Register a 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.
For more information on setting up a validator, see additional resources.
- You have completed how to run a full Terra node, which outlines how to install, connect, and configure a node.
- You are familiar with Terrad.
- You have read through the validator FAQ
- You understand the different keys of a validator in the FAQ
1. Retrieve your PubKey
The Consensus PubKey of your node is required to create a new validator. Run:
_1--pubkey=$(terrad tendermint show-validator)
2. Create a new validator
In order for Terrad to recognize a wallet address it must contain tokens. For the testnet, use the faucet to send Luna to your wallet. If you are on mainnet, send funds from an existing wallet. 1-3 luna are sufficient for most setup processes.
To create the validator and initialize it with a self-delegation, run the following command.
key-name is the name of the Application Operator Key that is used to sign transactions.
_10terrad tx staking create-validator \_10--amount=5000000uluna \_10--pubkey=$(<your-consensus-PubKey>) \_10--moniker="<your-moniker>" \_10--chain-id=<chain_id> \_10--from=<key-name> \_10--commission-rate="0.10" \_10--commission-max-rate="0.20" \_10--commission-max-change-rate="0.01" \_10--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%.
3. Confirm your validator is active
If running the following command returns something, your validator is active:
_1terrad 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.
4. Secure your keys and have a backup plan
Protecting and having a contingency backup plan for your keys will help mitigate catastrophic hardware or software failures of the node. It is a good practice to test your backup plan on a testnet node in case of node failure.