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Mist Browser

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

For the Mist API see the MISTAPI.md.


If you want install the app from a pre-built version on the release page, you can simply run the executable 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 Mist is stored in other places:

  • Windows %APPDATA%\Mist

  • macOS ~/Library/Application Support/Mist

  • Linux ~/.config/Mist


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


To run mist in development you need:

  • Node.js v6.x (use the prefered installation method for your OS)

  • Meteor javascript app framework

  • Yarn package manager

  • Electron v1.3.13 cross platform desktop app framework

  • Gulp build and automation system

Install the later ones via:

$ curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh
$ curl -o- -L https://yarnpkg.com/install.sh | bash
$ yarn global add electron@1.3.13
$ yarn global add gulp


Now you're ready to initialize Mist for development:

$ git clone https://github.com/expanse-org/mist.git
$ cd mist
$ yarn

To update Mist in the future, run:

$ cd mist
$ git pull
$ yarn

Run Mist

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

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

In the original window you can then start Mist with:

$ cd mist
$ electron .

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client-binaries (e.g. geth) specified in clientBinaries.json will be checked during every startup and downloaded if out-of-date, binaries are stored in the config folder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

$ cd mist
$ 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.

$ electron . --rpc http://localhost:8545

Passing options to Gexp

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

$ electron . --mode mist --node-rpcport 19343 --node-networkid 2

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

$ electron . --rpc /my/gexp.ipc

...is the same as doing...

$ electron . --rpc /my/gexp.ipc --node-ipcpath /my/gexp.ipc

Using Mist with a privatenet

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

$ electron . --rpc ~/Library/Expanse/gexp.ipc --node-networkid 1234  --node-datadir ~/Library/Expanse/privatenet

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

You can also run gexp separately yourself with the same options prior to start Mist normally.


To create a binaries you need to install electron-builder dependencies:

// tools for the windows binaries
$ brew install wine --without-x11 mono makensis
// tools for the Linux binaries
$ brew install gnu-tar libicns graphicsmagick xz
// general dependencies
$ npm install -g meteor-build-client

To generate the binaries simply run:

$ cd mist
$ gulp

// Or to generate the wallet (using the https://github.com/expanse-org/meteor-dapp-wallet -> master)
$ gulp wallet

This will generate the binaries inside the dist_mist/release or dist_wallet/release folder.



Additional you can only build the windows, linux, mac or all binary by using the platform option:

$ gulp update-nodes --platform mac

// And
$ gulp mist --platform mac

// Or
$ gulp mist --platform mac,win

Options are:

  • mac (Mac OSX)

  • win (Windows)

  • linux (Linux)

  • all (default)


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

$ gulp mist --walletSource develop

Options are:

  • master

  • develop

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

mist-checksums | wallet-checksums

Spits out the SHA256 checksums of distributables.

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

$ gulp mist-checksums

3f726fff186b85c600ea2459413d0bf5ada2dbc98877764efbefa545f96eb975  ./dist_mist/release/Mist-0.8.1-ia32.exe
ab4d26d5ebc66e9aba0fa610071266bacbb83faacbb7ed0dd2acb24386190bdb  ./dist_mist/release/Mist-0.8.1.exe
909b0fb4c7b09b731b2a442c457747e04ffdd9c03b6edc06079ae05a46200d13  ./dist_mist/release/Mist-0.8.1-ia32.deb
e114d6188963dfdae0489abf4e8923da58b39ff9cdbaad26e803af27c7ce55d1  ./dist_mist/release/Mist-0.8.1.deb
930787dd2f5ed6931068bff9244bccc01f397f552c48ded0f08e515e276dd080  ./dist_mist/release/Mist-0.8.1.dmg

Code signing for production

As of #972 we've updated the build process and thus need to redo code-signing.


First make sure to build Mist with: gulp mist --platform [mac,linux] or gulp wallet --platform [mac,linux].

Then run gulp test-mist or gulp test-wallet, accordingly.

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