Go Ethereum (short: Geth) is a Golang implementation of the Ethereum protocol.
Go Ethereum (short: Geth) is a Golang implementation of the Ethereum protocol. Geth is the most used client for Ethereum nodes currently.
Getting started with Go Ethereum is simple, the only thing you require is the
geth binary. Please refer to the developer documentation for a beginner tutorial on how to get started with the Go Ethereum API.
Building the source
For prerequisites and detailed build instructions please read the Installation Instructions on the wiki.
Building geth requires two external dependencies, Go and GMP. You can install them using your favourite package manager. Once the dependencies are installed, run
Go Ethereum comes with several wrappers/executables found in the cmd directory:
geth: Ethereum CLI (ethereum command line interface client)
bootnode: runs a bootstrap node for the Discovery Protocol
ethtest: test tool which runs with the tests suite
evm: is a generic Ethereum Virtual Machine
disasm: disassembles EVM code
rlpdump: prints RLP structures
Command line options
geth can be configured via command line options, environment variables and config files.
Geth comes with extensive build in help. To get the available options:
For further details on options, see the wiki.