Octez & Protocol overview¶
Octez, bundled with the Tezos protocol, is a complete implementation of the Tezos blockchain.
Tezos is a distributed consensus platform with meta-consensus capability. This means that Tezos not only comes to consensus about the state of its ledger, like Bitcoin or Ethereum. It also attempts to come to consensus about how the protocol and the nodes should adapt and upgrade.
Tezos is backed up by a vibrant Tezos community, which may also be contacted for technical support when needed.
Octez includes a node, a client, a baker, an accuser, and other tools, distributed with the Tezos economic protocols of Mainnet for convenience. The source code is placed under the MIT Open Source License, and is available at https://gitlab.com/tezos/tezos.
This website contains technical documentation about both Octez and the Tezos protocol.
The current release of Octez is Version 19.1.
For installing instructions, see Installing Octez.
Mainnet & Test Networks¶
The Tezos network, called
mainnet, is the current incarnation of the Tezos blockchain.
It runs with real tez that have been allocated to the
donors of July 2017 fundraiser (see Getting keys for fundraiser accounts).
It has been live and open since June 30th 2018.
All the instructions in this documentation are valid for Mainnet however we strongly encourage users to first try all the introduction tutorials on some test network to familiarize themselves without risks.
There are several test networks for the Tezos blockchain with faucets to obtain free tez. These networks are intended for developers wanting to test their software before going to beta and for users who want to familiarize themselves with Tezos before using their real tez.