How to Deploy a Node
A blockchain is replicated across thousands of computers, known as nodes. A node is a full record of a blockchain. Nodes are the backbone of a blockchain. They keep track of all transactions from one account to another.
Running your own node is useful and powerful. You can access transaction data, blockchain history and more.
Follow these steps to launch a dedicated node:
Please note: You won’t be charged until the very last step, so you’re free to cancel at any point before that without incurring any cost.
Step 1 – Browse Blockdaemon Marketplace
The first step in deploying a node is to visit the Blockdaemon Marketplace.
This is your blockchain storefront. Here you will find a full suite of hosted protocols to choose from.
Existing Blockdeamon customers
You can shortcut this process by following the steps below:
- Log in to your Blockdaemon account
- Select Nodes from the left-hand menu
- Click ‘Deploy a Node’
- Select the protocol you want to launch a node on
- Proceed to Step 4 – Choose Your Options
Step 2 – Choose Your Protocol
The next step is to choose the protocol/blockchain on which to deploy your node.
To select your protocol, scroll down the page until you find the entry (Ethereum in our case) and click Learn More.
This will take you to the Blockdaemon Marketplace page for your chosen protocol. Here you will see all available node configuration options.
Step 3 – Start the Launch Process
Now you’ve decided on your protocol, it’s time to start launching your node.
To start the process, click Launch Node. Don’t worry, this won’t kick anything off and you won’t be charged until the very end of the process
If you are already logged in, this will take you to the deployment page for your chosen protocol. In this case, we’re taken to Deploy an Ethereum Node.
Need to Log In to Your Blockdaemon Account?
If you aren’t already logged in, this will take you to the Blockdaemon login page. You can log in with Google or your Email address.
Don’t Have a Blockdaemon Account Yet?
If you don’t already have a Blockdaemon account, you can easily create one account here. They’re completely free to set up
Step 4 – Choose Your Options
There are a few options on the deployment page, these include:
- Software: Network
- Sofware: Node Type
- Server: Cloud Provider
You can change the node name and pre-selected options if required. However, for this example, we’re going to keep the default settings.
What if Your Options Are Not Available?
If your options are not available, get in touch with us directly. More advanced node configurations and validators are available this way.
Once you’ve selected the options, click ‘Proceed to checkout‘
The final step, all that’s left is to confirm your order and pay.
If you have a promotional code, now is the time to enter it, as well as your payment details.
Once you’re happy that your details are correct, click ‘Subscribe’ to pay and launch your node!
Step 6 – Node Detail Page
You will now be directed to your node detail page.
Here you will see the ‘Payment Successful’ pop-up.
As with all nodes, yours will need time to synchronize with the blockchain. A progress bar shows your Node Block Height as it synchronizes.
Note that synchronization time varies per protocol. If you’re concerned that is taking too long, your Node Detail Page contains information on when and how to contact support.
You’re Ready to Go
Congratulations. You have successfully launched a blockchain node with Blockdaemon.
Once the node is synchronised your node detail page will be updated to show:
- Connection info
- Monitoring & hosting info
- Helpful documentation including whitelisted API calls (for some protocols)