A Go Implementation of the Polkadot Host¶
Gossamer is an implementation of the Polkadot Host: a framework used to build and run nodes for different blockchain protocols that are compatible with the Polkadot ecosystem. The core of the Polkadot Host is the wasm runtime which handles the logic of the chain.
Gossamer includes node implementations for major blockchains within the Polkadot ecosystem and simplifies building node implementations for other blockchains. Runtimes built with Substrate can plug their runtime into Gossamer to create a node implementation in Go.
Gossamer Docs is an evolving set of documents and resources to help you understand Gossamer, the Polkadot ecosystem, and how to build and run nodes using Gossamer.
If you are new to Gossamer and the Polkadot ecosystem, we recommend starting with this video and then working your way through General Resources.
If you are already familiar with Gossamer and the Polkadot ecosystem, or you just want to dive in, head over to Get Started to run your first node using Gossamer.
If you are looking to build a node with Gossamer, learn how Gossamer can be used to build and run custom node implementations using Gossamer as a framework (keep reading).
Gossamer is a modular blockchain framework used to build and run nodes for different blockchain protocols within the Polkadot ecosystem.
The simplest way to use the framework is using the base node implementation with a custom configuration file (see Configuration).
The more advanced way to use the framework is using the base node implementation with a compiled runtime and custom runtime imports (see Import Runtime).
Our primary focus has been an initial implementation of the Polkadot Host. Once we feel confident our initial implementation is fully operational and secure, we will expand the Gossamer framework to include a runtime library and other tools and services that will enable Go developers to build, test, and run custom-built blockchain protocols within the Polkadot ecosystem.
Let us know if you have any feedback or ideas that might help us improve our documentation or if you have any resources that you would like to see added. If you are planning to use Gossamer or any of the Gossamer packages, please say hello! You can find us on Discord.