Using the Substrate node and module setup scripts

Learn how to use the substrate-up scripts to create new runtimes and modules using prepackaged templates.

The following scripts allow you to set-up ready-to-hack Substrate runtimes node and modules.


The substrate-node-new script downloads a compressed copy of the Substrate node template codebase and compiles it. This gives you a ready-to-hack Substrate node with a template runtime module.

To use the substrate-node-new script,

  1. First, install Substrate using curl -sSf | bash. This installation also adds the Substrate scripts to the system path so that you can call them from anywhere.
  2. Run substrate-node-new command with the following parameters,
substrate-node-new <node-name> <author>


<node-name> is the name for your substrate runtime. This is a required parameter.

<author> is the name of the author of this node runtime. This is optional.

Once you run the substrate-node-new command, it will take a few minutes (depending on your hardware) to finish compilation.


Once you have your local node up and running using the substrate-node-new script, you can add more modules to your runtime using the substrate-module-new script.

The substrate-module-new script creates a new runtime module based on a template. This gives you a ready-to-hack runtime module with all necessary imports, entry-points and sample tests. We recommend using this script to create new modules, specially for users who are just getting started with Substrate, as it also gives you good information on how a typical Substrate runtime module is structured.

To use the substrate-module-new script,

  1. Make sure you have Substrate installed, have a local runtime created using substrate-node-new.
  2. cd into the node runtime directory
  3. Run substrate-module-new command with the following parameters,
substrate-module-new <module-name> <author>


<module-name> is the name for your new module. This is a required parameter.

<author> is the name of the author of this module. This is optional.

This will create a new file named <module-name>.rs inside runtime/src sub-directory in your node runtime directory. Make sure you add references to this module in the file of your node runtime.

For example, if you create a module as,

substrate-module-new mymodule myname

Then add the following line in the to have this module initialized in your runtime,

mod mymodule;

Further, implement the module trait for your module in the

impl mymodule::Trait for Runtime { 
    // add required types here
    type Event = Event;

Finally, add this module to the construct_runtime macro in,

    pub enum Runtime with Log(InternalLog: DigestItem<Hash, Ed25519AuthorityId>) where
        Block = Block,
        NodeBlock = opaque::Block,
        UncheckedExtrinsic = UncheckedExtrinsic
        System: system::{default, Log(ChangesTrieRoot)},
        Timestamp: timestamp::{Module, Call, Storage, Config<T>, Inherent},
        Consensus: consensus::{Module, Call, Storage, Config<T>, Log(AuthoritiesChange), Inherent},
        Aura: aura::{Module},
        Indices: indices,
        Balances: balances,
        Sudo: sudo,
        MyModule: mymodule::{Module, Call, Storage, Event<T>},