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Updated on April 20, 2021

Getting started with Qubernetes

Qubernetes is a project for generating GoQuorum network resources, Kubernetes GoQuorum resources, and managing and interacting with a GoQuorum Kubernetes deployment.

qctl is a golang command line tool for creating and manipulating the minimal configuration, and interacting with a running Kubernetes network.

Installing binaries

Obtain the binaries from the repository.

Go get

Requires golang version > 1.13.

GO111MODULE=on go get

Test that qctl is installed properly.

qctl --help


  • Docker


    Ensure you allow Docker up to 5G of memory. Refer to the Resources section in Docker for Mac and Docker Desktop for details.

  • Kubernetes runtime. For example, minikube.

    See minikube full install instructions for your OS here

     brew install minikube
     curl -LO
     sudo install minikube-linux-amd64 /usr/local/bin/minikube

    Start minikube

    minikube start --memory 6144

Starting a network

Two paths must be set, either as environment variable or flags to the commands:

  • QUBE_CONFIG or --config. Path to the minimal configuration.
  • QUBE_K8S_DIR or --k8sdir. Path to a directory to contain the GoQuorum and Kubernetes resources.

Environment variables

export QUBE_CONFIG=$(pwd)/myconfig.yaml
export QUBE_K8S_DIR=$(pwd)/out
qctl init network --num 3  --consensus ibft --cakeshop --monitor
qctl generate network --create
qctl deploy network --wait
qctl geth exec quorum-node1 'eth.blockNumber'

Command line flags

qctl init --config $(pwd)/myconfig.yaml network --num 3  --consensus ibft --cakeshop --monitor
qctl generate network --create --config $(pwd)/myconfig.yaml --k8sdir $(pwd)/out
qctl deploy network --wait --config $(pwd)/myconfig.yaml --k8sdir $(pwd)/out
qctl geth exec quorum-node1 'eth.blockNumber'
qctl geth attach quorum-node1

Interacting With A Running K8s GoQuorum Network

Listing GoQuorum nodes

 qctl ls nodes
 qctl ls nodes --all
 qctl ls nodes --enode --bare

Adding and deleting nodes

 qctl add node quorum-node5
 qctl delete node quorum-node4

Test (simple) contract

 qctl test contract quorum-node1
 qctl test contract quorum-node1 --private

Executing a geth command

 qctl geth exec quorum-node1 'eth.blockNumber'

Attach to a specific node

qctl geth attach quorum-node1

connecting to geth /etc/quorum/qdata
Welcome to the Geth JavaScript console!

instance: Geth/v1.9.7-stable-6005360c(quorum-v2.7.0)/linux-amd64/go1.13.13
coinbase: 0x5dc833a384369714e05d1311e40a8b244be772af
at block: 19 (Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:24:05 UTC)
 datadir: /etc/quorum/qdata/dd
 modules: admin:1.0 debug:1.0 eth:1.0 istanbul:1.0 miner:1.0 net:1.0 personal:1.0 quorumExtension:1.0 rpc:1.0 txpool:1.0 web3:1.0
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