How to install and execute Truffle on an Ubuntu 16.04


Truffle is a development environment, testing framework and asset pipeline for Ethereum, aiming to make life as an Ethereum developer easier.
See details on truffle website:

This was made on an Ubuntu 16.04
Written with Benjamin from Ethereum Bruxelles


Install packages

First, update and install packages

# sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
# sudo apt-get -y install curl git vim build-essential

Install NodeJs

Install NodeJs to execute the DAPP

# curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
# sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
# sudo npm install -g express

Install Truffle

Install Truffle packages

# sudo npm install -g truffle

Install testrpc

testprc uses ethereumjs to simulate full client behavior and make developing Ethereum
Install testrpc

# sudo npm install -g ethereumjs-testrpc

Launch testrpc

# testrpc

Output should display

EthereumJS TestRPC v2.1.0
Available Accounts
(0) 0x2742c08e81208d01ff48a8c0f7d7c738625f92f5
(1) 0x7947d5e07ab4736edbdfdd421e60ca42205a097f

Create a project

Init Truffle project

# mkdir myproject
# cd myprojet/
# truffle init
# truffle compile

Deploy contracts

testrpc should be launched
Deploy contracts on local chain

# truffle migrate

It should launch transaction on testrpc process output

Listening on localhost:8545
  Transaction: 0xc1cbc63cd0644604bc41ebbd9bd9998ce14f5ae2b27cb2e2d3fc5ce823574e62
  Contract created: 0xbbdef31b721512c7c9bc05a00e8c24fa4e15e1f6
  Gas usage: 139321
  Block Number: 0x01
And run migration
Running migration: 1_initial_migration.js
  Deploying Migrations...
  Migrations: 0xbbdef31b721512c7c9bc05a00e8c24fa4e15e1f6

Create DAPP

To build your frontend, run:

# truffle build

Launch server for DAPP testing

# truffle serve

Output should display

Serving app on port 8080...
Completed without errors

Optional: add -p option to change port

Go to http://localhost:8080 to see the Dapp
You can send Metacoin to an address (ex: 0x2742c08e81208d01ff48a8c0f7d7c738625f92f5 as see above from testrpc)
Each transactions are displayed on the testrpc process output

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10 thoughts on “How to install and execute Truffle on an Ubuntu 16.04

  1. Aliaksandr says:

    This is one of the best tutorials.

    However I had issues on both 14.04 and 16.04…

    On 14.04 I had to do
    $ npm install -g node-sass@3.13.1
    because truffle installation failed.

    On 16.04 apt-get update failed with “AppStream cache update completed, but some metadata was ignored due to errors” so I had to enable “Pre-release updates (xenial-proposed)”.

    Fucking Linux. Nothing works out-of-the-box. And it’s Ubuntu. I can imagine what would I face using a less popular/documented distro.

    Truffle’s official documentation says you only need
    NodeJS 5.0+ installed and
    $ npm install -g truffle

    Not on my life.

  2. amit says:

    Unable to install ethereumjs-testrpc

    Getting error as

    npm ERR! Linux 4.2.0-27-generic
    npm ERR! argv “/usr/bin/nodejs” “/usr/bin/npm” “install” “-g” “ethereumjs-testrpc”
    npm ERR! node v6.10.0
    npm ERR! npm v3.10.10
    npm ERR! code ECONNRESET

    npm ERR! network tunneling socket could not be established, statusCode=407
    npm ERR! network This is most likely not a problem with npm itself
    npm ERR! network and is related to network connectivity.
    npm ERR! network In most cases you are behind a proxy or have bad network settings.
    npm ERR! network
    npm ERR! network If you are behind a proxy, please make sure that the
    npm ERR! network ‘proxy’ config is set properly. See: ‘npm help config’

    npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
    npm ERR! /home/****/npm-debug.log

  3. Josh says:

    Getting an error when attempting to run ‘truffle init’:

    Error: getaddrinfo ENOTFOUND

    I am behind a proxy. I have updated npm’s config to use the proxy, but I don’t see anywhere to do the same from within truffle. (Does truffle have its own proxy config like this?)

  4. troy_007 says:

    when i will run “truffle migrate” it shows me this error.
    How can i resolve this ?? please help.

    m@m:~/myproject$ truffle migrate
    Error: Cannot find module ‘truffle-expect’
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:485:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:437:25)
    at Module.require (module.js:513:17)
    at require (internal/module.js:11:18)
    at Object. (/usr/lib/node_modules/truffle/build/cli.bundled.js:85773:14)

  5. blackbutler says:

    Do I require some front end build to :
    or it is inbuilt in truffle:
    I m facing error when firing truffle build
    >Error building:

    No build configuration specified. Can’t build.

    can anyone provide a guide to that too if any.

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