Web3 Setup

Web3 Setup

What is web3 ?

Web3 is a collection of JS libraries that lets you interact with an Ethereum node remotely or locally. Simply, it provides us with an API to use so we can easily work with the blockchain. Web3 works as a wrapper for JSON RPC to connect to a remote or local Ethereum node with either a HTTP or IPC connection.


npm install web3 var Web3 = require('web3'); var web3 = new Web3('http://localhost:8545'); // or var web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider('http://localhost:8545')); // change provider web3.setProvider('ws://localhost:8546'); // or web3.setProvider(new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider('ws://localhost:8546')); // Using the IPC provider in node.js var net = require('net'); var web3 = new Web3('/Users/myuser/Library/Ethereum/geth.ipc', net); // mac os path // or var web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.IpcProvider('/Users/myuser/Library/Ethereum/geth.ipc', net)); // mac os path // on windows the path is: "\\\\.\\pipe\\geth.ipc" // on linux the path is: "/users/myuser/.ethereum/geth.ipc

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