How can I bypass the full ethereum chain sync and open in testnet mode? I'm on a Mac.
The full chain sync is taking too long and keeps crashing - all I want to do is test some contract functionality in a Meteor Dapp.
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You can run Mist and geth on the testnet, but the testnet contains around 1 700 000 blocks againt 2 300 000 for the mainnet. So it will take time.
To run geth on the testnet, you just need to execute
To run Mist on the testnet, just select Develop / Network / Testnet
Otherwise, if you just want to quickly develop a contract and create a dapp (meteor or not), I advice you to try testrpc and truffle.
- testrpc allows to create a testing ethereum private blockchain
npm install -g ethereumjs-testrpc
More info: https://github.com/ethereumjs/testrpc
- truffle is a framework which will help you to create, test and deploy a contract and also to build a dapp (web3 bootstrap for your contracts) :
npm install -g truffle
truffle init to create a project
truffle compile to compile your contracts
truffle migrate to deploy your contract on your private test blockchain, or on the testnet or on the libe network
truffle serve to run your web dapp (nodejs)
More info: https://github.com/ConsenSys/truffle
Hope this help.