# Installation

This is for setting up a full node, a resource-intensive process that requires a persistent server. If you're just trying to use Terra blockchain without downloading the entire blockchain, you're probably looking for Terra Station (opens new window).

# Hardware Requirements

We recommend the following for running Terra Core:

  • 2 or more CPU cores
  • At least 1TB of disk storage
  • At least 16GB of memory
  • At least 100mbps network bandwidth

# Building Terra Core

# Step 1. Install Golang

Go v1.13.1 or higher is required for Terra Core.

If you haven't already, install Golang by following the official docs (opens new window). Make sure that your GOPATH and GOBIN environment variables are properly set up.

# Step 2: Get Terra Core source code

Use git to retrieve Terra Core from the official repo (opens new window), and checkout the master branch, which contains the latest stable release. That should install the terrad and terracli binaries.

git clone https://github.com/terra-money/core
cd core
git checkout v0.4.6

# Step 3: Build from source

You can now build Terra Core. Running the following command will install executables terrad (Terra node daemon) and terracli (CLI for interacting with the node) to your GOPATH.

make install

# Step 4: Verify your installation

Verify that everything is OK. If you get something like the following, you've successfully installed Terra Core on your system.

terrad version --long
terracli version --long
name: terra
server_name: terrad
client_name: terracli
version: 0.3.0-24-g3684f77
commit: 3684f77faadf6cf200d18e15763316d5d9c5a496
build_tags: netgo,ledger
go: go version go1.13.4 darwin/amd64

# Production Environment


This guide only covers general settings for a production-level full node. You can find further details on considerations for operating a validator node in our Validator Guide

For the moment, this guide has only been tested against RPM-based Linux distributions.

# Increase Maximum Open Files

terrad can open more than 1024 files (which is default maximum) concurrently. You wil want to increase this limit.

Modify /etc/security/limits.conf to raise the nofile capability.

*                soft    nofile          65535
*                hard    nofile          65535

# Create a Dedicated User

terrad does not require the super user account. We strongly recommend using a normal user to run terrad. However, during the setup process you'll need super user permission to create and modify some files.

# Firewall Configuration

terrad uses several TCP ports for different purposes.

  • 26656 is the default port for the P2P protocol. This port is opened in order to communicate with other nodes, and must be open to join a network. However, it does not have to be open to the public. For validator nodes, we recommend configuring persistent_peers and closing this port to the public.

  • 26657 is the default port for the RPC protocol. This port is used for querying / sending transactions. In other words, this port needs to be opened for serving queries from terracli. It is safe to NOT to open this port to the public unless you are planning to run a public node.

  • 1317 is the default port for Lite Client Daemon (LCD), which can be executed by terracli rest-server. LCD provides HTTP RESTful API layer to allow applications and services to interact with your terrad instance through RPC. Check the Terra REST API (opens new window) for usage examples. You don't need to open this port unless you have use of it.

  • 26660 is the default port for interacting with the Prometheus (opens new window) database which can be used for monitoring the environment. This port is not opened in the default configuration.

# Running Server as a Daemon

It is important to keep terrad running at all times. There are several ways to achieve this, and the simplest solution we recommend is to register terrad as a systemd service so that it will automatically get started upon system reboots and other events.

# Register terrad as a service

First, create a service definition file in /etc/systemd/system.

# Sample file: /etc/systemd/system/terrad.service

Description=Terra Daemon

ExecStart=/data/terra/go/bin/terrad start



Modify the Service section from the given sample above to suit your settings. Note that even if we raised the number of open files for a process, we still need to include LimitNOFILE.

After creating a service definition file, you should execute systemctl daemon-reload and systemctl enable terrad

# Controlling the service

Use systemctl to control (start, stop, restart)

# Start
systemctl start terrad
# Stop
systemctl stop terrad
# Restart
systemctl restart terrad

# Accessing logs

# Entire log
journalctl -t terrad
# Entire log reversed
journalctl -t terrad -r
# Latest and continuous
journalctl -t terrad -f