Virtual Machines

Installation prerequisites

  • Linux and MacOS: Node.js 10.16.3 (recommended), Python (2.7), Curl, Make and Git.
  • Windows: Install the same as above within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Consult the official nodejs documentation for reference.

Installing Node.js for Linux and MacOS

Follow these steps to install Node.js in Linux and MacOS operating systems.

1. Open a terminal and execute:

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get -q install -y nodejs

2. Verify Node.js is installed with:

node --version

3. Install nvm (a version manager for node.js):

curl -s -o- | bash

4. Make the nvm command available in the current session:

export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/"  # This loads nvm

5. Verify that nvm is installed:

nvm --version


Note: Install Mallet only after verifying that nvm is installed and working.

Installing Mallet 2.0

1. Clone this repo to get the latest version of Mallet, and then install it with the npm command.

2. Clone the Mallet git repository

Open a terminal window and type:

git clone

3. Install specific node version for Mallet

After cloning the repository, execute:

cd mallet

cat .nvmrc


Then install the required node version:

nvm install 10.16.3
nvm use --silent

4. Download and install Mallet and its dependencies:

npm install --silent

5. Verify that Mallet was installed correctly

Check the integrity of the Mallet installation by using the version command:

./mallet --version


If the version number displays correctly, the installation was successful.

Create a HelloWorld smart contract

To deploy your smart contracts on the KEVM devnet and test Mallet, you will need to compile the Solidity code to KEVM (K - Ethereum virtual machine) bytecode. You can compile the bytecode directly with using solc.

1. Create a Solidity file

Create a myContract.sol file:

cat << EOF >myContract.sol
// SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT
pragma solidity >=0.5.1 <0.9.0;

contract HelloWorld {
  function helloWorld() external pure returns (string memory) {
    return "Hello, World!";

2. Compile with solc:

To compile with solc, you will need to use the Docker command. For this, first install the Docker Engine, then run:

docker run --rm -v $(pwd):/sources ethereum/solc:0.5.1 -o /sources --bin --abi /sources/myContract.sol

3. Verify that the compiled file exists:

If the file was correctly compiled, there should be a .bin file in your directory.

ls *.bin


Mallet 2.0

Mallet, the minimal wallet, is the command line interface (CLI) used to send transactions, deploy smart contracts, and interact with the IELE and KEVM devnets.

1. Connect to the KEVM devnet:

./mallet kevm -d ./data

Mallet 2.1.0 - IELE/KEVM devnet utility
Type 'help()' to view the online documentation or 'listCommands()' to view available commands

This will open a session in the read-eval-print-loop (Repl) environment for Node.js. Mallet commands are imported automatically.

Everything typed in the Repl has to be valid JavaScript. Technically speaking, the commands are simply functions and properties of Mallet object. However, we tend to refer to them as commands because that reflects how they are used.

Note: If you have problems installing any of the prerequisites (node or Mallet), contact the community in Slack: Join IOHK | Devnets on Slack

Using the faucet

1. Create an account

Create an account to use this faucet by using this code:

//execute inthe Mallet Repl
//mallet kevm -d ./my_data/
//mallet> .load ../test_smartcontract_deploy.js

myAccount = newAccount()

The newAccount command asks your password, and returns your new account address.

Note that we are assigning the return value of newAccount to a variable named myAccount so we can refer to it later.

2. Select an account

Activate the account we have just created by using this code:



3. Verify the balance of your new account

Since the account has just been created, its balance should be 0.


If you don't give any argument, this will return the balance of the selected account.

4. Request tokens from the faucet with requestFunds:


Fund transfer might take a few minutes.

You can now compile and deploy smart contracts as your account is created and funded.

5. Check the new balance in the account:


6. Bring the compiled smart contract into Mallet

Using the HelloWorld.bin created earlier you can import the smart contract into Mallet.

7. Import the fileSystem module:

fs = require("fs");

8. Read the contents of the binary file:

myContract = "0x" + fs.readFileSync('HelloWorld.bin', 'utf8');

Deploying smart contracts

Now that you have the bytecode from solc, the next step is simply to deploy it.

1. Prepare the transaction to deploy the contract:

tx = { gas: 470000, data: myContract}

2. Send a transaction with the smart contract:

deploymentHash = sendTransaction(tx)

This will return the tx hash on which the contract was deployed to.

3. View receipt

You can view transaction details with the following command:


4. Save your contract address

To save your contract address, create a variable that takes the return value of getReceipt():

myContractAddress = getReceipt(deploymentHash).contractAddress

Test your smart contract

web3.toAscii({to: myContractAddress, data: '0xc605f76c'}))

The expected output should contain "Hello, World!".

Getting help

The help command can be useful When running Mallet in the CLI. This command opens the Readme file in your default web browser:


Alternatively, Join IOHK | Devnets on Slack to obtain help from the community.

Last updated: December 17, 2020 08:00 UTC