Quickstart

Becoming a Public Representative (P-Rep)

P-Reps are the consensus nodes that produce, verify blocks and participate in network policy decisions on the ICON Network. To register and become a P-Rep will consist of the following three steps,

1. Install P-Rep tools (CLI for on-chain P-Rep operations)

2. Register as a P-Rep via P-Rep tools

3. Build MainNet P-Rep node

1. Install P-Rep Tools

Quick Install

$ virtualenv venv -p python3 # Create a python 3.6.5+ virtual environment.
$ source venv/bin/activate # Enter the virtual environment.
(venv) $ pip install preptools

Manual Install

For manual installation and P-Rep tool commands, see full documentation

2. Register via P-Rep Tools

(Registration fee is 2,000 ICX)

There are three ways supply P-Rep registration info to P-Rep Tools; using a json configuration file, using optional arguments, or using interactive command line.

(venv) $ cat registerPRep.json
{
"name": "banana node",
"country": "USA",
"city": "New York",
"email": "[email protected]",
"website": "https://icon.banana.com",
"details": "https://icon.banana.com/json",
"p2pEndpoint": "node.example.com:7100"
}
# Using json file
(venv) $ preptools registerPRep --prep-json registerPRep.json -k keystore
# Using optional argument and interactive command line
(venv) $ preptools registerPRep -k keystore --name "kokoa node" --email "[email protected]"
> Password:
> country : USA
> city : New York
> website : https://icon.kokoa.com
> details : https://icon.kokoa.com/json/details.json
> p2pEndpoint : node.example.com:7100
[Request] ======================================================================
{
"from_": "hxef73db5d0ad02eb1fadb37d0041be96bfa56d4e6",
"to": "cx0000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
"value": 2000000000000000000000,
"step_limit": 268435456,
"nid": 3,
"nonce": null,
"version": 3,
"timestamp": null,
"method": "registerPRep",
"data_type": "call",
"params": {
"name": "kokoa node",
"email": "[email protected]",
"country": "USA",
"city": "New York",
"website": "https://icon.kokoa.com",
"details": "https://icon.kokoa.com/json/details.json",
"p2pEndpoint": "node.example.com:7100"
}
}

See registerPRep command details

The "details" parameter is an external json file that holds additional information about the P-Rep. We strongly recommend that you register this information. Example,

{
"representative": {
"logo": {
"logo_256": "https://icon.foundation/img/img-256.png",
"logo_1024": "https://icon.foundation/img/img-1024.png",
"logo_svg": "https://icon.foundation/img/img-logo.svg"
},
"media": {
"steemit": "",
"twitter": "",
"youtube": "",
"facebook": "",
"github": "",
"reddit": "",
"keybase": "",
"telegram": "",
"wechat": ""
}
}, "server": {
"location": {
"country": "",
"city": ""
},
"server_type": "",
"api_endpoint": ""
}
}

3. Build MainNet P-Rep Node

Examples using Ubuntu 16.04+

Pre-requisites

The specifications below are recommended for main P-Reps (top 22). Sub P-Reps (outside of top 22) can run lower-end specs as they do not produce/validate blocks but only serve as citizen nodes. Current blockchain size is 153G as of this update (2020/3/17).

Hardware

Description

Minimum Specifications

Recommended Specifications

CPU model

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU @ 3.00GHz

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU @ 3.00GHz

vCPU (core)

16

36

RAM

32G

72G

Disk

200G

500G

Network

1Gbps

1Gbps

Software

OS Requirement

  • Linux (CentOS 7 or Ubuntu 16.04+)

Open Ports

  • TCP 7100: gRPC port used for peer-to-peer connection between peer nodes.

  • TCP 9000: JSON-RPC or RESTful API port serving application requests.

3.1 Install Docker

Docker 18.x+

## Update the apt package index:
$ sudo apt-get update
## Install necessary packages:
$ sudo apt-get install -y systemd apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg-agent software-properties-common
## Add Docker's official GPG key:
$ curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
## Add the apt repository
$ add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
## Update the apt package index:
$ sudo apt-get update
## Install docker-ce:
$ sudo apt-get -y install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io
## Add your user to the docker group with the following command.
$ sudo usermod -aG docker $(whoami)
## Set Docker to start automatically at boot time:
$ sudo systemctl enable docker.service
## Finally, start the Docker service:
$ sudo systemctl start docker.service
## Then we'll verify docker is installed successfully by checking the version:
$ docker version

3.2 Install Docker Compose

## Install python-pip
$ sudo apt-get install -y python-pip
## Then install Docker Compose:
$ sudo pip install docker-compose
## To verify the successful Docker Compose installation, run:
$ docker-compose version

3.3 Running a P-Rep Node Container using docker-compose

Create a file named docker-compose.yml in a text editor and add the following content:

version: "3"
services:
prep-node:
image: "iconloop/prep-node"
container_name: "prep-mainnet"
network_mode: host
restart: "always"
environment:
NETWORK_ENV: "mainnet"
LOG_OUTPUT_TYPE: "file"
SWITCH_BH_VERSION3: "10324749"
CERT_PATH: "/cert"
LOOPCHAIN_LOG_LEVEL: "DEBUG"
ICON_LOG_LEVEL: "DEBUG"
FASTEST_START: "yes" # Restore from lastest snapshot DB
PRIVATE_KEY_FILENAME: "YOUR_KEYSTORE or YOUR_CERTKEY FILENAME" # only file name
PRIVATE_PASSWORD: "YOUR_KEY_PASSWORD"
cap_add:
- SYS_TIME
volumes:
- ./data:/data # mount a data volumes
- ./cert:/cert # Automatically generate cert key files here
ports:
- 9000:9000
- 7100:7100

Run docker-compose

$ docker-compose up -d

The parameter provided FASTEST_START: "yes" will download the latest full-hour blockchain snapshot, and the remaining blocks will be synchronized automatically. You can check server status and current block height via this API: http://{YOUR_NODE_IP}:9000/api/v1/status/peer.

Citizen Node

Citizen nodes are non-producing nodes on the ICON network. A non-producing node is a node that is not configured to produce blocks, instead it is constantly synchronizing the latest blocks from the network and can be used for on-chain queries. Citizen nodes DO NOT require registration.

ICON node software is identical for P-Rep nodes and Citizen nodes, one can follow the same procedures to set up a P-Rep node, without registration, to operate a Citizen node.

Experiment on TestNet

TestNet Pagoda is available for node operation testing, you can experiment with this docker-compose template.

Pagoda Network Information

Name

Pagoda

Node

https://zicon.net.solidwallet.io

API endpoint

https://zicon.net.solidwallet.io/api/v3

Network ID (nid)

80

Tracker

https://zicon.tracker.solidwallet.io/

Transaction fee

on

SCORE audit

on

To receive test ICX, please send email to [email protected] with the following information.

  • Testnet node URL

  • Address to receive the testnet ICX. Address should start with hx followed by a 20-byte string.

Having Trouble?

For troubleshoots and other questions, please join ICON P-Rep MainNet or ICON P-Rep TestNet Telegram Channels.