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Warning! ORC is alpha software and is still a highly experimental test network! Be smart, keep backups, and stay safe out there!


Pull the image from Docker Hub.

docker pull orcproject/orc

Create a data directory on the host.

mkdir ~/.config/orcd

If you are running ORC for the first time, mount the data directory and run it normally.

docker run --volume ~/.config/orcd:/root/.config/orcd orcproject/orc

This will generate a fresh configuration and setup the data directory. Modify the created configuration at ~/.config/orcd/config as desired (see the Configuration Guide) and send SIGINT to the process (Ctrl+C). If you want to provide storage capacity to the network, be sure to set your desired allocation for ShardStorageMaxAllocation.

Once you are finished, run the ORC container again, but expose the API to the host, mount the data directory, allocate a pseudo TTY, detach the process, and tell docker to keep it running (even starting automatically on system boot).

docker run \
  --publish \
  --volume ~/.config/orcd:/root/.config/orcd \
  --restart always \
  --tty --detach orcproject/orc

Once the container has started, you can use use the guide for Using the REST API to interact with it! You can watch your logs with tail -f ~/.config/orcd/orcd.log.

See the docker run documentation for more information. If you prefer to install ORC manually, see the guide for Manual Installation. Once installed, simply run orcd with an optional configuration file using the --config <path/to/config> option.

Automatic Security Updates

When running the ORC server installation with Docker, you can configure your node to periodically check for updates and automatically download the latest image and restart your node to make sure you are always running the latest stable release. Since you already have Docker installed, pull the image for Watchtower and run it.

docker pull v2tec/watchtower
docker run -d --name watchtower -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock v2tec/watchtower

Now, Watchtower will check for the latest stable images for running containers and automatically update them.


To hack on the ORC project, clone this repository and use Docker Compose:

git clone
cd orc
docker-compose up --force-recreate --build

This will volume mount the the appropriate directories for development, and then boots up a complete sandboxed ORC network, including a complete sandboxed Tor network and once bootstrapped, binds port 9089 to the host for full end-to-end testing. The development container does not persist state between runs. Note that stable releases are tagged and the master branch may contain unstable or bleeding-edge code.

Happy hacking!



ORC - Distributed Anonymous Cloud
Copyright (C) 2017 Counterpoint Hackerspace, Ltd.
Copyright (C) 2017 Gordon Hall

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