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Deploy Node on Mainnet

Deploying a node on mainnet is similar to deploying on testnet:

  1. Create your mainnet wallet
  2. Deploy your mainnet staking pool
  3. Build and run your mainnet validator node

1. Create your mainnet Wallet#

2. Deploy your mainnet Staking Pool#

You can instantly deploy the staking pool with near-cli, using the command near call:

near call poolv1.near create_staking_pool '{"staking_pool_id":"<POOL_ID>", "owner_id":"<OWNER_ID>", "stake_public_key":"<VALIDATOR_KEY>", "reward_fee_fraction": {"numerator": <X>, "denominator": <Y>}}' --account_id <OWNER_ID> --amount 30 --gas 300000000000000

The command will invoke the staking-pool-factory from NEAR Core Contracts, passing the following parameters:

  • poolv1.near is the staking pool factory
  • POOL_ID is the name of your validator (and the staking pool associated with it)
  • OWNER_ID is the wallet that controls the pool, see the owner-only methods for more information
  • VALIDATOR_KEY is the validator node public key, from the file ~/.near/validator_key.json
  • {"numerator": <X>, "denominator": <Y>} set the validator fees. x=10 and y=100 equals to 10%
  • --amount 30 attaches 30 $NEAR to the transaction to pay the contract storage
  • --gas 300000000000000 specifies the amount of gas for the transaction (optional)
Heads Up:

If your POOL_ID is "buildlinks", the staking pool factory will deploy a contract called "buildlinks.poolv1.near", and your node will appear in the Explorer as "buildlinks.poolv1.near"

3. Build and run your mainnet validator node#

git clone
export NEAR_RELEASE_VERSION=$(curl -s | tr '/" ' '\n' | grep "[0-9]\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]" | head -n 1)
  • Go to the root directory and checkout the branch:
cd nearcoregit checkout $NEAR_RELEASE_VERSION
  • Build the binary using Makefile target (note that building with a cargo build --release is not sufficient to create fully optimised executable):
make neard
  • configure the chain-id and account-id:
target/release/neard init --chain-id="mainnet" --account-id=<YOUR_STAKING_POOL_ID>
  • After the build process is done, check that the configuration file located at /HOME_DIR/.near/config.json is the same as this mainnet config.json.

  • Now, start your node with the following command:

target/release/neard run
  • Or you can start your node without the JSON RPC endpoint by running the above command with an additional flag --disable-rpc. With the --disable-rpc flag present, node won’t start the HTTP server offering the JSON RPC endpoint. This reduces resource use and attack vector by closing a listening port.

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