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Initialization

Cryptographic utilities

Shardus requires a few key steps to get up and running. One of them is to install the shardus-crypto-utils npm package.

npm install shardus-crypto-utils
# OR:
yarn add shardus-crypto-utils

Before using the crypto package for hashing, or signing data, we need to initialize the module using the init function and pass in a 64 character hex key.

// Typescript
import * as crypto from 'shardus-crypto-utils';
// Javascript
const crypto = require('shardus-crypto-utils');

crypto.init('69fa4195670576c0160d660c3be36556ff8d504725be8a59b5a96509e0c994bc');
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Learn more about how to use this package here

Monitor Client

The next things you should setup for Shardus are the monitor-server and monitor-client. These are used to visually monitor the status of the nodes in the network. The vast majority of the time something goes wrong because of a bug, you'll be able to tell just by looking at the monitor client. This is a screenshot of what the monitor client looks like with 10 active nodes in the network who are all in sync.

monitor-client

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The tools section of the docs has more detailed documentation on these packages.

Shardus CLI Tool

Lastly, you want to grab the shardus-cli-tool which will provide you with various commands for helping you create, start, and stop networks.

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For the most part, you will be using the network tool provided in the shardus CLI tool, but there are a few other tools available as well. You can find more detailed documentation on the CLI tool here