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Date of last update: September 14, 2022

Hyperledger Besu for private networks

You can use Besu to develop enterprise applications requiring secure, high-performance transaction processing in a private network.

A private network is a network not connected to Ethereum Mainnet or an Ethereum testnet. Private networks typically use a different chain ID and proof of authority consensus (QBFT, IBFT 2.0, or Clique).

You can also create a local development network using proof of work (Ethash).

Besu supports enterprise features including privacy and permissioning.

Get started with the Developer Quickstart to rapidly generate local blockchain networks.


The following diagram outlines the high-level architecture of Besu for private networks.

Private architecture

If you have any questions about Besu for private networks, contact us on the Besu channel on Hyperledger Discord.