# Production Environment

This document explains how to set up your environment for running a production-quality full node. For the moment, this guide has only been tested against RPM-based Linux distributions.


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

# 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 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 database which can be used for monitoring the environment. This port is not opened in the default configuration.

# 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

# 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.

# 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