Mastering Ethereum

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Mastering Ethereum is a book for developers, offering a guide to the operation and use of the Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, RootStock (RSK) and other compatible EVM-based open blockchains.

Reading this book

To read this book, open book.asciidoc and click on each chapter.

PDF Version

There is no PDF version available. While it is possible to produce one, and you may do so for personal use, please DO NOT publish a PDF. The publishers and the authors provide a very generous open license that allows anyone to read this book for free on GitHub. It is not convenient to read that way, but it is free. Convenience, in the form of a nicely packaged PDF, ebook or printed book, is what the publishers charge money for and what pays for the publishers and authors work. Just like buying bottled water instead of drinking from the tap, buying a printed copy, PDF or ebook pays for the packaging. If you publish a PDF copy, you are violating the license, as a PDF is a derivative form and the -ND part of the license means "no derivatives". Doing so makes publishers less likely to publish with open licenses.


The content status is "COMPLETE". The first edition of this book was published on December 1st, 2018. That edition is available in print and ebook format at many popular bookstores. It is tagged "first_edition_first_print" in the develop branch of this repository.

At this time, only bug fix requests are accepted. If you find a bug, start an issue or better yet, fix the problem with a pull request. We will start work on the second edition in late 2019.

Source and license

The first edition of this book, as printed and sold by O'Reilly Media, is available in this repository.

Mastering Ethereum is released under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license, which allows sharing the source code for personal use only. You may read this book for free. You may not create derivatives (such as PDF copies), or distribute the book commercially. The full terms of the license can be found here:

Creative Commons License

Mastering Ethereum by The Ethereum Book LLC and Gavin Wood is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

It is expected that the book will be released under a more permissive CC-BY-SA license within a year of publication.

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