HOW TO RUN A VALIDATOR NODE FOR TAIKO BLOCKCHAIN

HEADBOY
8 min readApr 4, 2023

Taiko Aims To Build A Secure, Decentralized, And Permissionless Rollup On Ethereum

We’d Be Looking To Maximize Our Efforts On The Blockchain By Running A Node On Their Askja Testnet To Be Eligible For Future Rewards

Heres A Step-By-Step Tutorial On How To Go About It

First Step: Order & Configure Your

Before Running A Node, You’d Be Needing To Rent A VPS & I’d Be Guiding You On How To Go About It

Click → HERE Order Your VPS

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Next Select CLOUD VPS M

Next Select 1 Month Rental Period, You Can Extend When Subscription Expires

Set Region As European Union (Germany)

Set Storage Type As 400 GB SSD

Next Image, Switch To Apps & Panels & Select Docker

5. Login & Password For Your Server

Click Generate Password, Copy & Save That Password As It Would Be Used To Access Your Terminal

For Networking & Add-Ons, Leave As Same & Click Next

Now If You’re A New Customer, Youd Charge A One time Set Up Fee & Youd Also Need To Fill In Your Necessary Details, If You’re An Old Customer Click I’m a Contabo Customer & Proceed To Check Out

Once it’s Done Click Next

Next Choose A Mode Of Payment, I.E Credit Card Input Details & Click Next, You should Receive A Order Status Mail Immediately

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Order Status

Next Email In 15Mins Should Contain Your Your VPS Details

Copy Your VPS IP Address

NB The Password For It Was The One We Generated On Contabo

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Now Lets Proceed ↓

→ For Windows Users

You’d Need To Download Putty Click HERE , Now Set Up & Install It & Launch The App, Let’s Configure It, Input Your IP Address Where You Have Host Name, Select SSH & Click Open

You should see a login interface, Username Root & Password Is The One We Generate At Contabo

When You Type The Password, You Won’t See It, So Type Correctly

You Should See A Contabo Welcome Message

MacOs Users

Go To Your Launchpad & Search For Terminal

Next Type The Following In The Terminal Window

ssh username@vps-ip-address

Replace Username With root

Replace Vps-ip-address With Your VPS Sent To Your Mail 158.220.113.10

Click Enter & Input Your Password Copied When Renting VPS, Password Won’t Be Visible Just Type & Click Enter

You should see this

If you’re facing any problem, Be sure to type the correct password

You’ve Gain Access To Your Server & You Have Permission To Write & Paste Commands

Follow My Steps, You Can Choose To Paste Or Cøpy Them

Second Step: PREPARATION

→ Let’s Update The Packages :

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

→ Next Install Prerequisites:

After Pasting This Code On The Terminal, You Should See A Prompt Saying Y/n Input Y & Click Enter

sudo apt install pkg-config curl git-all build-essential libssl-dev libclang-dev ufw

→ Install Taiko Node Docker

sudo apt-get install ca-certificates curl gnupg lsb-release

→ Let’s Add Docker’s Official GPG Key

sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg

→ Next Set Up The Repository

echo \
"deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu \
$(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null

→ Let’s Grant Read Permission For The Docker Public Key File

sudo chmod a+r /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
sudo apt-get update

→ Install Latest Version Using This Command

After Pasting, A Prompt Should Come Up (Y/n) input Y & Click Enter

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io docker-compose-plugin

If It’s Already Installed, Command Prompt Won’t Come Up

Next Install Docker Compose

After Pasting, A Prompt Should Come Up (Y/n) input Y & Click Enter

sudo apt install docker-compose

Now Verify If The Docker Installation Is Successful By Using This Command

sudo docker run hello-world

→ Let’s Check Docker Compose Version

docker-compose -v

→ Install Screen

sudo apt install screen

Next Create A New Session By Screen

Where <Your Session Name> Should Be Replaced With A Name Of Your Choice I.e HEADBOY

sudo screen -S <Your Session Name>

Then Use This Command

sudo screen -S taiko

Third Step: Account Set Up Alchemy & MetaMask

Visit Alchemy & Create A Free Account, Now Click Apps & Select Create App, Next Set Name As Taiko, Description As Alpha-2, Chain As Ethereum & Network As Sepolia & Click Create App

Go Back To Dashboard & Click VIEW KEY, & Copy Both The HTTPS & WEBSOCKETS

→ MetaMask Setup

NB: You’d be needing to create a fresh wallet that would be only utilized for taiko node, as we’d be exporting private keys

Now Visit MetaMask To Download MetaMask, Now Head To Settings & Click Create Account, Set Name & Click Create, Next Up Click The Three dot Area & Click On Account Details & Click On Export Private Key

Next Input MetaMask Password & Copy Your Private Key

● Let’s Add Network & Request Faucet

→ Add the Sepolia testnet

Visit https://chainid.network/, search for “Sepolia”, and click the “Add Chain” button.

→ Add The Taiko Testnet

Visit https://chainid.network/, search for “Taiko”, and click the “Add Chain” button.

FAUCET

Visit https://sepoliafaucet.com/, login into your account & Paste Your WalleT Address Then Click Send Me ETH

Fouth Step: NODE INSTALLATION

→ First Download The Node

git clone https://github.com/taikoxyz/simple-taiko-node.git
cd simple-taiko-node

→ Let’s Configure The Node

cp .env.sample .env

→ Let’s Edit The Configurations

nano .env

Next The Keys You Copied From Alchemy

Starting With Https:// & Wss

Paste Them Respectively Where You Have

L1_ENDPOINT_HTTP=

L1_ENDPOINT_WS=

Next Change The Following

ENABLE_PROVER= Prev False Now True

L1_PROVER_PRIVATE_KEY= Your MetaMask Private Key

Next Press Ctrl + X And Type Y Then Click Enter On Your Keyboard

→ Let’s Start The Node

docker compose up

You Can Check Alchemy, To Monitor The Status Of Your Node

Other Commands You Might Want To Explore

Ctrl and A + D to detach screen session.

→ Stop A Node

docker compose down

Remove a node

These Command Will Completely Remove The Node

docker compose down -vrm -f .env

Update a node

Update the simple-taiko-node Docker images:

docker compose pull

View all logs

docker compose logs -f

View the prover image’s logs

docker compose logs -f taiko_client_prover

View the L2 execution engine logs

docker compose logs -f l2_execution_engine

First Time Interaction On Taiko ZkEvm, Here A Some Other Interactions To Consider

→ Contract Deployment

Click → HERE

→ Testnet

Click → HERE

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