Building a node

There are a number of paths to set up a FIO Node. This guide walks through several paths for different types of users. We encourage you to ask questions about block production, running an API node, and any other node-related questions in the FIO Mainnet Telegram channel to get information.

Manual Node installation

The following setup is for a manual FIO API Node installation directly in the OS.

Packages for Ubuntu 18.04

These are designed for quickly bringing up a node, and have systemd integration, logrotate, apparmor, compsec enabled, and have reasonable defaults in the config. They differ greatly from the packages Block One provides for EOSIO.

Set up

The FIO GPG signing key is available on keybase:

curl -s '' | gpg --import

Releases can be pulled either from the Github release page or the latest version is available at the following URLs:

curl -sO
curl -sO

Signature verification:

gpg --verify fioprotocol-3.0.x-latest-ubuntu-18.04-amd64.deb.asc fioprotocol-3.0.x-latest-ubuntu-18.04-amd64.deb

Should result in output similar to:

gpg: Signature made Thu 27 Aug 2020 08:22:06 PM UTC
gpg:                using RSA key 0CFEE764B06D009F7574A253C0E61F8441B6AAD4
gpg: Good signature from "FIO Security <[email protected]>" [unknown]
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: 0CFE E764 B06D 009F 7574  A253 C0E6 1F84 41B6 AAD4

Install and configure

sudo apt install ./fioprotocol-3.0.x-latest-ubuntu-18.04-amd64.deb

Edit the settings for nodeos

sudo vi /etc/fio/nodeos/config.ini

P2P nodes are updated more frequently than the .deb package, if there are a large number of P2P nodes that are unreachable, it’s possible to get a list of healthy nodes from the FIO Mainnet Health page.

Enable nodeos daemon at runtime, and start:

sudo systemctl enable fio-nodeos
sudo systemctl start fio-nodeos

Sync status will show in the logs:

tail -f /var/log/fio/nodeos.log

V1 History

If the light-history (v1 history) feature is needed, add the following lines:

plugin = eosio::history_plugin
plugin = eosio::history_api_plugin
filter-on = *
filter-out = eosio:onblock:
history-per-account = 9223372036854775807
history-index-state-db-size-mb = 1000000
history-state-db-size-mb = 4000000

Validating your API Node

First, query get_info against your node and confirm the server_version_string shows the correct version.

Next, confirm some of the other FIO API getter calls.

There is also an advanced FIO table browsing tool called Cryptonym that is useful for testing. You can download Cryptonym from the Blockpane repository.

Enabling fio-wallet (optional, usually not used on a full node)

Most users won’t need to run the fio-wallet (keosd) wallet, which can set to run as a system-controlled daemon running under apparmor confinement, or as a dynamically launched daemon for each user when using the clio wallet ... commands.

To enable keosd daemon at boot time, running under the fio account, and then start the daemon:

sudo systemctl enable fio-keosd
sudo systemctl start fio-keosd

When running under systemctl, the wallet files will be located in /var/lib/fio/eosio-wallet/fio-wallet (the location can be changed in /var/lib/fio/eosio-wallet/config.ini, but when starting via systemd apparmor will confine the daemon, possibly causing problems with file permissions.)

When dynamically launched via clio commands the wallet will default to $HOME/eosio-wallet