Get Started

The Colony Network contracts are moving toward being live on testnet, but in the mean time you will need to run your own version for testing and development.

Set Up and Deploy the colonyNetwork contracts


See the colonyNetwork for detailed instructions.

You'll need the latest versions of all the colonyNetwork contracts ready to deploy:

~$ git clone

~$ cd colonyNetwork/

~$ yarn

~$ git submodule update --init

This should install all the bare-bones tools and scripts you can use to start testing!

To deploy all contracts and run all tests:

~$ yarn run test:contracts

Alternatively, you can start a local test node and deploy the contracts yourself (using the locally installed truffle):

~$ yarn run start:blockchain:client

~$ ./node_modules/.bin/truffle migrate --reset --compile-all

For more detailed instructions, and additional steps required to set up an environment for use with colonyJS, refer to the colonyJS get started doc.

Set Up Reputation Mining for Local Testing

The Reputation Mining client is usable for testing, but has a limited functionality. It currently has no support for the challenge-response process to accommodate multiple submitted Reputation Root Hashes. Still, it is possible to run a single miner instance for usable reputation scores on a testnet.

Start the Mining Client

Start the mining client with:

node packages/reputation-miner/bin/index.js --file ./reputations.json --colonyNetworkAddress 0x76d508fa65654654ffdb334a3023353587112e09 --minerAddress 0xb77d57f4959eafa0339424b83fcfaf9c15407461

The minerAddress in the execution above is the first account in ganache-accounts.json.

The colonyNetwork address in the execution above is not the address outputted at contract deployment, but is the address of the Colony Network EtherRouter. See Upgrades to the Colony Network for more information about the EtherRouter design pattern.

Force Reputation Updates

The client is set to provide a reputation update once per hour. For testing, you'll likely want to 'fast-forward' your network through a few submissions to see usable reputation.

Move the network forward by an hour with:

$ curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"evm_increaseTime","params":[3600],"id": 1}' localhost:8545

And mine a new block:

$ curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"evm_mine","params":[]}' localhost:8545

Note that because reputation is awarded for the previous submission window, you will need to use the 'fast-forward' commands above to speed through at least 3 reputation updates before noticing a change in the miner's reputation.

Get Reputation from the Reputation Oracle

The mining client will answer queries for Reputation scores locally over HTTP:{colonyAddress}/{skillId}/{userAddress}

For example, you can get the reputation score of the miner using the address of the Meta Colony (0xdb8fe93a3a9c97f04f5c862f52a84f992bd331df), the skill tag of 0, and the address of the miner (0xb77d57f4959eafa0339424b83fcfaf9c15407461):

The oracle should return something like this: