The quickest way to bootstrap a blockchain application with the Lisk SDK is explained here.


The following dependencies need to be installed to run the Lisk SDK:

Dependencies Version


v12 (latest)


Create a package.json file.

npm init --yes

Install the lisk-sdk package.

npm i lisk-sdk

Start the application

Create a new file index.js and paste the snippet below.

The lisk-sdk package contains the sample objects genesisBlockDevnet and configDevnet which enable the user to quickly spin up a development blockchain network. genesisBlockDevnet includes a set of preconfigured genesis delegates, that will immediately start forging on a single node to stabilize the network. configDevnet includes the configuration for the Devnet.

Both objects can be customized before passing them to the Application instance, if desired.

const { Application, genesisBlockDevnet, configDevnet } = require('lisk-sdk'); (1)

const app = Application.defaultApplication(genesisBlockDevnet, configDevnet); (2)

app (3)
	.then(() => app.logger.info('App started...'))
	.catch(error => {
		console.error('Faced error in application', error);
1 Import the Application, genesisBlockDevnet and configDevnet from the lisk-sdk package.
2 Creates a default application, which comes with all default modules.
3 Starts the application.

After saving the file with the above contents, start the application in the terminal as shown below:

node index.js

To verify the application start, check the log messages in the terminal. If the start was successful, the application will enable forging for all genesis delegates and will start to add new blocks to the blockchain every 10 seconds.

node start

After completing these steps, the default blockchain application of the Lisk SDK will now be running.

It is now possible to customize your application by registering new modules and plugins, and also adjusting the genesis block and config to suit your specific use case.