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Step-by-Step Guide: Setting Up a Shardeum Validator Node on Ubuntu VPS

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Shardeum Validator Guide

Step 1: Install Prerequisites

Open a Shell terminal on your Ubuntu VPS.

ssh username@your_server_ip 

Install package managers:

sudo apt-get install curl 

Update package managers:

sudo apt update 

Install Docker:

sudo apt install 

Check Docker version:

docker --version 

Install Docker Compose:

sudo curl -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose 

Set up permissions for Docker Compose:

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose 

Check Docker Compose version:

docker-compose --version 

Step 2: Download and Install Validator

Download and run the installer script:

curl -O && chmod +x && ./ 

Follow the prompts to configure your validator, including setting up the web-based dashboard, password, ports, and directory.

Step 3: Open Validator CLI

Navigate to the root directory:


Access the hidden Shardeum directory:

cd .shardeum 

Start the CLI:


Step 4: Open Validator GUI

While inside the shell script, run:

operator-cli gui start 

Open your web browser and go to:


Log in with the password set during setup.

Step 5: Start Validator

Go to the “Maintenance” page on the GUI, then click “Start Node” or use the CLI command:

operator-cli start 

Step 6: Monitor Validator

Check hardware performance on the “Performance” page in the GUI or using the CLI:

operator-cli status 

Step 7-9: Connect Wallet, Get SHM, Stake SHM to Validator

Follow the instructions provided in the documentation for connecting your wallet, obtaining SHM from the faucet, and staking SHM to the validator.

Step 10: Additional Steps (Optional)

Update Validator:

operator-cli update 

Uninstall Validator:

Be cautious with this step. It will remove the validator installation.

rm -rf .shardeum 
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Rohit Sen
Rohit Sen
A student of Indian Global Economics, Rohit found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
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