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0.1.0 Dec 3, 2020

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Forest is an implementation of Filecoin written in Rust. The implementation will take a modular approach to building a full Filecoin node in two parts — (i) building Filecoin’s security critical systems in Rust from the Filecoin Protocol Specification, specifically the virtual machine, blockchain, and node system, and (ii) integrating functional components for storage mining and storage & retrieval markets to compose a fully functional Filecoin node implementation.

Current development should be considered a work in progress.

Our crates:

crate description
blockchain Chain structures and syncing functionality
crypto Verification and signature definitions
encoding Forest encoding and decoding
ipld IPLD data model for content-addressable data
node Networking synchronization and storage
vm State transition and actors, message and address definitions


rustc >= 1.46.0


# Clone repository
git clone --recursive https://github.com/chainsafe/forest
cd forest

# Install binary to $HOME/.cargo/bin and run node
make install

OpenCL, hwloc and a compatible assembly linker (ex. clang) are also required to build Filecoin proofs.


Run the node with custom config and bootnodes

forest --config /path/to/your_config.toml

Example of config options available:

data_dir = "<directory for all chain and networking data>"
genesis_file = "<relative file path of genesis car file>"

listening_multiaddr = "<multiaddress>"
bootstrap_peers = ["<multiaddress>"]

Example of a multiaddress: "/ip4/"


The Forest logger uses Rust's log filtering options with the RUST_LOG environment variable. For example:

RUST_LOG="debug,forest_libp2p::service=info" forest

Will show all debug logs by default, but the forest_libp2p::service logs will be limited to info


# To run base tests
cargo test # use `make test-release` for longer compilation but faster execution

# To pull serialization vectors submodule and run serialization and conformance tests
make test-vectors

# To run all tests and all features enabled
make test-all

Joining the testnet

Build with the interopnet config with:

make interopnet

# Run and import past the state migrations to latest network version
./target/release/forest --import-snapshot ./types/networks/src/interopnet/snapshot.car

Importing the snapshot only needs to happen during the first run. Following this, to restart the daemon run:


Interacting with Forest via CLI

When the Forest daemon is started, an admin token will be displayed. You will need this for commands that require a higher level of authorization (like a password). Forest, as mentioned above, uses multiaddresses for networking. This is no different in the CLI. To set the host and the port to use, if not using the default port or using a remote host, set the FULLNODE_API_INFO environment variable. This is also where you can set a token for authentication.

FULLNODE_API_INFO="<token goes here>:/ip4/<host>/tcp/<port>/http

Note that if a token is not present in the FULLNODE_API_INFO env variable, the colon is removed.

Forest developers will prepend this variable to CLI commands over using export on Linux or its equivalant on Windows. This will look like the following:

FULLNODE_API_INFO="..." forest auth api-info -p admin




ChainSafe Security Policy

Reporting a Security Bug

We take all security issues seriously, if you believe you have found a security issue within a ChainSafe project please notify us immediately. If an issue is confirmed, we will take all necessary precautions to ensure a statement and patch release is made in a timely manner.

Please email us a description of the flaw and any related information (e.g. reproduction steps, version) to security at chainsafe dot io.


Forest is dual licensed under MIT + Apache 2.0.


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