Review of Ethereum Developer Chain Options

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In our previous article (Review of Ethereum Options for Development and Testing), we discussed what Ethereum Options are for application development and testing.

In this article, we learn what Ethereum Chain Options are and how to use them.


Developer chain options

Developer chain options are the ones facing developers. There are two useful developer chain options:

  • --dev
  • --dev.period


By running --dev, a proof-of-authority network will be established. Notice that a prefunded account will be created and mining will be enabled automatically. The default block period will be 0, meaning mining is only enabled when the transaction is in a pending status. Sometimes, developers will save the trouble of creating their own local private chain from scratch by using the one developer mode provides. You can challenge yourself by setting up a private blockchain using the --dev flag. It will deepen your understanding of all the kinds of options supported by geth.
Let's quickly check the fund in the predefined account using the following steps:

  • You must be very familiar with the console by now. We will bring up the console with the following command:


$ geth -dev console
  • Then, we will double-check if this is the account we are interested in with the help of the following command:


    eth.accounts ["0xcbb8c6537505837c43cc54f1440bcf988111ad91"]
  • If we query interactively using the following command, we will find out the amount of ether

the 0xcbb8c6537505837c43cc54f1440bcf988111ad91 account is holding:

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