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7nodes Example

Set Up

Start the 7nodes sample network by following the instructions in 7nodes Set Up.

Demonstrating Privacy

The 7nodes example comes with some simple contracts to demonstrate the privacy features of Quorum.

In this demo we will:

  • Send a private transaction between nodes 1 and 7
  • Show that only nodes 1 and 7 are able to view the initial state of the contract
  • Have Node 1 update the state of the contract and, once the block containing the updated transaction is validated by the network, again verify that only nodes 1 and 7 are able to see the updated state of the contract


Constellation or Tessera is used to enable the privacy features of Quorum. To start a Quorum node without its associated privacy transaction manager, set PRIVATE_CONFIG=ignore when starting the node.

Sending a private transaction

Send an example private contract from Node 1 to Node 7 (this is denoted by the Node 7’s public key passed via privateFor: ["ROAZBWtSacxXQrOe3FGAqJDyJjFePR5ce4TSIzmJ0Bc="] in private-contract.js):

./ private-contract.js
Make note of the TransactionHash printed to the terminal.

Inspecting the Quorum nodes

We can inspect any of the Quorum nodes by using geth attach to open the Geth JavaScript console. For this demo, we will be inspecting Node 1, Node 4 and Node 7.

It is recommended to use separate terminal windows for each node we are inspecting. In each terminal, ensure you are in the path/to/7nodes directory, then:

  • In terminal 1 run geth attach ipc:qdata/dd1/geth.ipc to attach to node 1
  • In terminal 2 run geth attach ipc:qdata/dd4/geth.ipc to attach to node 4
  • In terminal 3 run geth attach ipc:qdata/dd7/geth.ipc to attach to node 7

To look at the private transaction that was just sent, run the following command in one of the terminals:

where you should replace this hash with the TransactionHash that was previously printed to the terminal. This will print something of the form:
  blockHash: "0x4d6eb0d0f971b5e0394a49e36ba660c69e62a588323a873bb38610f7b9690b34",
  blockNumber: 1,
  from: "0xed9d02e382b34818e88b88a309c7fe71e65f419d",
  gas: 4700000,
  gasPrice: 0,
  hash: "0xe28912c5694a1b8c4944b2252d5af21724e9f9095daab47bac37b1db0340e0bf",
  input: "0x58c0c680ee0b55673e3127eb26e5e537c973cd97c70ec224ccca586cc4d31ae042d2c55704b881d26ca013f15ade30df2dd196da44368b4a7abfec4a2022ec6f",
  nonce: 0,
  r: "0x4952fd6cd1350c283e9abea95a2377ce24a4540abbbf46b2d7a542be6ed7cce5",
  s: "0x4596f7afe2bd23135fa373399790f2d981a9bb8b06144c91f339be1c31ec5aeb",
  to: null,
  transactionIndex: 0,
  v: "0x25",
  value: 0

Note the v field value of "0x25" or "0x26" (37 or 38 in decimal) which indicates this transaction has a private payload (input).

Checking the state of the contract

For each of the 3 nodes we’ll use the Geth JavaScript console to create a variable called address which we will assign to the address of the contract created by Node 1. The contract address can be found in two ways:

  • In Node 1’s log file: 7nodes/qdata/logs/1.log
  • By reading the contractAddress param after calling eth.getTransactionReceipt(txHash) (Ethereum API documentation) where txHash is the hash printed to the terminal after sending the transaction.

Once you’ve identified the contract address, run the following command in each terminal:

> var address = "0x1932c48b2bf8102ba33b4a6b545c32236e342f34"; //replace with your contract address 

Next we’ll use eth.contract to define a contract class with the simpleStorage ABI definition in each terminal:

> var abi = [{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"storedData","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"x","type":"uint256"}],"name":"set","outputs":[],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"get","outputs":[{"name":"retVal","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"inputs":[{"name":"initVal","type":"uint256"}],"type":"constructor"}];
> var private = eth.contract(abi).at(address)

The function calls are now available on the contract instance and you can call those methods on the contract. Let’s start by examining the initial value of the contract to make sure that only nodes 1 and 7 can see the initialized value.

  • In terminal window 1 (Node 1):
    > private.get()
  • In terminal window 2 (Node 4):
    > private.get()
  • In terminal window 3 (Node 7):
    > private.get()

So we can see nodes 1 and 7 are able to read the state of the private contract and its initial value is 42. If you look in private-contract.js you will see that this was the value set when the contract was created. Node 4 is unable to read the state.

Updating the state of the contract

Next we’ll have Node 1 set the state to the value 4 and verify only nodes 1 and 7 are able to view the new state.

In terminal window 1 (Node 1):

> private.set(4,{from:eth.accounts[0],privateFor:["ROAZBWtSacxXQrOe3FGAqJDyJjFePR5ce4TSIzmJ0Bc="]});
You can check the log files in 7nodes/qdata/logs/ to see each node validating the block with this new private transaction. Once the block containing the transaction has been validated we can once again check the state from each node 1, 4, and 7.

  • In terminal window 1 (Node 1):
    > private.get()
  • In terminal window 2 (Node 4):
    > private.get()
  • In terminal window 3 (Node 7):
    > private.get()
    And there you have it; all 7 nodes are validating the same blockchain of transactions, the private transactions carrying only a 512 bit hash on-chain, and only the parties to private transactions being able to view and update the state of private contracts.


Node Permissioning is a feature in Quorum that allows only a pre-defined set of nodes (as identified by their remotekey/enodes) to connect to the permissioned network.

In this demo we will:

  • Set up a network with a combination of permissioned and non-permissioned nodes in the cluster
  • Look at the details of the permissioned-nodes.json file
  • Demonstrate that only the nodes that are specified in permissioned-nodes.json can connect to the network

Verify only permissioned nodes are connected to the network.

Attach to the individual nodes via geth attach path/to/geth.ipc and use admin.peers to check the connected nodes:

❯ geth attach qdata/dd1/geth.ipc
Welcome to the Geth JavaScript console!

instance: Geth/v1.7.2-stable/darwin-amd64/go1.9.2
coinbase: 0xed9d02e382b34818e88b88a309c7fe71e65f419d
at block: 1 (Mon, 29 Oct 47909665359 22:09:51 EST)
 datadir: /Users/joel/jpm/quorum-examples/examples/7nodes/qdata/dd1
 modules: admin:1.0 debug:1.0 eth:1.0 miner:1.0 net:1.0 personal:1.0 raft:1.0 rpc:1.0 txpool:1.0 web3:1.0

> admin.peers
    caps: ["eth/63"],
    id: "0ba6b9f606a43a95edc6247cdb1c1e105145817be7bcafd6b2c0ba15d58145f0dc1a194f70ba73cd6f4cdd6864edc7687f311254c7555cc32e4d45aeb1b80416",
    name: "Geth/v1.7.2-stable/darwin-amd64/go1.9.2",
    network: {
      localAddress: "",
      remoteAddress: ""
    protocols: {
      eth: {
        difficulty: 0,
        head: "0xc23b4ebccc79e2636d66939924d46e618269ca1beac5cf1ec83cc862b88b1b71",
        version: 63

You can also inspect the log files under qdata/logs/*.log for further diagnostics messages around incoming / outgoing connection requests. grep for ALLOWED-BY or DENIED-BY. Be sure to enable verbosity for p2p module.

Permissioning configuration

Permissioning is granted based on the remote key of the geth node. The remote keys are specified in the permissioned-nodes.json and is placed under individual node’s <datadir>.

The below sample permissioned-nodes.json provides a list of nodes permissioned to join the network (node ids truncated for clarity):

   "enode://[email protected]:30301",
   "enode://[email protected]:30302",
   "enode://[email protected]:30303"

Enabling/Disabling permissions

An individual node can enable/disable permissioning by passing the -permissioned command line flag. If enabled, then only the nodes that are in the <datadir>/permissioned-nodes.json can connect to it. Further, these are the only nodes that this node can make outbound connections to as well.

--permissioned          If enabled, the node will allow only a defined list of nodes to connect

Next steps

Additional samples can be found in quorum-examples/examples/7nodes/samples for you to use and edit. You can also create your own contracts to help you understand how the nodes in a Quorum network work together.

Take a look at Creating a Network From Scratch for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own Quorum network.