Connect to a Node

To use Acala EVM, you need to connect to an Acala Node. You can either

  1. connect to a deployed test network (maintained by Acala) OR

  2. run a local Acala test node

1. Connect to a deployed test network

Find all available testnet nodes here. You can use Polkadot Explorer to communicate with the node, and EVM Playground to deploy and execute contracts.

2. Run a local Acala test node

Alternatively, you can run a local test node. To run your own node, you need to have installed Docker on your machine. If you don’t have it installed, please follow the instructions here.

To check whether Docker is successfully installed run the command below:

docker version

If you receive the version number, you can start your local Acala node with the command below:

docker pull acala/acala-node:latest
docker run -it -p 9944:9944 -p 9933:9933 acala/acala-node:latest --dev --ws-external --rpc-external --rpc-cors=all

The output of your node should look like this:

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