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Jenesis is a command line tool for rapid contract and service development for the blockchain ecosystem and other CosmWasm-enabled blockchains.

System Requirements

Jenesis currently requires:

  • OS: Linux, MacOS
  • Python: 3.8 to 3.10
  • Docker: 20.10.22 or higher recommended
  • git: Any


Install via PyPI:

pip install jenesis

Getting started

There are multiple commands integrated into jenesis that allow you to perform a variety of tasks these commands are:

  • new
  • init
  • add
  • update
  • attach
  • compile
  • keys
  • deploy
  • run
  • shell
  • network

Create a new project

Create a project using the new command

jenesis new my_project [--profile my_profile] [--network network_name]

This will create a new directory called my_project. You can use --profile and --network optional arguments; when they aren't used, profile and network will be set to testing and fetchai-testnet respectively. Inside this directory a jenesis.toml file will be created containing the following information:

name = "my_project"
authors = [ "Alice Tyler <[email protected]>"]
keyring_backend = "os"

default = true

name = "fetchai-testnet"
chain_id = "dorado-1"
fee_minimum_gas_price = 5000000000
fee_denomination = "atestfet"
staking_denomination = "atestfet"
url = "grpc+"
faucet_url = ""
is_local = false


The project name is the argument passed to the new command while the authors field is populated by querying the user's GitHub username and email address. The profile's network will be filled with the relevant configuration variables. The contracts field will remain empty until new contracts are added. This my_profile profile will be set as the default profile, this means that every time you use a jenesis command without specifying a profile, my_profile will be used.

An empty contracts folder will also be created inside my_project directory that will eventually contain all the information needed to compile and deploy the desired contracts.

The init command is similar to the new command, but in this case, you won't need a project name argument since this command is intended to run inside an existing project directory.

jenesis init [--profile my_profile] [--network network_name]

This command will create the same files and folders inside your project directory as the ones described for the new command.

If using a cargo workspace, you just need to navigate to the top level of your project and run the init command shown above. This will create the jenesis.toml configuration file inside your workspace including all the relevant information from existing contracts.

Configure a network

By default, jenesis will configure the project to run on the latest stable testnet. Use fetchai-mainnet to configure for the mainnet or directly edit the jenesis.toml file to configure for other networks.

To test on a local node, pass the argument --network fetchai-localnode when creating a project:

jenesis new my_project --network fetchai-localnode
jenesis init --network fetchai-localnode

The configuration can be found under the network heading in the jenesis.toml file and can be changed as desired:

name = "fetchai-localnode"
chain_id = "localnode"
fee_minimum_gas_price = 5000000000
fee_denomination = "atestfet"
staking_denomination = "atestfet"
url = "grpc+"
is_local = true
keep_running = false
cli_binary = "fetchd"
validator_key_name = "validator"
mnemonic = "gap bomb bulk border original scare assault pelican resemble found laptop skin gesture height inflict clinic reject giggle hurdle bubble soldier hurt moon hint"
password = "12345678"
moniker = "test-node"
genesis_accounts = [ "fetch1vas6cc9650z0s08230ytqjphgzl5tcq9crqhhu",]
timeout_commit = "5s"
debug_trace = true
In particular, to fund some accounts for testing, replace the genesis_accounts field with the addresses to be funded.

When running any of the commands deploy, run, shell, and attach, jenesis will check for a currently running local node, and if there is none, a new one will be created in a docker container. If you wish to keep a local node running, you need to set the keep_running parameter to true. Otherwise, nodes will be stopped after any of the command mentioned above finish running.

At any time, you can start or stop a local node by running:

jenesis network start [--profile my_profile]
jenesis network stop [--profile my_profile]

To view the logs from the local node, run:

jenesis network logs [--profile my_profile]