2 unstable releases

0.4.1 Feb 25, 2023
0.3.0 Jan 18, 2023

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Used in darkfi-sdk


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Build Status Web - dark.fi Manifesto - unsystem Book - mdbook

About DarkFi

DarkFi is a new Layer 1 blockchain, designed with anonymity at the forefront. It offers flexible private primitives that can be wielded to create any kind of application. DarkFi aims to make anonymous engineering highly accessible to developers.

DarkFi uses advances in zero-knowledge cryptography and includes a contracting language and developer toolkits to create uncensorable code.

In the open air of a fully dark, anonymous system, cryptocurrency has the potential to birth new technological concepts centered around sovereignty. This can be a creative, regenerative space - the dawn of a Dark Renaissance.

Connect to DarkFi IRC

Follow the installation instructions for the P2P IRC daemon.


This project requires the Rust compiler to be installed. Please visit Rustup for instructions.

You have to install a native toolchain, which is set up during Rust installation, nightly toolchain and wasm32 target. To install nightly toolchain, execute:

% rustup toolchain install nightly

To install wasm32 target, execute:

% rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown
% rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown --toolchain nightly

Minimum Rust version supported is 1.77.0 (nightly).

The following dependencies are also required:

Dependency Debian-based
git git
make make
gcc gcc
pkg-config pkg-config
alsa-lib libasound2-dev
openssl libssl-dev
sqlcipher libsqlcipher-dev
wabt wabt

Users of Debian-based systems (e.g. Ubuntu) can simply run the following to install the required dependencies:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install -y git make gcc pkg-config libasound2-dev libssl-dev libsqlcipher-dev wabt

Alternatively, users can try using the automated script under contrib folder by executing:

% sh contrib/dependency_setup.sh

The script will try to recognize which system you are running, and install dependencies accordingly. In case it does not find your package manager, please consider adding support for it into the script and sending a patch.

To build the necessary binaries, we can just clone the repo, checkout to the latest tag, and use the provided Makefile to build the project:

% git clone https://github.com/darkrenaissance/darkfi
% cd darkfi && git checkout v0.4.1
% make


If you want to hack on the source code, make sure to read some introductory advice in the DarkFi book.


This will install the binaries on your system (/usr/local by default). The configuration files for the binaries are bundled with the binaries and contain sane defaults. You'll have to run each daemon once in order for them to spawn a config file, which you can then review.

# make install

Examples and usage

See the DarkFi book

Go Dark

Let's liberate people from the claws of big tech and create the democratic paradigm of technology.

Self-defense is integral to any organism's survival and growth.

Power to the minuteman.


~34K SLoC