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Setting Up a Node

First, download the binary and give it executable permissions. Make sure to replace the VERSION with the latest version passed in a governance software upgrade proposal and the platform (-linux-amd64) with the one you need.

wget -O /usr/local/bin/zetacored

chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/zetacored

Check out the GitHub for more information on releases (opens in a new tab).

Check that you have the correct version of zetacored installed:

zetacored version
NetworkChain ID
zetacored init MONIKER --chain-id zetachain_7000-1

Replace MONIKER with a name for your node. By default the node will be initialized in $HOME/.zetacored, but you can customize this with the --home flag.

Fetch and save config files in the data directory:

wget -O ~/.zetacored/config/genesis.json
wget -O ~/.zetacored/config/client.toml
wget -O ~/.zetacored/config/config.toml
wget -O ~/.zetacored/config/app.toml

Even though the config files you fetched in the previous step already contain all the required values common for all nodes, you will need to make some adjustments specific to your node.

If your machine has an external IPv4 address you can get it by running the command in your terminal:

curl -4

If you have an IPv6 address, you can use that as an external address.

Replace the moniker and external address with correct values.

moniker = "{MONIKER}"
external_address = "{YOUR_EXTERNAL_IP_ADDRESS_HERE}:26656"

To better manage the resources of your nodes, we recommend setting some limits on the maximum number of open file descriptors (nofile) and maximum number of processes (nproc).

Edit /etc/security/limits.conf to include or modify the following parameters:

*       soft    nproc   262144
*       hard    nproc   262144
*       soft    nofile  262144
*       hard    nofile  262144

Edit /etc/sysctl.conf to include the following:


From the cosmos docs (opens in a new tab):

cosmovisor is a process manager for Cosmos SDK application binaries that automates application binary switch at chain upgrades. It polls the upgrade-info.json file that is created by the x/upgrade module at upgrade height, and then can automatically download the new binary, stop the current binary, switch from the old binary to the new one, and finally restart the node with the new binary.

From Source

go install[email protected]
mv $(go env GOPATH)/bin/cosmovisor /usr/local/bin/cosmovisor

From Precompiled Binaries

Download the correct binary from the cosmovisor v1.5.0 release (opens in a new tab). For example:

tar xf cosmovisor-v1.5.0-linux-arm64.tar.gz
mv cosmovisor /usr/local/bin

Create cosmovisor Directories

mkdir -p ~/.zetacored/cosmovisor/genesis/bin
mkdir -p ~/.zetacored/cosmovisor/upgrades

Install the Current zetacored Binary

Find the current zetacored binary as specific in setup. Place it in ~/.zetacored/cosmovisor/genesis/bin rather than $PATH.

Create Non-Root User Account

We recommend running ZetaChain binary files with a user account rather than as root.

useradd -m -s /bin/bash zetachain

This is needed to store ZetaChain binary and configuration files.

sudo su zetachain
mkdir /home/zetachain/.zetacored/config

Configure a Systemd Unit File

Create the file /etc/systemd/system/zetacored.service with the following contents:

Description=zetacored (running under cosmovisor)
ExecStart=cosmovisor run start --home /home/zetachain/.zetacored/ --log_format json  --moniker <YOUR_NODE_NAME_HERE>

In this example, we have set DAEMON_ALLOW_DOWNLOAD_BINARIES=true. This instructs cosmovisor to automatically download the new binaries specified in the upgrade proposal. This would fail if the Github API is down. We suggest keeping this feature enabled, but preloading and validating any new binaries before the upgrade to minimize risk. If you have already preloaded the binaries, none will be downloaded. Read more about cosmovisor Auto-Download here (opens in a new tab).

Run systemctl daemon-reload to load the service.

Run systemctl enable --now zetacored to start the service and to automatically start it at boot.

Follow the #testnet-announcements (opens in a new tab) and/or #mainnet-announcements (opens in a new tab) channels on discord to receive upgrade proposal notifications.

Download the new binaries from the github release and install them into the cosmovisor upgrade directory. The name of the directory must match the upgrade name. The upgrade name is not the the release name on github. Reference the Governance Upgrade Proposals page to easily see the upgrade names. Here are some examples:

Upgrade Namezetacored Pathgit tag

After installing the binary, you should:

  • validate the checksum is correct
  • run zetacored version to validate that you can actually run the downloaded binary

In a production environment we recommend monitoring the node resources (CPU load, Memory Usage, Disk usage and Disk IO) for any performance degradation.

zetacored generates logs that can be monitored for errors and used for troubleshooting. If you install zetacored as a Systemd service using the instructions above you can view logs with journalctl -f -u zetacored.


Prometheus can be enabled to serve metrics which can be consumed by Prometheus collector(s). Telemetry include Prometheus metrics can be enabled in the app.toml file. See the Cosmos SDK Telemetry Documentation (opens in a new tab) for more information.

Enable Prometheus Metrics

To enable metrics, you'll have to make an adjustment in the node's config.toml file by setting the prometheus option to true:

sed -i 's/prometheus = false/prometheus = true/g' /home/zetachain/.zetacored/config/config.toml

To apply the modification, it’s necessary to restart the node. You should then have the capability to reach the tendermint metrics, which are set as the default on port port 26660: http://localhost:26660