This document describes how to build an Aeternity node from source on:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • MacOS (latest)
  • Archlinux 20210404
  • openSUSE Leap 15.2

While the package should build on most linux distributions that's not verified (in CI) for each release on other than the below platforms:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • MacOS (latest)

The commands below assume you are logged in with sudo user.

The node have couple of main dependencies that have to be installed to build it from source:


Ubuntu 18.04/20.04

Update package database, packages and install the common tools and libraries:

sudo apt-get -qq update \
&& sudo apt-get -y upgrade \
&& sudo apt-get -qq -y install git autoconf build-essential cmake erlang libsodium-dev libgmp-dev


The easiest way to install package on MacOS is Homebrew, it can be installed by running:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Then install the build dependencies using the brew command:

brew update
brew install erlang@21 openssl libsodium autoconf gmp


Update package database, packages and install the common tools and libraries:

sudo pacman -Sy
sudo pacman -S git base-devel cmake ncurses erlang22-nox libsodium gmp

openSUSE Leap 15.2

sudo zypper install -t pattern devel_basis
sudo zypper install cmake gcc-c++ git erlang libsodium-devel gmp-devel


The source code of the Aeternity node can be obtained by cloning the public GitHub repository:

git clone aeternity_source && cd aeternity_source

NOTE: By default git will checkout the master (default) branch of the source code. To build a particular version it should be checkout first:

VERSION=X.Y.Z # set a particular version
git checkout tags/v${VERSION:?}

Production build

One can create a production build by running:

make prod-build

If prod-build went fine, configuration is in place, one should be able to navigate to the build artifacts directory and start the Aeternity node:

cd _build/prod/rel/aeternity/
bin/aeternity daemon

See operation documentation for more details.

Production package

Alternatively a production package similar to what is distributed via GitHub releases can be created by running:

make prod-package

Once the packaging is done, the package is created in the _build/prod/rel/aeternity/ directory, e.g. _build/prod/rel/aeternity/aeternity-X.Y.Z.tar.gz.

To deploy the package for example in ~/aeternity/node one should just unarchive it to that directory:

mkdir -p ~/aeternity/node
tar xf _build/prod/rel/aeternity/aeternity-*.tar.gz -C ~/aeternity/node

Then start the node in background mode:

~/aeternity/node/bin/aeternity daemon

See operation documentation for more details.