Getting Started with Ignite CLI

Getting Started with Ignite CLI

Welcome to the exciting world of blockchain development with Ignite CLI. In this introductory guide, we'll focus on two powerful commands that will set you on the path to creating your very own application-specific blockchain: ignite scaffold chain example and ignite chain serve. These CLI commands are the building blocks that will transform your ideas into a living, breathing blockchain network.

Step 1: Create Your Blockchain

To create a blockchain, we begin with scaffolding. Think of 'scaffolding' as laying the foundation of a skyscraper. It's the first crucial step in constructing your digital buildings. Start by running the following command to ignite your new chain:

ignite scaffold chain example && cd example

Here's what it does:

  • Creates a new blockchain structure: With this command, Ignite CLI sets up a new blockchain named 'example'. This includes all necessary directories and files, establishing the basic architecture of your blockchain.
  • Customization and flexibility: While scaffolding provides a template, it's flexible. You can modify and expand upon this foundational structure, tailoring it to fit your project's needs and objectives.
  • Simplicity and speed: One of the beauties of Ignite CLI is its simplicity. This command spares you the complexity of setting up a blockchain from scratch, accelerating your development process significantly.

Step 2: Bring Your Blockchain to Life

Now that the structure of your blockchain is in place, it's time to bring it to life using:

ignite chain serve

It's like powering up your skyscraper by lighting up every floor.
Here's what this command accomplishes:

  • Compilation and initialization: ignite chain serve compiles your blockchain's code and initializes its configuration. This is like setting up all the internal systems of your skyscraper, from electrical circuits to water plumbing.
  • Starts Your blockchain node: The command launches a local blockchain node. Imagine this as switching on the main power supply, bringing the entire structure into operational mode.
  • Development mode: One of the standout features of this command is its live reloading capability. This automatically applies code changes without manual node restarts. It's like having an intelligent building that adapts and evolves in real-time.

Next Steps

Congratulations! You've initiated your journey in blockchain development by mastering ignite scaffold chain and ignite chain serve.