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Setup Collator Node

How do you setup an Collator Node?#

This guide covers how to set up a DataHighway Collator Node on the Tanganika Network.

Provisioning a server#

Provision an appropriately sized server from a reputable VPS provider, e.g.: Vultr, DigitalOcean, Linode, OVH, Contabo, Scaleway, Amazon AWS, etc.

We recommend a node with at least 4GB of RAM, and Ubuntu 18.04 x64. Other operating systems will require adjustments to these instructions.

SSH into the server.

Installing DataHighway and setting it up as a system service#

apt updateapt install -y gcc libc6-devapt install -y cmake pkg-config libssl-dev git clang libclang-dev

Prefetch SSH publickeys

ssh-keyscan -H >> ~/.ssh/known_hosts

Install rustup

curl -sSf | sh -s -- -ysource $HOME/.cargo/envexport PATH=$HOME/.cargo/bin:$PATH

Clone the DataHighway-DHX/DataHighway-Parachain repository

git clone DataHighway-Parachain

Checkout to latest release tag. At the time of updating this document, latest release was 3.6.0

git checkout v3.6.0

Build packages

curl -sSf | bash -s -- --fast && \./scripts/

To start your collator node you need to use the same binary that was used to start the first collator node, which has been stored in the $fullprojectpath/res/kusama/datahighway-collator.tar.gz.

Unzip that file into the root directory of the DataHighway-DHX/DataHighway-Parachain

gunzip -c ./res/kusama/datahighway-collator.tar.gz | tar xopf -mv datahighway-collator ./res/kusama

Set up the node as a system service.#

To do this, navigate into the root directory of the DataHighway-DHX/DataHighway-Parachain repo and execute the following to create the service configuration file. Replace the values for keys starting with $ to suit your own collator node

{  echo '[Unit]'  echo 'Description=DataHighway'  echo '[Service]'  echo 'Type=simple'  echo 'WorkingDirectory=$fullprojectpath'  echo 'ExecStart=$fullprojectpath/res/kusama/datahighway-collator --collator --base-path $fullprojectpath/.local/share/datahighway-collator --chain $fullprojectpath/res/kusama/kusama-parachain-raw.json --name $nameofyourcollatornode  --force-authoring --port 40333 --rpc-port 9933 --ws-port 9744 --bootnodes $dhxbootnode --unsafe-ws-external --unsafe-rpc-external --rpc-cors=all --rpc-methods=Unsafe -- --execution wasm --chain $fullprojectpath/res/kusama/kusama.json --port 30333 --ws-port 9944'  echo '[Install]'  echo ''} > /etc/systemd/system/datahighway.service


  • $dhxbootnode = Request it from our DHX admins via Discord, Telegram, or Twitter
  • $fullprojectpath = needs to be the full path to your DataHighway-Parachain project which you cloned. eg:
  • $nameofyourcollatornode = name of your collator node with the --name option which will be shown on telemetry (if supported), eg:
--name "My collator"

Double check that the config has been written to /etc/systemd/system/datahighway.service correctly.

cat /etc/systemd/system/datahighway.service

Each time you change the service file you need to reload it

systemctl daemon-reload

Then enable the service so it runs on startup, and then try to start it now:

systemctl enable datahighwaysystemctl start datahighway

Check the status of the service:

systemctl status datahighway

You should see the Tanganika parachain collator node connecting to Kusama relay chain and other collator node peers and syncing the latest blocks. If you like to follow the log output, you can use:

journalctl -u datahighway.service -f

Generate and add your Aura session keys (author ID) for your collator node to sign blocks with on Tanganika:

$fullprojectpath/res/kusama/datahighway-collator key insert --base-path $fullprojectpath/.local/share/datahighway-collator --chain $fullprojectpath/res/kusama/kusama-parachain-raw.json --scheme Sr25519 --suri $youraurasecretseed --key-type aura

Set Session Keys#

DataHighway is using Collator Selection pallet for registering collators.

  1. Go to the Tanganika Polkadot.js portal: Developer > Extrinsic
  2. Select your collator account and extrinsic type: session / setKeys
  3. Enter the session keys and set proof to 0x00
  4. Submit the transaction.

Register as a Collator candidate#

To start collating, you need to have 10 DHX tokens

  1. Go to the Tanganika Polkadot.js portal: Developer > Extrinsic
  2. Select your collator account and extrinsic type: CollatorSelection / registerAsCandidate
  3. Submit the transaction.

Onboarding takes place at n+1 session. Once your collator is active, you will see your collator inside Network tab every time you produce a block. You will also see your collator in Network > Collators.