Install Tendermint

The fastest and easiest way to install the tendermint binary is to run this script on a fresh Ubuntu instance, or this script on a fresh FreeBSD instance. Read the comments / instructions carefully (i.e., reset your terminal after running the script, make sure your okay with the network connections being made).

From Binary

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

From Source

You’ll need go installed and the required environment variables set

Get Source Code

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
cd $GOPATH/src/
git clone
cd tendermint

Get Tools & Dependencies

make get_tools
make get_vendor_deps


make install

to put the binary in $GOPATH/bin or use:

make build

to put the binary in ./build.

The latest tendermint 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.


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

tendermint init
tendermint node --proxy_app=kvstore