Install and Instantiate

This tutorial requires the latest builds for hyperledger/fabric-baseimage, hyperledger/fabric-peer and hyperledger/fabric-orderer. Rather than pull from Docker Hub, you can compile these images locally to ensure they are up to date. It is up to the user how to build the images, although a typical approach is through vagrant. If you do choose to build through vagrant, make sure you have followed the steps outlined in setting up the development environment. Then from the fabric directory within your vagrant environment, execute the make peer-docker and make orderer-docker commands.

Start the network of 2 peers, an orderer, and a CLI

Navigate to the fabric/docs directory in your vagrant environment and start your network:

docker-compose -f docker-2peer.yml up

View all your containers:

# active and non-active
docker ps -a

Get into the CLI container

Now, open a second terminal and navigate once again to your vagrant environment.

docker exec -it cli bash

You should see the following in your terminal:


Create and join channel from the remote CLI

From your second terminal, lets create a channel by the name of “myc”:

peer channel create -c myc -o orderer:5005

This will generate a genesis block - myc.block - and place it into the same directory from which you issued your peer channel create command. Now, from the same directory, direct both peers to join channel - myc - by passing in the genesis block - myc.block - with a peer channel join command:

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer0:7051 peer channel join -b myc.block
CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer1:7051 peer channel join -b myc.block

Install the chaincode on peer0 from the remote CLI

From your second terminal, and still within the CLI container, issue the following command to install a chaincode named mycc with a version of v0 onto peer0.

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer0:7051 peer chaincode install -n mycc -p -v v0

Instantiate the chaincode on the channel from the remote CLI

Now, still within the cli container in your second terminal, instantiate the chaincode mycc with version v0 onto peer0. This instantiation will initialize the chaincode with key value pairs of [“a”,”100”] and [“b”,”200”].

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer0:7051 peer chaincode instantiate -o orderer:5005 -C myc -n mycc -p -v v0 -c '{"Args":["init","a","100","b","200"]}'

Continue operating within your second terminal for the remainder of the commands

Query for the value of “a” to make sure the chaincode container has successfully started

Send a query to peer0 for the value of key "a":

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer0:7051 peer chaincode query -C myc -n mycc -v v0 -c '{"Args":["query","a"]}'

This query should return “100”.

Invoke to make a state change

Send an invoke request to peer0 to move 10 units from “a” to “b”:

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer0:7051 peer chaincode invoke -C myc -n mycc -v v0 -c '{"Args":["invoke","a","b","10"]}'

Query on the second peer

Issue a query against the key “a” to peer1. Recall that peer1 has successfully joined the channel.

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer1:7051 peer chaincode query -C myc -n mycc -v v0 -c '{"Args":["query","a"]}'

This will return an error response because peer1 does not have the chaincode installed.

Install on the second peer

Now add the chaincode to peer1 so that you can successfully perform read/write operations.

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer1:7051 peer chaincode install -n mycc -p -v v0
Note: The initial instantiation applies to all peers in the channel, and is affected upon any peer that has the chaincode installed. Therefore, we installed the chaincode on peer0 in order to execute the instantiate command through it.
Now that we want to access the chaincode on peer1, we must install the chaincode on peer1 as well. In general, a chaincode has to be installed only on those peers through which the chaincode needs to be accessed from. In particular, the chaincode must be installed on any peer receiving endorsement requests for that chaincode.

Query on the second peer

Now issue the same query request to peer1.

CORE_PEER_ADDRESS=peer1:7051 peer chaincode query -C myc -n mycc -v v0 -c '{"Args":["query","a"]}'

Query will now succeed.

What does this demonstrate?

  • The ability to invoke (alter key value states) is restricted to peers that have the chaincode installed.
  • Just as state changes due to invoke on a peer affects all peers in the channel, the instantiate on a peer will likewise affect all peers in the channel.
  • The world state of the chaincode is available to all peers on the channel - even those that do not have the chaincode installed.
  • Once the chaincode is installed on a peer, invokes and queries can access those states normally.