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Updated on September 8, 2021

Creating the GoQuorum genesis file

The genesis file defines the first block in the chain, and the first block defines which chain you want to join.

Create a JSON genesis file, then specify the genesis file when initalizing GoQuorum with:


The genesis file specifies the network-wide settings, so all nodes in a network must use the same genesis file.

Example Raft genesis file

  "alloc": {
    "0xed9d02e382b34818e88b88a309c7fe71e65f419d": {
      "balance": "1000000000000000000000000000"
    "0xca843569e3427144cead5e4d5999a3d0ccf92b8e": {
      "balance": "1000000000000000000000000000"
    "0x0fbdc686b912d7722dc86510934589e0aaf3b55a": {
      "balance": "1000000000000000000000000000"
    "0x9186eb3d20cbd1f5f992a950d808c4495153abd5": {
      "balance": "1000000000000000000000000000"
    "0x0638e1574728b6d862dd5d3a3e0942c3be47d996": {
      "balance": "1000000000000000000000000000"
  "coinbase": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
  "config": {
    "homesteadBlock": 0,
    "byzantiumBlock": 0,
    "constantinopleBlock": 0,
    "chainId": 10,
    "eip150Block": 0,
    "eip155Block": 0,
    "eip150Hash": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
    "eip158Block": 0,
    "maxCodeSizeConfig": [
        "block": 0,
        "size": 35
    "isQuorum": true
  "difficulty": "0x0",
  "extraData": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
  "gasLimit": "0xE0000000",
  "mixhash": "0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000647572616c65787365646c6578",
  "nonce": "0x0",
  "parentHash": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
  "timestamp": "0x00"
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