Compile from source

1. Dependencies

Install protobufs:

# Mac OS:
brew install protobuf
# Ubuntu:
apt install protobuf-compiler

Install Rust:

curl -sSf | sh
rustup component add clippy-preview
rustup default nightly

2. Clone repository

We would need to copy the entire repository:

git clone
cd nearcore

3. Compile and run

Navigate to the root of the repository, and run:

cargo run --package near -- init
cargo run --package near -- run

This will setup a local chain with init and will run the node.

You can now check the status of the node with http tool (brew install http or apt install http or configure CURL for POST requests) via RPC:

http get http://localhost:3030/status
http post http://localhost:3030/ method=query jsonrpc=2.0 id=1 params:='["account/test.near", ""]'

See full list of RPC endpoints here:

Unfortunately, transactions needs to be signed and encoded in base64, which is hard to do from the command line. Use near-shell tool to manage keys and send transactions (npm install -g near-shell).


To run NEARCore node in the testing mode, for example to test it or for development of nearlib or near-shell you can use scripts that sets up special tests-only local testnet:


This sets up a new single node testnet, with predetermined private key of the validator and turns on "fast" mode of block production to make development and testing easy.


Many times in development of the node it's useful to see detailed logs about what is happening. near binary has --verbose mode to show more details about what is happening:

cargo run -p near -- --verbose run

You can also use the RUST_LOG environment variable, with env_logger semantics to override the log level for specific targets. RUST_LOG can also be used in integration tests which spawn runnable apps.

If you want to change what is logged in verbose mode / non-verbose mode, for example to add new target (e.g. info!(target: "my target", "hello")), modify near/src/ in init_logging function.


This section describes how to prepare releases and publish docker files for NEAR core client.

Build docker container

To build docker image run from the root:

make docker-nearcore

This will build an image with nearcore name.

Publishing Docker files

To publish docker image, use

sudo docker tag nearcore <your username>/mynearcore:<version>
sudo docker push <your username>/mynearcore:<version>
sudo docker tag nearcore <your username>/mynearcore:latest
sudo docker push <your username>/mynearcore:latest

Official image is published at nearprotocol/nearcore