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Updated on August 19, 2021

GoQuorum command line options

This reference describes the syntax of the GoQuorum Command Line Interface (CLI) options.


GoQuorum is based on Geth Go Ethereum client but only the GoQuorum specific CLI options are listed here. Visit the Go Ethereum documentation to view the CLI options for the geth command.



--allowedfutureblocktime <INTEGER>
--allowedfutureblocktime 1

Maximum time from current time allowed for blocks before they’re considered future blocks, in seconds. This allows nodes to be slightly out of sync without receiving “Mining too far in the future” messages. The default is 0.


--immutabilitythreshold <INTEGER>
--immutabilitythreshold 1000000

Overrides the default immutability threshold for GoQuorum nodes. Blocks below the immutability threshold are moved to the ancient data folder. The default is 3162240.


--istanbul.blockperiod <INTEGER>
--istanbul.blockperiod 5

Minimum time between two consecutive IBFT or QBFT blocks’ timestamps in seconds. Setting the block period determines how quickly blocks should be minted by the validators. The default is 1.


Do not update this value after starting the network because this option is used by nodes to validate block times.


--istanbul.requesttimeout <INTEGER>
--istanbul.requesttimeout 12000

Minimum request timeout for each IBFT or QBFT round in milliseconds. The request timeout is the timeout at which IBFT triggers a new round if the previous one did not complete. This period increases as the timeout is hit more often.

The default is 10000.



Enables multi-tenancy. This requires the JSON-RPC Security plugin to also be configured.



Enables basic network permissioning. The node allows only a defined list of nodes to connect.


--plugins file:///<path>/<to>/plugins.json
--plugins file:///opt/geth/plugins.json

URI of the plugins settings JSON file. Use this to configure plugins.



Verifies plugin integrity from the local file system. This requires a plugin signature file and PGP public key file to be available.


--plugins.publickey file:///<path>/<to>/<publicKeyFile>
--plugins.publickey file:///opt/geth/pubkey.pgp.asc

URI of the PGP public key for local plugin verification. This option is only valid if --plugins.localverify is set.



Disables the plugin verification process.



Enables Raft for consensus.


--raftblocktime <INTEGER>
--raftblocktime 100

Time between Raft block creations in milliseconds. The default is 50.



Enables DNS resolution of peers.


--raftjoinexisting <INTEGER>
--raftjoinexisting 1

Raft ID to assume when joining a pre-existing cluster. The default is 0.


--raftlogdir <DIRECTORY>
--raftlogdir raftlogdir

Raft log directory used for the quorum-raft-state, raft-snap, and raft-wal folders. Defaults to the datadir option.


--raftport <PORT>
--raftport 50500

Port to bind for the Raft transport. The default is 50400.



Enables including the revert reason in the eth_getTransactionReceipt response.

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