Running a validator on Phu Quoc Dog Network

Phu Quoc Dog
6 min readOct 7, 2021

This guide will instruct you on how to set up a Phu Quoc Doge validator node on Phu Quoc Dog networks (Testnet/Mainnet).

πŸ‘‰ Must Read Before Start.

Running a validator is a serious thing, you have a lot of responsibility for the staked tokens of you and nominators. You take the risk of losing your staked tokens as a slash might happen if your validator node is not properly configured. Please make sure you or your team have the necessary knowledge to run a validator node.

Polkadot Wiki has an awesome introduction of running a validator node on the Polkadot network. As a member of the Polkadot ecosystem, Phu Quoc Dog follows a similar process to run and setup a validator node. We may skip some basics steps in this tutorial.

πŸ›  Hardware Requirements

  • CPU β€” Recent released high end cpu, e.g. Intel 10700/Amd 5800X.
  • Memory β€” 32GB for Testnet, 64GB for Sakura and Mainnet.
  • Storage β€” 300GB SSD, Storage usage could increase by time, you might need to increase the capacity as the chain data grows..
  • OS: Linux, Debian/Ubuntu LTS distributions are recommended.

πŸ”§ Prepare Environment

Once you choose your cloud service provider and set-up your new server, the first thing you will do is install the necessary dependencies.

sudo apt install make clang pkg-config libssl-dev build-essential curl git

If you intend to build from source you need to install Rust first.

If you have already installed Rust, run the following command to make sure you are using the latest version.

rustup update

If not, this command will fetch the latest version of Rust and install it.

curl -sSf | sh -s -- -y

Add the required toolchains with rustup

source $HOME/.cargo/envrustup toolchain add nightly-2021-05-11rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown --toolchain nightly-2021-05-11rustup target add x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu --toolchain nightly-2021-05-11

Verify your installation.

rustc --version

Note β€” if you are using OSX and you have Homebrew installed, you can issue the following equivalent command INSTEAD of the previous one:

brew install cmake pkg-config openssl git llvm

Install & Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP) Client

NTP is a networking protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network. NTP allows you to synchronize the clocks of all the systems within the network. Currently it is required that validators’ local clocks stay reasonably in sync, so you should be running NTP or a similar service. You can check whether you have the NTP client by running:

If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 / 20.04, NTP Client should be installed by default.


If NTP is installed and running, you should see System clock synchronized: yes or a similar message. If you do not see it, you can install it by executing:

sudo apt-get install ntp

ntpd will be started automatically after install. You can query ntpd for status information to verify that everything is working:

sudo ntpq -p

βš™ Setup PhuQuoc Doge Validator Node

Currently, we only have PhuQuoc Doge Testnet(Quarks) and Phu Quoc Dog Mainnet(Bosons) launched. Phu Quoc Dog Testnet opens for validators to join. Phu Quoc Doge Mainnet operates in the NPOS mode and maintained by 6 nodes belongs to the Phu Quoc Dog Foundation.

Validator Configuration for Phu Quoc Dog Mainnet will be updated later once it’s ready for staking and validators can join.

Build from source

To build the Phuquocdog binary from the Node repository on GitHub using the source code available in the 1.0.1 release.

git clone node

Build native code with the cargo release profile.

cargo build --release

This step will take a while (generally 10–40 minutes, depending on your hardware).

Using a prebuilt

If you don’t want to build the binary from the source and simply prefer to download it, use the following command. Then continue at Synchronize Chain Data

curl -O -L -o phuquocdog-node

If your server running on ARM you need to download the file below

curl -O -L -o phuquocdog-node

Synchronize Chain Data

Download phuquocdog.json file for the Phuquocdog mainnet

cd $HOMEcurl -O -L

You can begin syncing your node by running the following commands if you do not want to start in validator mode right away:

chmod +x $HOME/phuquocdog-node$HOME/phuquocdog-node --chain $HOME/phuquocdog.json --validator --rpc-cors=all --bootnodes /ip4/ --name  PQD-G01 --base-path $HOME/data

Then the result should be like that

tranduythien@pqd-g01:~$ $HOME/phuquocdog-node --chain $HOME/phuquocdog.json --validator --rpc-cors=all --bootnodes /ip4/ --name  PQD-G01 --base-path $HOME/data2021-10-06 15:20:42 Phuquocdog Node2021-10-06 15:20:42 ✌️  version 3.0.0-d7a4013-x86_64-linux-gnu2021-10-06 15:20:42 ❀️  by Phu Quoc Dog <>, 2017-20212021-10-06 15:20:42 πŸ“‹ Chain specification: Phuquocdog Main Network2021-10-06 15:20:42 🏷 Node name: PQD-G012021-10-06 15:20:42 πŸ‘€ Role: AUTHORITY2021-10-06 15:20:42 πŸ’Ύ Database: RocksDb at /home/tranduythien/data/chains/phuquocdog_main_network/db/full2021-10-06 15:20:42 β›“  Native runtime: node-270 (phuquocdog-official-0.tx2.au10)2021-10-06 15:20:43 πŸ”¨ Initializing Genesis block/state (state: 0x4bba…5ae2, header-hash: 0xbbe6…1d84)2021-10-06 15:20:43 πŸ‘΄ Loading GRANDPA authority set from genesis on what appears to be first startup.2021-10-06 15:20:46 ⏱  Loaded block-time = 12s from block 0xbbe65b0d6c309386a01b852ce910965607a926ac8263c640559d783539851d842021-10-06 15:20:46 πŸ‘Ά Creating empty BABE epoch changes on what appears to be first startup.2021-10-06 15:20:46 🏷 Local node identity is: 12D3KooWCjogLMicHPuFwK63Cs8RUsLGKF97HeiiVhPi6aGSeWnx2021-10-06 15:20:46 πŸ“¦ Highest known block at #02021-10-06 15:20:46 〽️ Prometheus exporter started at 15:20:46 Listening for new connections on 15:20:46 πŸ‘Ά Starting BABE Authorship worker2021-10-06 15:20:47 πŸ” Discovered new external address for our node: /ip4/ 15:20:51 βš™οΈ  Syncing, target=#5909 (2 peers), best: #2815 (0xdfda…31d9), finalized #2560 (0xc10e…8950), ⬇ 266.0kiB/s ⬆ 4.1kiB/s2021-10-06 15:20:53 [#3967] πŸ—³  creating a snapshot with metadata SolutionOrSnapshotSize { voters: 5, targets: 4 }2021-10-06 15:20:53 [#3967] πŸ—³  Starting signed phase round 1.2021-10-06 15:20:54 [#4267] πŸ—³  Starting unsigned phase round 1 enabled true.2021-10-06 15:20:54 [#4268] πŸ—³  queued unsigned solution with score [153846153846, 46461538461537, 1550343195266213964497041421]2021-10-06 15:20:54 [4567] πŸ’Έ new validator set of size 3 has been processed for era 12021-10-06 15:20:56 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5731 (0xfb0c…e0b2), finalized #5632 (0x6685…972c), ⬇ 52.5kiB/s ⬆ 0.8kiB/s2021-10-06 15:21:01 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0.5kiB/s ⬆ 0.4kiB/s2021-10-06 15:21:06 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0.2kiB/s ⬆ 0.1kiB/s2021-10-06 15:21:11 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0 ⬆ 02021-10-06 15:21:16 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0 ⬆ 0.2kiB/s2021-10-06 15:21:21 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0.6kiB/s ⬆ 0.1kiB/s2021-10-06 15:21:26 πŸ’€ Idle (2 peers), best: #5909 (0x4ea9…8ba3), finalized #5767 (0xc2c2…48b8), ⬇ 0 ⬆ 0

Running a validator as a service

Prepare a phuquocdog.service file

[Unit]Description=Phuquocdog Mainnet Validator[Service]User=ubuntuGroup=ubuntuExecStart=/home/ubuntu/phuquocdog-node --chain /home/ubuntu/phuquocdog.json --validator --rpc-cors=all --bootnodes /ip4/ --name  PQD-G01 --base-path /home/ubuntu/dataRestart=on-failure[Install]

Run a validator as a service

sudo systemctl daemon-reloadsudo systemctl start phuquocdogsudo systemctl status phuquocdog

πŸ’Ή Bond PQD

Checkout Polkadot Bond documentation.

πŸ— Set the session keys

Checkout Polkadot Session Keys documentation.

🌠 Validate

Checkout Polkadot Validate documentation.

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