Appchain Development

# Appchain Development

In this tutorial, we will:

  1. Setup a development environment for an Appchain;
  2. Implement an Web3.0 application with an Appchain;
  3. Start a local testnet for an Appchain;

# Setup the Development Environment of the Appchain

It's suggested to start an Appchain node based on Barnacle (opens new window) which is a template developed by the Octopus Network team. Originate from the Substrate node template (opens new window), Barnacle is a minimal working Appchain node template for developers to quickly start their Octopus Appchain project. The frontend of an Appchain can be developed based on the Front-end template (opens new window).

# Setup a Rust Development Environment.

Note: Substrate development is easiest on Unix-based operating systems like macOS or Linux and it is highly recommended to use Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL) and follow the instructions for Ubuntu/Debian.

For most users, you can execute the following commands to install the environment.

curl []( -sSf | bash -s - --fast

For more information, please refer to the Installation Guide (opens new window) in the Substrate Developer Center.

# Install the Barnacle Template.

git clone --depth 1
cd barnacle
cargo build

# Install the front-end template.

# Install Node.js
curl -o- | bash
nvm install node
# Install Yarn
npm install --global yarn
# Clone the frontend template from github
git clone -b v3.0.0+monthly-2021-08 --depth 1
# Install the dependencies
cd substrate-front-end-template
yarn install


If there is a newer version of substrate-front-end-template, It is recommended to replace v3.0.0+monthly-2021-08 with it in the above command.

# Implement an Web3.0 application with an Appchain

Steps to implement an application with an Appchain(Barnacle (opens new window)):

  1. Add a pallet, and implement application specific logic in pallets/<pallet-name>/src/;
  2. Add the pallet into runtime/Cargo.toml, runtime/src/;
  3. Add the runtime into node/Cargo.toml, install it in the node.

For more information, please refer to the Add Pallet to Runtime Guide (opens new window) in the Substrate Developer Center.

# Start the Local Testnet for an Appchain

Execute the following command to compile and start the local blockchain node:

cargo build
# Run a temporary node in development mode
./target/debug/appchain-barnacle --dev --tmp

If you want to run a local front-end to interact with local nodes, you can refer to Run Local Front End (opens new window).

# Publish the Appchain Release

Once finishing the Appchain development, and the integration of the Octopus Pallets (opens new window), the Appchain team needs to publish a release of the Appchain. And then record the Github release URL which is used to register the Appchain into the Octopus Network.



Last Updated: 11/15/2021, 7:33:36 AM