The Lisk SDK aims to provide an easy and reliable software development kit for building blockchain applications which are compatible with the Lisk protocol.
The architecture of the Lisk SDK has been designed so that it can be extended to meet the requirements of a wide variety of blockchain application use cases.
The Lisk SDK makes every effort to allow developers to focus simply and purely on writing the code that matters to their own blockchain application, and nothing more.
The following dependencies need to be installed in order to run blockchain clients created with the Lisk SDK.
If you are using NVM, install the correct version as shown below:
nvm install v18.16.0
It is recommended to install Lisk Commander globally with NPM (Node Package Manager), to facilitate the convenient usage of the Lisk Commander CLI.
npm install --global lisk-commander@beta
To check the successful installation of Lisk Commander, run the following command:
$ lisk --version
lisk-commander/6.0.0 darwin-arm64 node-v18.16.0
Once Lisk Commander is installed, install the following compiler dependencies as well.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y libtool automake autoconf curl build-essential python2-minimal
Ensure that Homebrew is installed.
brew install autoconf automake libtool python2
lisk init command of Lisk Commander as shown below, to bootstrap a default blockchain client in the current folder.
As a result of executing the
init command, you will be asked for the Name, ChainID, Description, Author, and License of the new blockchain client.
Using template "lisk-ts"
Initializing git repository
Updating .liskrc.json file
Creating project structure
? Application name my_client
? Chain ID in hex representation. ChainID must be 4 bytes (8 characters) 12345678
? Application description A simple blockchain client for my Web3 application
? Author XYZ
? License ISC
Next, all the required files are created by Lisk Commander.
It is now already possible to start the newly bootstrapped blockchain client with default configurations for a local Devnet:
The blockchain client offers a variety of configuration options such as
maxTransactionsSize, and much more.
To use the custom config with the client, use the
Also add the
--overwrite-config flag, if you used another config the last time the client was started.
./bin/run start --config config/custom_config.json --overwrite-config
A module defines the logic that makes state changes on-chain, meaning that it will be a part of the blockchain protocol.
A plugin, on the other hand, defines an off-chain logic that is not part of the blockchain protocol but enhances the blockchain application features.
Add your new module or plugin to your blockchain client conveniently with Lisk Commander:
generate:module command in the root folder of the blockchain client to generate a ready-to-use module template.
lisk generate:module my-module-name
For more detailed explanations how to create a module, please refer to the guide How to create a module
generate:plugin command in the root folder of the blockchain client to generate a ready-to-use plugin template.
lisk generate:plugin my-plugin-name
For a more detailed explanation of how to create a plugin, please refer to the guide: How to create a plugin
For further explanations, guides and tutorials, see the official Lisk SDK documentation.
The Lisk SDK operates on the NodeJS runtime and consists primarily of an application framework (Lisk Framework), a collection of libraries providing blockchain application functionalities (Lisk Elements), and a powerful command-line tool (Lisk Commander) helping developers to build a blockchain application using Lisk Framework. The diagram below provides a high-level overview of the architecture:
|An application framework responsible for establishing and maintaining the interactions between the modules of a Lisk blockchain application.
|A collection of libraries, each of them implementing some form of blockchain application functionality such as cryptography, transactions, p2p, etc.
|A command line tool to help developers to build a blockchain application using Lisk Framework.
|Want to chat with our community
|Reach them on Discord
|Found a bug
|Open a new issue
|Found a security issue
|See our bounty program
|Want to share your research
|Propose your research
|Want to develop with us
|Create a fork
To contribute to
Clone the repository:
git clone https://github.com/LiskHQ/lisk-sdk.git
Install Yarn Classic globally
Install dependencies and build:
In order to link your local lisk-sdk repository and test your application which uses
lisk-sdk, simply follow the steps below in your local
lisk-sdk repository and run
yarn link lisk-sdk in the root of your application.
Once you have linked your local repo, every time you make changes in
lisk-sdk/elements you must build packages before testing:
a. To build all packages:
npm run build or
b. To build specific package:
yarn workspace <package name> build or go into each package folder and
yarn build or
npm run build
yarn workspace @liskhq/lisk-p2p build
Note: In case you face any issues during the installation, make sure you have the right version of
node and try resetting the project with
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