Full Node Setup

This document describes how to set up a full Encointer node. A full node is a node that validates the entire blockchain history. Interacting with a full node you run yourself is the most secure and most privacy-preserving way to interact with the Encointer network.

HW requirements

Full nodes can be run on very affordable HW. The minimum requirements are

  • 1TB NVMe SSD
  • 16GB RAM (8GB currently works, but is not recommended)
  • CPU won't matter much, but go for maximum single-core performance rather than many cores.

OS requirements

In the following, we'll assume you're using ubuntu 22.04

Install dependencies

The recommended way to setup a full node is to start with the ansible setup provided by w3f.

Should you wish to do it manually, we'll redirect you to the polkadot docs

systemd service

We assume you'd like to use your node for rpc queries from outside and monitor it with prometheus

Description=Encointer Kusama Collator


ExecStart=/home/encointer/encointer-kusama/encointer-collator \
  --rpc-cors all \
  --name <a name that will appear in telemetry>> \
  --telemetry-url 'wss://telemetry.polkadot.io/submit 1' \
  --base-path <your large volume> \
  --state-pruning archive \
  --blocks-pruning archive \
  --chain=encointer-kusama \
  --rpc-methods=Unsafe \
  --prometheus-external \
  --enable-offchain-indexing true \
    -- \
  --sync=warp \
  --chain kusama \
  --prometheus-external \
  --base-path <your large volume> \