In this section, we will gear up your workhorse for developing, deploying and, enjoying smart contracts on Cosmos SDK.
You can setup golang following official
documentation (opens new window). The latest versions of
require go version
Assuming you have never worked with rust, you will first need to install some tooling. The standard
approach is to use
rustup to maintain dependencies and handle updating multiple versions of
rustc, which you will be using.
First, install rustup (opens new window). Once installed, make sure you have the wasm32 target:
For those new to rust, the
stable channel comes out every 6 weeks with a stable release (as of
2020-08-03 it is 1.45.2 - we support 1.44.1+). The
nightly channel is the bleeding edge and not
only is it a version or two ahead (for testing), but it allows some extra unstable features, whose
APIs may change. For compiling
wasm, you will want to use
stable. We use
nightly to compile
the runtime for
wasmd, which needs it for the singlepass compiler with gas metering and more.
wasmd is the backbone of CosmWasm platform. It is the implementation of a Cosmoszone with wasm
smart contracts enabled.
This code was forked from the
cosmos/gaia repository as a basis and then added x/wasm and cleaned
up many gaia-specific files. However, the wasmd binary should function just like gaiad except for
the addition of the x/wasm module.
If you intend to develop or edit a contract, you need wasmd.
If you have any problems here, check your
make install will copy
$HOME/go/bin by default, please make sure that is set up in your
PATH as well, which should be
the case in general for building Go code from source.
# Using Testnets
Long term testing network Coralnet (opens new window) is launched to
save you of the hassle of running a local network and speed up your developments. To use coralnet, you need to use
coral/corald executables instead
wasmcli/wasmd which are basically same executables just some extra configurations during
compile time such as
Use go 1.14 for compiling
# Further Information on the Cosmos SDK
corald/gaiaflex) are forks of
gaiad, which are the binaries that run the Cosmos
Hub (source (opens new window)).
These represent an instance of a blockchain that
utilizes all of the stable features of the Cosmos SDK (opens new window). As
wasmd have all the same features (plus WASM smart contracts obviously). If
you'd like to learn more about accessing those features take a look at the Gaia
docs (opens new window). If you'd like to learn more about
getting started with the Cosmos SDK in general, take a look at the series of
Tutorials (opens new window) that show how to build custom modules for
# Setting up your IDE
We will need a good editor to guide us through the experience. We highly recommend plugins that help you learn syntax, especially when just starting rust. There are two free editor environments we recommend, choose the one that is more familiar to you.
If you use VSCode (Download link (opens new window)) you just need to add the rust plugin. This is the best supported environment for RLS (Rust Language Server) and uses the rust compiler to type-check all your code on save. This gives the same error messages as the actual compiler would and highlights along the line of the code, but it can be a bit slow to respond sometime (as it runs the compiler). It is quite good, and if you are used to VSCode, I highly recommend it:
The other option I can recommend it Intellij IDEA Community Edition (Download link (opens new window)), along with the Rust Plugin. This has very nice and quick support for many language features directly inline. In particular, it shows the inferred types along variables, which can be very helpful, especially when working with (nested) generics. It catches most syntax errors very quickly, but not all of them. Which means sometimes you have to look at the compile failures to find the errors. If you are coming from another Intellij product (eg. Goland), I recommend this approach:
There are many more editors out there and some have varying degrees of rust support, at least syntax highlighting, but I would recommend trying one of the two above, especially if you are new to rust. Once you are confident in the language, you can always use another editor and customize it to your liking.