Install Tendermint

From Binary

To download pre-built binaries, see the Download page.

From Source

You’ll need go, maybe dep, and the Tendermint source code.

Install Go

Make sure you have installed Go and set the GOPATH. You should also put GOPATH/bin on your PATH.

Get Source Code

You should be able to install the latest with a simple

go get

Run tendermint --help and tendermint version to ensure your installation worked.

If the installation failed, a dependency may have been updated and become incompatible with the latest Tendermint master branch. We solve this using the dep tool for dependency management.

First, install dep:

cd $GOPATH/src/
make get_tools

Now we can fetch the correct versions of each dependency by running:

make get_vendor_deps
make install

Note that even though go get originally failed, the repository was still cloned to the correct location in the $GOPATH.

The latest Tendermint Core version is now installed.


If you already have Tendermint installed, and you make updates, simply

cd $GOPATH/src/
make install

To upgrade, there are a few options:

  • set a new $GOPATH and run go get This makes a fresh copy of everything for the new version.
  • run go get -u, where the -u fetches the latest updates for the repository and its dependencies
  • fetch and checkout the latest master branch in $GOPATH/src/, and then run make get_vendor_deps && make install as above.

Note the first two options should usually work, but may fail. If they do, use dep, as above:

cd $GOPATH/src/
make get_vendor_deps
make install

Since the third option just uses dep right away, it should always work.


If go get failing bothers you, fetch the code using git:

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
git clone $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/
make get_tools
make get_vendor_deps
make install


To start a one-node blockchain with a simple in-process application:

tendermint init
tendermint node --proxy_app=kvstore