How does one install eos using npm, without going the route of docker image install? In other words, is there a workaround for installing without using the following docker command: docker pull eosio/eos-dev?

  • are you just looking for an alternative to docker or an alternative way to install and still use docker?
    – Don
    Sep 14, 2018 at 23:27
  • is there an alternative to docker install, Sep 15, 2018 at 20:51
  • @user2243 If the answer below solved your issue, please mark it as accepted. Thanks!
    – Don
    Oct 15, 2018 at 21:56

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You can't install eosio using npm.

If you're looking for an alternative way to install & run a development environment using Docker you can follow the instructions for Docker-compose below. You can also choose a different build option altogether, I've added one below the Docker instructions:

git clone https://github.com/EOSIO/eos.git --recursive --depth 1

cd eos/Docker

docker build . -t eosio/eos

The above will build off the most recent commit to the master branch by default. If you would like to target a specific branch/tag, you may use a build argument. For example, if you wished to generate a docker image based off of the v1.0.0 tag, you could do the following:

docker build -t eosio/eos:v1.0.0 --build-arg branch=v1.0.0

By default, the symbol in eosio.system is set to SYS. You can override this using the symbol argument while building the docker image.

docker build -t eosio/eos --build-arg symbol=ABC

Start nodeos docker container only

docker run --name nodeos -p 8888:8888 -p 9876:9876 -t eosio/eos nodeosd.sh -e arg1 arg2

By default, all data is persisted in a docker volume. It can be deleted if the data is outdated or corrupted:

$ docker inspect --format '{{ range .Mounts }}{{ .Name }} {{ end }}' nodeos fdc265730a4f697346fa8b078c176e315b959e79365fc9cbd11f090ea0cb5cbc

$ docker volume rm fdc265730a4f697346fa8b078c176e315b959e79365fc9cbd11f090ea0cb5cbc

Alternately, you can directly mount host directory into the container

docker run --name nodeos -v /path-to-data-dir:/opt/eosio/bin/data-dir -p 8888:8888 -p 9876:9876 -t eosio/eos nodeosd.sh -e arg1 arg2

Get chain info


Start both nodeos and keosd containers

docker volume create --name=nodeos-data-volume

docker volume create --name=keosd-data-volume

docker-compose up -d

If you are looking for an alternative to Docker altogether there are several build options available with instructions on the dev documentation site

After cloning the repo:

Run the build script from the eos folder.

cd eos


After the script has completed, install EOSIO


For ease of contract development, content can be installed in the /usr/local folder using the make install target. This step is run from the build folder. Adequate permission is required to install.

cd build

sudo make install

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