Quick Start

Create demo app

$ embark demo
$ cd embark_demo

Start a blockchain node or let Embark start it for you

Note: starting in Embark 3.1, the command embark run will automatically start a blockchain node if one isn’t already running. You may, therefore, skip this step.

You can run a REAL ethereum node for development purposes:

$ embark blockchain

Alternatively, to use an ethereum rpc simulator simply run:

$ embark simulator

By default Embark blockchain will mine a minimum amount of ether and will only mine when new transactions come in.

If you want, you can skip this step, as embark run, build and upload now all start a blockchain node in a separate process if there is not one already started using the same configurations.

Start Embark

Then, in another command line:

$ embark run

This will open up the embark Dashboard


The dashboard will tell you the state of your contracts, the environment you are using, and what Embark is doing at the moment.

available services

Available Services will display the services available to your dapp in green. If a service is down, then it will be displayed in red.

logs and console

There is a console at the bottom which can be used to interact with contracts or with Embark itself. Type help to see a list of available commands. More commands will be added with each version of Embark.

Embark will then compile & deploy the contracts, update their JS bindings and deploy your DApp to a local server at http://localhost:8000

without the dashboard

if you prefer to only see the logs, you can disable the dashboard with the nodashboard option embark run --nodashboard

Note that if you update your code, it will automatically be re-deployed, contracts included. There is no need to restart embark, refreshing the page on the browser will do.

Interacting with contracts in Javascript

Embark will automatically take care of deployment for you and set all
needed JS bindings. For example, the contract below:

// app/contracts/simple_storage.sol
contract SimpleStorage {
  uint public storedData;

  function SimpleStorage(uint initialValue) {
    storedData = initialValue;

  function set(uint x) {
    storedData = x;
  function get() constant returns (uint retVal) {
    return storedData;

Will automatically be available in Javascript as:

// app/js/index.js
import SimpleStorage from 'Embark/contracts/SimpleStorage';

SimpleStorage.methods.get().call().then(function(value) { console.log(value) });
SimpleStorage.methods.storedData().call().then(function(value) { console.log(value) });