I tried to install command line tools to Ethereum. I follow this tutorial

I already do this commands :

brew update
brew upgrade
brew tap ethereum/ethereum
brew install ethereum

And after I do this : geth console

But since for 30 min I have this:

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What is it? I think this downloads something but where?

Moreover I read the tutorial and after this command I must connect to private network. But can I connect to main network? If it's possible how can I do this?

I'm beginner, and I don't have any accounts, so before connect to a network, must I create an account?

2 Answers 2


imported 2048 blocks is normal as it is synchronising the main blockchain with the network. With geth console, you are not on a private network but on the main one. Are you on a Mac? You can find the stuff here ~/Library/Ethereum/. You are at height 102,270, it will go on until at least 2,119,772.

timed out DAO fork-check is also normal after the Ethereum hard-fork. It means that it is dropping nodes that are on the other fork. https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/4tam34/timed_out_dao_forkcheck_dropping/

  • Thank for your anwser!!! Yes I'm on a Mac, why? 2,119,772?!?! Is existing an other way, because it will be very long to finish this ...
    – wxcvbn
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 16:09
  • The path ~/Library/Ethereum/ is true on Mac. There are other ways to import the blockchain, but you would need to trust the other party. Look up "import". Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 16:19

Have you tried common software properties use below command to install in ubuntu

(1) install common software properties

(2) sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ethereum/ethereum

update command is required to complete the process

(3) sudo apt-get update

now finally install ethereum

(4) sudo apt-get install ethereum

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