To use most Truffle commands, you need to run them against an existing Truffle project. So the first step is to create a Truffle project.
You can create a bare project template, but for those just getting started, you can use Truffle Boxes, which are example applications and project templates. We'll use the MetaCoin box, which creates a token that can be transferred between accounts:
Create a new directory for your Truffle project:
mkdir MetaCoin cd MetaCoin
Download ("unbox") the MetaCoin box:
truffle unbox metacoin
Note: You can use the
truffle unbox <box-name>command to download any of the other Truffle Boxes.
Note: To create a bare Truffle project with no smart contracts included, use
Note: You can use an optional
--forceto initialize the project in the current directory regardless of its state (e.g. even if it contains other files or directories). This applies to both the `init` and `unbox` commands. Be careful, this will potentially overwrite files that exist in the directory.
Once this operation is completed, you'll now have a project structure with the following items: