Install Iris

Step 1: Configure Your Server

All the blockchains in IRISnet is based on Cosmos-SDK, which is a framework for building blockchain applications in Golang. It is being used to build Cosmos Hub. It's recommended to run a validator node on Linux server.

Recommanded Configurations:

  1. 2 CPU
  2. Memory: 6GB
  3. Disk: 256GB SSD
  4. OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  5. Bandwidth: 20Mbps
  6. Allow all incoming connections on TCP port 26656 and 26657

Step 2: Install Iris

There are two ways to get Iris running on your server. You can download the binary files from our release pages, or you can download the source code and compile it locally.

Download Binary Directly

Go to the download page:

then get the release v0.12.3 on your computer.

Note: there are two different binaries available. One for testnet and the other for betanet.

unzip -C /usr/local/bin iris$VERSION.$OS-$ to /usr/local/bin/

You can verify you have the right version installed by running the following commands:

$ iris version

$ iriscli version

Compile Source Code

  • Install Go 1.11+
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gophers/archive
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install golang-1.11-go

Note that golang-1.10-go puts binaries in /usr/lib/go-1.11/bin. If you want them on your PATH, you need to make that change yourself.

Using snaps also works quite well:

This will give you the latest version of go
$ sudo snap install --classic go

A restart is required for the command to be recognized.

Then you need to verify the versions of Go:

$ go version
go version go1.11.5 darwin/amd64

Then, you need to add GOPATH to system PATH , then your system could correctly compile the code.

Open your .profile in your home directory. Add the following lines at the end of file:


Save the file and exit the editor. Then run the following to make your bash reload your profile configurations.

$ source $HOME/.profile

Now you should see something like this if you echo your$GOPATH and $PATH variables

$ echo $GOPATH
$ echo $PATH
  • Get the code and compile Iris

After setup Go correctly, you should be able to compile and run Iris. Make sure that your server can access to for that our project depends on some libraries provided by google.

  • To compile for testnet:
mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone
cd irishub && git checkout v0.12.3
curl | sh
source scripts/
make all
  • To compile for betanet:
mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone
cd irishub && git checkout v0.12.3
curl | sh
make all

If your environment variables have set up correctly, you should not get any errors by running the above commands. Now check your Iris version.

$ iris version
$ iriscli version

How to Update

Get latest code (you can also git fetch only the version desired), ensure the dependencies are up to date, then recompile.

cd $GOPATH/src/
git fetch -a origin
git checkout v0.12.3
make all