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Compiling the Conflux Client

Here is a step by step guide on how to build Conflux from the source code and get a node running.

Install Build Dependencies

Conflux requires Rust 1.62.0, clang, and sqlite to build.

We recommend installing Rust through rustup. If you don't already have rustup or clang, you can install them like this:


curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh
# you might need to run
# source "$HOME/.cargo/env"
# to configure your shell
rustup install 1.62.0

Other dependencies including clang, cmake (version >= 3.12) and sqlite (version >= 3.8.3) can be installed with:

  • Ubuntu 18.04:
# The latest cmake version on Ubuntu 18.04 is 3.10, so you'll need to install it from the Kitware repository.
wget -O - 2>/dev/null | gpg --dearmor - | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/kitware-archive-keyring.gpg >/dev/null
echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/kitware-archive-keyring.gpg] bionic main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kitware.list >/dev/null
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install clang libsqlite3-dev pkg-config libssl-dev cmake
  • CentOS 7 / RHEL:
sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install clang gcc gcc-c++ openssl-devel cmake3 wget

# This may fail if you have installed cmake with version 2.8.
# You can choose to uninstall cmake first.
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/cmake3 /usr/bin/cmake

# The official sqlite version on CentOS 7 is 3.7.17, so we need to install the latest version from the source code.
# The source code have be downloaded from
tar xfvz sqlite-autoconf-3320100.tar.gz
cd sqlite-autoconf-3320100
sudo make install


curl -sSf | sh
# you might need to run
# source "$HOME/.cargo/env"
# to configure your shell
rustup install 1.62.0

You might need to install brew if you need to use it to install clang:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

clang comes with Xcode command line tools, and can also be installed with homebrew:

brew install llvm

You also need to install other dependencies with homebrew and set up the environment variables as described after the installation:

brew install openssl pkg-config cmake


Make sure you have Visual Studio 2015 with C++ support installed. Next, download and run the rustup installer from this link, start VS2015 x64 Native Tools Command Prompt, and use the following command to install and set up the msvc toolchain:

rustup default stable-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc

clang can be installed with LLVM. Pre-built binaries can be downloaded from Download LLVM. Make sure to add LLVM to the system PATH as instructed.

Make sure that these binaries are in your PATH (the instruction will be shown after installing rustup). After that, you should be able to build Conflux from source.

Build from Source Code

After installing the dependencies mentioned above, now you can clone our repository and start building the executable binary. The latest mainnet node version is v2.3.5.

# download Conflux code
git clone
cd conflux-rust
git checkout <latest-released-mainnet-version> # checkout to the latest release version

# Usually, you just need the latest source code without the complete history. You can speed up the cloning process with the following command.
git clone -b <latest-released-mainnet-version> --single-branch --depth 1
cd conflux-rust

# build in release mode
cargo build --release

This produces an executable called conflux in the ./target/release subdirectory. The conflux binary it a client software that we can use to run a node.

Note, when compiling a crate and you receive errors, it's in most cases your outdated version of Rust, or some of your crates have to be recompiled. Cleaning the repository will most likely solve the issue if you are on the latest stable version of Rust, try:

cargo clean && cargo update

When you compiling on Linux system,By default cc is linked to gcc, you need to export the cc environment variable to point to clang

CC=clang CXX=clang++ cargo build --release

To start running a Conflux full node, you can follow the instructions at Running Conflux Full Node.


Why the build process failed?

Please make sure you install all the dependencies, and your network is good to download rust crates. If you are in China, you can try to use rustup to install rust and set the mirror to Rust China.

Is mainnet and testnet client compatible?

No, the mainnet and testnet client are not same.

How to build the testnet client?

Checkout to the latest testnet tag and build the source code. The latest version of testnet is v2.3.5-testnet.

git checkout <latest-released-testnet-version>  # checkout to the latest testnet release version
cargo build --release

Where to find the latest release version?

You can find the latest release version at Releases