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Esocial Browser

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The Esocial browser is the tool of choice to browse and use Ðapps.

For the Esocial API see the

Please note that this repository is the Electron host for the Meteor based wallet dapp whose repository is located here:

Help and troubleshooting

Please check the Esocial troubleshooting guide.

Or the Discord Channel, to connect with the community for instant help.


If you want to install the app from a pre-built version on the release page, you can simply run the executeable after download.

For updating simply download the new version and copy it over the old one (keep a backup of the old one if you want to be sure).

Config folder

The data folder for Esocial is stored in other places:

  • Windows %APPDATA%\Esocial
  • macOS ~/Library/Application\ Support/Esocial
  • Linux ~/.config/Esocial


For development, a Meteor server will need to be started to assist with live reload and CSS injection. Once a Esocial version is released the Meteor frontend part is bundled using the meteor-build-client npm package to create pure static files.


To run esocial in development you need:

  • Node.js v7.x (use the prefered installation method for your OS)
  • Meteor javascript app framework
  • Yarn package manager
  • Electron v1.7.9 cross platform desktop app framework
  • Gulp build and automation system

Install the latter ones via:

$ curl | sh
$ curl -o- -L | bash
$ yarn global add electron@1.7.9
$ yarn global add gulp


Now you're ready to initialise Esocial for development:

$ git clone
$ cd esocial
$ yarn

To update Esocial in the future, run:

$ cd esocial
$ git pull
$ yarn

Run Esocial

For development we start the interface with a Meteor server for autoreload etc. Start the interface in a separate terminal window:

$ cd esocial/interface && meteor --no-release-check

In the original window you can then start Esocial with:

$ cd esocial
$ yarn dev:electron

NOTE: client-binaries (e.g. gesc) specified in clientBinaries.json will be checked during every startup and downloaded if out-of-date, binaries are stored in the config folder

NOTE: use --help to display available options, e.g. --loglevel debug (or trace) for verbose output

Run the Wallet

Start the wallet app for development, in a separate terminal window:

$ cd esocial/interface && meteor --no-release-check

// and in another terminal

$ cd my/path/meteor-dapp-wallet/app && meteor --port 3050

In the original window you can then start Esocial using wallet mode:

$ cd esocial
$ yarn dev:electron --mode wallet

Connecting to node via HTTP instead of IPC

This is useful if you have a node running on another machine, though note that it's less secure than using the default IPC method.

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc http://localhost:9545

Passing options to Gesc

You can pass command-line options directly to Gesc by prefixing them with --node- in the command-line invocation:

$ yarn dev:electron --mode esocial --node-rpcport 19343 --node-networkid 2

The --rpc Esocial option is a special case. If you set this to an IPC socket file path then the --ipcpath option automatically gets set, i.e.:

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc /my/gesc.ipc the same as doing...

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc /my/gesc.ipc --node-ipcpath /my/gesc.ipc

Creating a local private net

See this guide to quickly set up a local private network on your computer:

Using Esocial with a privatenet

To run a private network you will need to set the IPC path, network id and data folder:

$ yarn dev:electron --rpc ~/Library/Ethereum/gesc.ipc --node-networkid 1234 --node-datadir ~/Library/Ethereum/privatenet

NOTE: since ipcpath is also a Esocial option you do not need to also include a --node-ipcpath option.

You can also launch gesc separately with the same options prior starting Esocial.


Our build system relies on gulp and electron-builder.


meteor-build-client bundles the meteor-based interface. Install it via:

$ npm install -g meteor-build-client

Furthermore cross-platform builds require additional electron-builder dependencies. On macOS those are:

// windows deps
$ brew install wine --without-x11 mono makensis

// linux deps
$ brew install gnu-tar libicns graphicsmagick xz

Generate packages

To generate the binaries for Esocial run:

$ gulp

To generate the ESocial Wallet (this will pack the one Ðapp from

$ gulp --wallet

The generated binaries will be under dist_esocial/release or dist_wallet/release.



To build binaries for specific platforms (default: all available) use the following flags:

// on mac
$ gulp --win --linux --mac

// on linux
$ gulp --win --linux

// on win
$ gulp --win

With the walletSource you can specify the Wallet branch to use, default is master:

$ gulp --wallet --walletSource develop

Options are:

  • master
  • develop
  • local Will try to build the wallet from [esocial/]../meteor-dapp-wallet/app

Note: applicable only when combined with --wallet


When building a binary, you can optionally skip some tasks — generally for testing purposes.

$ gulp --mac --skipTasks=bundling-interface,release-dist


Spits out the MD5 checksums of distributables.

It expects installer/zip files to be in the generated folders e.g. dist_esocial/release

$ gulp checksums [--wallet]


Tests are ran using Spectron, a runner built for Electron.

First make sure to build Esocial with:

$ gulp

Then run the tests:

$ gulp test

Note: Integration tests are not yet supported on Windows.




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