Counterparty Dependencies on Windows
Note: These instructions are for a 32-bit installation. This will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, and is the recommended approach.
- Python 3.5.x
- Python Win32 extensions (You must match the version with your Python version and install as an administrator, or you will get an error about missing DLL files later.)
- APSW 188.8.131.52-r1
- Pycrypto 2.6.1
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86)
- OpenSSL 1.1.0
- Git (Optional) (Select “Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt”.)
In order to install on Windows 10 x64:
- Install Python 3.5
- Install Visual C++ Build Tools 2015 (stick with the default option, Windows 8.1 SDK)
- Next install an APSW binary for your architecture (although you can probably build APSW from source - see the bottom of this page for build instructions). Use the same architecture as Python 3.5 that you have installed.
- Use pip to install counterparty-lib and counterparty-cli.
Usage and notes for Windows
If you install as system administrator, Counterparty binaries
counterparty-client.exe are installed to
C:\Python35\Scripts. This path can be manually added to the system
PATH variable for ease of use.
The default configuration files (for mainnet) can be used with testnet provided the
--testnet option is employed when starting service and running the CLI.
Alternatively, a different set of custom configuration files that contain
testnet=1 can be provided at runtime in order to use different access credentials for testnet and mainnet:
counterparty-server --config-file E:\testing\server.testnet.conf start counterparty-client --config-file E:\testing\client.testnet.conf wallet
Both Python and Counterparty code can be installed by non-admin users:
- Python 3.5 will be installed to C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Python\Python35\
- Counterparty executables will be installed to the Scripts subdirectory (example:
pip3 install --user counterparty-lib).
Counterparty “Federated Node” on Windows
The experimental Counterparty “Federated Node” for Windows based on Docker can be installed by following the official “Federated Node” install guide. counterparty-server and counterparty-client is sufficient for users who do not require local Counterwallet or Counterblock access.