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Nimiq is a frictionless payment protocol for the web.

For a high-level introduction check out the Nimiq White Paper.

To dive into the details of the protocol architecture check out the Nimiq Developer Reference.

Library Demo

Check out our testnet Browser Miner and Wallet.


  1. Install Node.js v8.0.0 or higher.
  2. On Ubuntu, install git and build-essential: sudo apt-get install -y git build-essential.
  3. If you want to use yarn to manage the dependencies, run: sudo npm install -g yarn.
  4. Install gulp globally: sudo npm install -g gulp or yarn global add gulp.
  5. Clone this repository: git clone https://github.com/nimiq-network/core.
  6. Enter the core directory: cd core.
  7. Run: npm install or yarn.
  8. Run: npm run build or yarn build.
  9. Open clients/browser/index.html in your browser.

Web Developers

Most simple Web Application on top of the Nimiq Blockchain

A good way to get started is to have a look at the most simple web application on top of the Nimiq Blockchain.

Installation for Web Developers

Follow the Quickstart guide or use our CDN:

<script src="https://cdn.nimiq.com/core/nimiq.js"></script>

Run browser client

Open clients/browser/index.html in your browser.

Build your own browser client

Just include <script src="dist/nimiq.js"></script> in your project.


Visit the API Documentation.

Node.js client

Run Node.js client

To run a Node.js client you will need a publicly routable IP, Domain and SSL Certificate (get a free one at letsencrypt.org). Start the client by running clients/nodejs/index.js.

cd clients/nodejs/
node index.js --host=HOSTNAME --port=PORT --cert=SSL_CERT_FILE --key=SSL_KEY_FILE [options]
--host=HOSTNAME Hostname of the Node.js client.
--port=PORT Port to listen on for connections.
--cert=SSL_CERT_FILE SSL certificate file for your domain. CN should match HOSTNAME.
--key=SSL_KEY_FILE SSL private key file for your domain.
--help Show usage instructions.
--log[=LEVEL] Configure global log level.
--log-tag=TAG[:LEVEL] Configure log level for a specific tag.
--miner[=THREADS] Activate mining on this node with THREADS parallel threads.
--passive Do not actively connect to the network.
--rpc[=PORT] Start JSON-RPC server on port PORT (default: 8648).
--statistics[=INTERVAL] Output miner statistics every INTERVAL seconds.
--type=TYPE Configure the consensus type, one of full (default), light or nano.
--wallet-seed=SEED Initialize wallet using SEED as a wallet seed.
--wallet-address=ADDRESS Initialize wallet using ADDRESS as a wallet address.

Build binary packages for Linux distributions

Debian/Ubuntu (deb package format)

After running npm install or yarn (from the Quickstart section):

  1. Make sure you have dpkg, jq and fakeroot installed (if you don't, they can be easily installed with apt).
  2. Run npm run build-deb.
  3. The .deb package will be located in the dist/ directory.

Note: creating deb packages only works on Debian-based distributions (only has been extensively tested on Ubuntu).

Fedora/CentOS/RHEL (rpm package format)

After running npm install or yarn (from the Quickstart section):

  1. Make sure you have rpm-build installed (if you don't, it can be easily installed with yum or dnf).
  2. Run npm run build-rpm.
  3. The .rpm package will be located in the dist/ directory.

Note: creating rpm packages only works on rpm-based distributions (only has been extensively tested on Fedora).

Core Developers

Developers are free to choose between npm and yarn for managing the dependencies.

Installation for Core Developers (using npm)

Installation for Core Developers (using yarn)

Test and Build

Run Testsuite

Run ESLint

npm run lint or yarn lint runs the ESLint javascript linter.


Executing npm run build or yarn build concatenates all sources into dist/{web,web-babel,web-crypto,node}.js


A Dockerfile is provided which allows for creating your own backbone image using the following arguments.

Argument Description
BRANCH Defaults to master but can be any available git branch
PORT Defaults to TCP port 8080
DOMAIN Domain to be used for hosting the backbone node
KEY Path to an existing certificate key for the DOMAIN
CRT Path to an existing signed certificate for the DOMAIN
WALLET_SEED Pre-existing wallet private key

Building the Docker image using the above arguments

docker build \
  --build-arg DOMAIN=<DOMAIN> \
  --build-arg BRANCH=<BRANCH> \
  --build-arg WALLET_SEED=<WALLET_SEED> \
  --build-arg KEY=<KEY> \
  --build-arg CRT=<CRT> \
  --build-arg PORT=<PORT> \
  -t nimiq .

Running an instance of the image

docker run -d -p 8080:8080 -v /etc/letsencrypt/:/etc/letsencrypt/ --name "nimiq" nimiq

Note that you can override any of the arguments which were baked into the image at runtime with exception to the BRANCH. The -v flag here allows for mapping a local system path into the container for the purpose of using the existing DOMAIN certificates.

Check status

docker logs -f <instance_id_or_name>


If you'd like to contribute to the development of Nimiq please follow our Code of Conduct and Contributing Guidelines.


This project is under the Apache License 2.0.