This document describes how to install an Aeternity node using a release binary either by:

Quick install

Run below command to install latest version of aeternity node and follow the instructions:

bash <(curl -s

While this method is the easiest one it is not recommended for production systems.

Tarball Install

In order to install an Aeternity node from a tarball, you need to:

Retrieve release tarball

The release binaries are published on GitHub and are tested on the following platforms:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (x86-64);
  • macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 (x86-64).

Install dependencies

Package dependencies are:

Ubuntu dependencies

Supported Ubuntu version is 18.04.

The package requires libssl and libsodium v1.0.16 as shared object/library. Ubuntu 18.04 ships with libssl 1.1 and libsodium 1.0.16, thus it can be installed with apt package manager:

sudo apt-get install libsodium23 libssl1.1

macOS dependencies

Easiest way to install dependencies is using Homebrew:

brew update
brew install openssl libsodium

The macOS package has:

  • A hard dependency on OpenSSL v1.1 installed with Homebrew in its default path /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libcrypto.1.1.dylib;
  • A hard dependency on libsodium v1.0.19 installed with Homebrew in its default path /usr/local/opt/libsodium/lib/libsodium.26.dylib.

In case you have installed either of them in a non-default path, you could use symlink(s) to work around the issue. You can create those symlinks by running the following commands:

ln -s "$(brew --prefix openssl)"/lib/libcrypto.1.1.dylib /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libcrypto.1.1.dylib
ln -s "$(brew --prefix libsodium)"/lib/libsodium.26.dylib /usr/local/opt/libsodium/lib/libsodium.26.dylib

Deploy node

In the instructions below, the node is deployed in directory ~/aeternity/node: you may prefer to deploy the node in an alternative location by amending the instructions accordingly.

It is recommended that the partition where the node directory is has at least 100 GB free: this is needed for the chain and the log files.

Open a Terminal window or get to the command line. Create a directory and unpack the downloaded package (you need to amend the directory and/or file name of the package):

mkdir -p ~/aeternity/node
cd ~/aeternity/node
tar xf ~/Downloads/aeternity-<package_version>-macos-x86_64.tar.gz