I'm an ethereum newbie and have installed ethereum on mac using commands :

brew tap ethereum/ethereum
brew install ethereum

referenced from https://ethereum.gitbooks.io/frontier-guide/content/installing_mac.html

Reading https://ethereum.gitbooks.io/frontier-guide/content/connecting.html

Where are the commands run from ? For example the command > net.listening is executed from a cli ?

1 Answer 1


Those commands are run from inside a running Geth session, which has been started by passing the console command. This gives you an interactive Javascript environment and command line.

In its simplest form, from your (Mac) command line:

geth console

However, on starting a Geth instance you also start the process of downloading the entire blockchain in the background. Have a look at some of the other flags you should be passing to optimise the process.

  • 'geth console' started instantaneously for me, im not sure if it started a download of entire blockchain, where can I check this ?
    – blue-sky
    Jul 13, 2016 at 21:19
  • If the blockchain is being downloaded then the ~/Library/Ethereum/chaindata directory will be increasing in size (it'll be populated with files). You should also be seeing console logs to indicate as such, but that may depend on what the default logging level is on Mac. Jul 13, 2016 at 21:25

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.