Trying to learn anchor dev, following soldev.app. I have a problem, when I run anchor test, this is the error I get:

Unable to get the latest blockhash. The test validator does not look started. Check .anchor/test-ledger/test-ledger-log.txt for errors. Consider increasing [test.startup_wait] in Anchor.toml.

Ledger location: .anchor/test-ledger
Log: .anchor/test-ledger/validator.log
Error: failed to start validator: Failed to create ledger at .anchor/test-ledger: blockstore error

When I try to run solana-test-validator it works. In the Anchor.toml file cluster is set to localnet.

  • As the error says, Check .anchor/test-ledger/test-ledger-log.txt for errors. - please look inside the file to get a detailed error message!
    – mikemaccana
    Commented Jun 3 at 15:01

2 Answers 2


Run solana-test-validator in a separate terminal.

Then run anchor test --skip-local-validator whenever you wanna test your program.

You can create an alias if this gets tedious. e.g. alias anchortest="anchor test --skip-local-validator

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    The flag --skip-local-validator is so badly named because you pass it to anchor test to skip local validator, and yet anchor test requires solana-test-validator to run (in a separate terminal). Sounds like a prank! HAHA. Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 15:48
  • I'm joining to @Nawaz There must be a self validator in test environment. Commented Sep 8, 2023 at 13:58

In my case I had to add the following to my Anchor.toml file, above [scripts]:

startup_wait = 20000

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