The Tezos blockchain¶
Tezos is a distributed consensus platform with meta-consensus capability.
Tezos not only comes to consensus about the state of its ledger, like Bitcoin or Ethereum. It also attempts to come to consensus about how the protocol and the nodes should adapt and upgrade.
Tezos.com contains more information on Tezos overall.
Octez is an implementation of Tezos software, including a node, a client, a baker, an accuser, and other tools, distributed with the Tezos economic protocols of Mainnet for convenience. The source code is placed under the MIT Open Source License, and is available at https://gitlab.com/tezos/tezos.
The current release of Octez is Version 15.1.
For installing instructions, see How to get Tezos.
The website of the Tezos Foundation.
Tezos Agora is the premier meeting point for the community.
Several community-built block explorers are available:
https://tzkt.io (Baking focused explorer)
https://arronax.io (Analytics-oriented explorer)
https://baking-bad.org (Baking rewards tracker)
https://better-call.dev (Smart contracts explorer)
A few community-run websites collect useful Tezos links:
https://www.tezos.help (resources classified by their kind: organisations, block explorers, wallets, etc.)
https://tezoscommons.org/ (featured resources classified by approach: technology, developing, contributing, etc.)
https://tezos.com/developer-portal/ (resources for developers of applications built on Tezos)
More resources can be found in the Technical Support page.
The Tezos network is the current incarnation of the Tezos blockchain. It runs with real tez that have been allocated to the donors of July 2017 fundraiser (see Getting keys for fundraiser accounts).
The Tezos network has been live and open since June 30th 2018.
All the instructions in this documentation are valid for Mainnet however we strongly encourage users to first try all the introduction tutorials on some test network to familiarize themselves without risks.
There are several test networks for the Tezos blockchain with a faucet to obtain free tez (see Faucets). These networks are intended for developers wanting to test their software before going to beta and for users who want to familiarize themselves with Tezos before using their real tez.
See the list of test networks in test network.
This website (https://tezos.gitlab.io/) provides online technical documentation. This documentation is about Octez, although it also documents Tezos in general.
The technical documentation is an integral part of the Octez repository, and is automatically generated from the master branch, following Docs as Code best practices.