | $$    $$ \$$    $$ \$$    $$ \$$    $$
 \$$       \$$$$$$  \$$$$$$   \$$$$$$   \$$$$$$        \$$$$$$$   \$$$$$$   \$$$$$$   \$$$$$$


Query blockchain status

# acquire client ends version information
[group:1]> getNodeVersion
    "Build Time":"20190121 06:21:05",
    "Build Type":"Linux/clang/Debug",
    "FISCO-BCOS Version":"2.0.0",
    "Git Branch":"master",
    "Git Commit Hash":"c213e033328631b1b8c2ee936059d7126fd98d1a"
# acquire node connection information
[group:1]> getPeers

To deploy or call HelloWorld contract

HelloWorld contract

HelloWorld contract offers 2 interfaces which are get() and set() and are used to acquire/set contract variety name. The contract content is as below:

pragma solidity ^0.4.24;

contract HelloWorld {
    string name;

    function HelloWorld() {
        name = "Hello, World!";

    function get()constant returns(string) {
        return name;

    function set(string n) {
        name = n;

Deploy HelloWorld contract

For quick experience, the console comes with HelloWorld contract and is placed under console folder solidity/contracts/HelloWorld.sol. So, users only have to deploy it using the following command.

# input the following instruction in console, if it is deployed successfully, the contract address will be returned
[group:1]> deploy HelloWorld
contract address:0xb3c223fc0bf6646959f254ac4e4a7e355b50a344

Call HelloWorld contract

# check the current block number
[group:1]> getBlockNumber

# call get interface to acquire name variety, the contract address here is the returned address of deploy instruction
[group:1]> call HelloWorld 0xb3c223fc0bf6646959f254ac4e4a7e355b50a344 get
Hello, World!

# check the current block number, it remains the same, because get interface will not change the ledger status
[group:1]> getBlockNumber

# call set to set name
[group:1]> call HelloWorld 0xb3c223fc0bf6646959f254ac4e4a7e355b50a344 set "Hello, FISCO BCOS"

# check the current block number again, if it increased, then it has generated block and the ledger status is changed
[group:1]> getBlockNumber

# call get interface to acquire name variety, check if the setting is valid
[group:1]> call HelloWorld 0xb3c223fc0bf6646959f254ac4e4a7e355b50a344 get

# log out console
[group:1]> quit

Note: To deploy contract can also specify the contract version number of the deployment through the deployByCNS command, using method reference here. To call contract via the callByCNS command, using the method reference here.