# Register your Terra validator
This is a detailed step-by-step guide for setting up a Terra validator. Please be aware that while it is easy to set up a rudimentary validating node, running a production-quality validator node with a robust architecture and security features requires an extensive setup.
Block42 has put together an excellent step-by-step guide (opens new window) for setting up a new validator.
This guide starts with the following assumptions:
- You have installed the Terra Full Node Software.
- You have connected your node to an existing network.
- You have configured your node properly.
- You know your way around terrad.
# Retrieve the consensus PubKey of your node
The consensus PubKey (
terravalconspub-) of your node is required to create a new validator. Run:
terrad tendermint show-validator
# Create a new validator
To create the validator and initialize it with a self-delegation, run the following command.
key-name is the name of the private key that is used to sign transactions.
terrad tx staking create-validator \ --amount=5000000uluna \ --pubkey=$(<your-consensus-PubKey>) \ --moniker="<your-moniker>" \ --chain-id=<chain_id> \ --from=<key-name> \ --commission-rate="0.10" \ --commission-max-rate="0.20" \ --commission-max-change-rate="0.01" \ --min-self-delegation="1"
When you specify commission parameters, the
commission-max-change-rate is measured as a percentage-point change of the
commission-rate. For example, a change from 1% to 2% is a 100% rate increase, but the
commission-max-change-rate is measured as 1%.
# Confirm your validator is active
If running the following command returns something, the validator is active.
terrad query tendermint-validator-set | grep "$(terrad tendermint show-validator)"
You are looking for the
address in the
Only the top 130 validators in voting power are included in the active validator set.