Bitmark Node Installation

The Bitmark Quickstart includes a tutorial on installing the Bitmark Property System using docker. That setup is intended for beginners who want to make it fast and easy to run the Bitmark Property System using a docker container that wraps all components and settings. Developers, or people who want to study the main program, may instead choose to run bitmarkd or recorderd services directly.

A full-node of bitmarkd consists of a bitmarkd, a recorderd, a payment system, a litecoind, and a bitcoind. The bitmarkd service verifies and records transactions on the Bitmark blockchain while the recorderd service computes the Bitmark proof-of-work algorithm that allows nodes to compete to win blocks on the Bitmark blockchain.

This tutorial explains how to set up the bitmarkd and/or the recorderd services by hand.


  • You must install the go language package for your system.
  • You must configure environmental variables for the go system.
  • You must install the ZMQ4 and Argon2 libraries.

Installing the Prerequisite Packages

Installing the required packages requires specific commabds on Debian, FreeBSD, macOS, and Ubuntu.

Installing Packages on Debian

Tested on Stretch (Debian 9).

First, ensure that the system has access to both the current version of Debian (stable) and testing.

root@debian-bitmarkd:/# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/stable.list
deb    stable main contrib non-free
deb-src    stable main contrib non-free
deb         stable/updates  main contrib non-free

root@debian-bitmarkd:/# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/testing.list
deb    testing main contrib non-free
deb-src    testing main contrib non-free
deb         testing/updates  main contrib non-free

Now. install libargon2 from testing:

    $ apt-get -t testing install libargon2-dev libargon2-1

For the other packages, install from stable or testing as you prefer; both versions work:

    $ apt install uuid-dev libzmq3-dev

Installing Packages on FreeBSD

    $ pkg install libzmq4 libargon2

Installing Packages on MacOSX

Be sure that homebrew is installed correctly before beginning.


    $ brew tap bitmark-inc/bitmark
    $ brew install argon2
    $ brew install zeromq43

Installing Packages on Ubuntu

Tested on Ubuntu 18.04.

    $ apt install libargon2-0-dev uuid-dev libzmq3-dev

Downloading and Installing a Bitmark Node

Download the Bitmark Node repository using the git command:

    $ git clone

Afterward, compile the repo using go. This process requires that the Go installation be 1.12 or later, as the build process uses Go Modules.

    $ cd bitmarkd
    $ go install -v ./...

Setting Up and Running a Bitmark Node

Ensure that the ${HOME}/go/bin directory is part of your shell’s ${PATH} before continuing.

The commands below assume you checked out and compiled your Bitmark Node into the ${HOME}/bitmarkd directory.

Setting up and running bitmarkd

Create the configuration directory and copy the sample configuration:

    $ mkdir -p ~/.config/bitmarkd
    $ cp ~/bitmarkd/command/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf.sample  ~/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf

Afteward, edit the bitmarkd.conf to set up appropriate IP addresses, ports, and local bitcoin testnet connection. The sample configuration has some embedded instructions for quick setup, and only a few items near the beginning of the file need to be changed for basic use.

    $ ${EDITOR} ~/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf

Generate key files and certificates:

    $ bitmarkd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf" gen-peer-identity "${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/
    $ bitmarkd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf" gen-rpc-cert "${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/
    $ bitmarkd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf" gen-proof-identity "${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/

Finally, start the program.

    $ bitmarkd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf" start

For more information on bitmarkd sub-commands, run the following command:

    $ bitmarkd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/bitmarkd/bitmarkd.conf" help

Setting up and running recorderd

recorderd is the mining program for the Bitmark Property System, which can optionally be run to support the Bitmark blockchain (and to earn bitmarks on blocks).

Setting up recorderd is similar to setting up bitmarkd.

First, setup and edit your configuration file. For mining using the local bitmarkd, the sample configuration should work without changes.

mkdir -p ~/.config/recorderd
cp ~/bitmarkd/command/recorderd/recorderd.conf.sample  ~/.config/recorderd/recorderd.conf
${EDITOR} ~/.config/recorderd/recorderd.conf

Generate key files and certificates:

    $ recorderd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/recorderd/recorderd.conf" generate-identity "${HOME}/.config/recorderd/

Start the program.

    $ recorderd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/recorderd/recorderd.conf" start

For more information on recorderd sub-commands, run the following command:

    $ recorderd --config-file="${HOME}/.config/recorderd/recorderd.conf" help