# Lotus

Lotus is a Filecoin implementation written by Protocol Labs, the creators of IPFS, libp2p, and Filecoin.

It is written in Go (opens new window) and it is actually a suite of command-line applications:

  • Lotus Node (lotus): a Filecoin Node: validates network transactions, manages a FIL wallet, can perform storage and retrieval deals.
  • Lotus Miner (lotus-miner): a Filecoin miner. See the the respective Lotus Miner section in the Mine documentation.
  • Lotus Worker (lotus-worker): a worker that assists miners to perform mining-related tasks. See its respective guide for more information.

The installation instructions are common to all three, but this section just focuses on getting started with the Lotus Node: installing, launching, syncing the chain and managing a Lotus wallet. Documentation on how to make storage deals using Lotus is available in the store section. Additional documentation is also available for miners and developers!

WARNING

Lotus is a command line application that works on Linux and MacOS only, and needs to be built from source. Users should be familiar with how command-line applications work.

# Getting started with Lotus

These are the main guides to switfly get started with Lotus:

Please check the side menu for additional guides!