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Version: v1.1.2 (stable)

Building Nym

Nym runs on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. All nodes except the Desktop Wallet on Windows should be considered experimental - it works fine if you're an app developer but isn't recommended for running nodes.

Building Nym

Nym has two main codebases:

  • the Nym platform, written in Rust. This contains all of our code except for the validators.
  • the Nym validators, written in Go.
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This page details how to build the main Nym platform code. If you want to build and run a validator, go here instead.

Prerequisites

  • (Debian/Ubuntu) pkg-config, build-essential, libssl-dev, curl, jq, git
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pkg-config build-essential libssl-dev curl jq git
  • Rust & cargo >= v1.56

We recommend using the Rust shell script installer. Installing cargo from your package manager (e.g. apt) is not recommended as the packaged versions are usually too old.

If you really don't want to use the shell script installer, the Rust installation docs contain instructions for many platforms.

Download and build Nym binaries

The following commands will compile binaries into the nym/target/release directory:

rustup update
git clone https://github.com/nymtech/nym.git
cd nym

git reset --hard # in case you made any changes on your branch
git pull # in case you've checked it out before

git checkout release/v1.1.2 # checkout to the latest release branch: `develop` will most likely be incompatible with deployed public networks

cargo build --release # build your binaries with **mainnet** configuration
NETWORK=sandbox cargo build --release # build your binaries with **sandbox** configuration

Quite a bit of stuff gets built. The key working parts are:

  1. the mixnode: nym-mixnode
  2. the gateway node: nym-gateway
  3. the websocket client: nym-client
  4. the socks5 client: nym-socks5-client
  5. the network requester: nym-network-requester
  6. the network explorer api: explorer-api
  7. the nym-cli tool: nym-cli

The repository also contains two Typescript applications which aren't built in this process: the Nym Wallet and the Network Explorer UI. Both of these can be built by following the instructions on their respective docs pages.

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You cannot build from GitHub's .zip or .tar.gz archive files on the releases page - the Nym build scripts automatically include the current git commit hash in the built binary during compilation, so the build will fail if you use the archive code (which isn't a Git repository). Check the code out from github using git clone instead.