# Interact with the blockchain

Now that you have a local IoTeX gateway node running in your terminal window (and simulating an entire testnet in itself), let's start interacting with it using ioctl command line client.

Point ioctl to your local gateway node:

ioctl config set endpoint localhost:14014 --insecure
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Check the blockchain current epoch, height, and other info:

$ ioctl bc info

Blockchain Node: localhost:14014
{
  "height": 126,
  "numActions": 126,
  "tps": 1,
  "tpsFloat": 0.0021198923
}
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Verify the balance of your account:

$ ioctl account balance dev-acc

io1a8r9fvu6e3vthfaqvnxlhc6eavsm6t8a2cwtud: 100000000000000000000000000000000000 IOTX
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