# Run a Full Node & Join a Public Network

Once you have installed the required software, you can run a full node, join one of the public networks (TestNet or MainNet) and try out becoming a validator.


Whenever you use und to send Txs or query the chain ensure you pass the correct data to the
--chain-id and if necessary --node flags so that you connect to the correct network!

# Contents

# Prerequisites

Before continuing, ensure you have gone through the following docs:

  1. Installing the software

# Initialising a New Node

Once installed, you will need to initialise your node:

und init [your_node_moniker]

[your_node_moniker] can be any identifier you like, but are limited to ASCII characters. For example:

und init MyAwesomeNode

Once initialised, you can edit your configuration in $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/config.toml and in $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/app.toml. See configuration reference for more details on the config file.


the default directory used by und is $HOME/.und_mainchain. This can be changed by passing the global --home flag to the und command, for example und start --home $HOME/.und_mainchain_TestNet.

# Genesis

The latest genesis for each network can always be found in their respective Github repos:

# Download the latest Genesis


Please ensure you download the correct genesis for the network you would like to join! Remember to change the output directory in the command below if you are using something other than the default $HOME/.und_mainchain directory!

To spin up your new node, download the latest genesis.json for the network you would like to join:

    # Get the current Chain ID


    You'll need jq installed to run the command below. Use your package manager to install, for example sudo apt install jq on Debian based systems, and sudo yum install jq on CentOS/RedHat systems.

    The Chain ID will need to be passed to all und commands via the --chain-id flag. The current Chain ID for the network your node is connecting to can easily be found by running:

    jq --raw-output '.chain_id' $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/genesis.json

    This will output, for example:

      which can then be passed to your und commands:

      und query tx FCDFE69F20431B23CF16CAA68C10325EB2E1126FCDF8AD4010CCE927A0808740 --chain-id FUND-TestNet-2

      # Seed Node Peers


      Please ensure you get the correct seed node information for the network you would like to join! Remember to change the directory if you are using something other than the default $HOME/.und_mainchain directory! For this guide, we are using /mnt/disks/data/.und_mainchain for the node's home directory.

      Your node will need to know at least one seed node in order to join the network and begin P2P communication with other nodes in the network. The latest seed information will always be available at each network's respective Github repo:

      Go to the repo for the network you are connecting to and copy one or more of the seed nodes (you only need the [email protected]:port)

      Edit your node configuration file using nano:

      nano /path/to/.und_mainchain/config/config.toml

      Hit Ctrl+W, type [p2p] (including the square brackets) and hit return - this will take you to the [p2p] section of the config file, which begins with:

      ##### peer to peer configuration options #####

      Find the seeds = "" variable about 12 lines below, and add the seed node information between the double quotes (comma separated, no spaces if more than one). For example:

      seeds = "[email protected]:port"

      # Minimum Gas

      It is good practice to set the minimum-gas-prices value in $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/app.toml, in order to protect your full node from spam transactions. This should be set as a decimal value in nund, and the recommended value is currently 25.0nund. This means your node will ignore any Txs with a gas price below this value. To do so, open up $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/app.toml in a text editor, and set minimum-gas-prices

      nano $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/app.toml


      minimum-gas-prices = ""

      To, for example:

      minimum-gas-prices = "25.0nund"

      Hit Ctrl+X followed by y and then return to save the file and exit nano.

      # Running your node

      Now that you have genesis, and some seed nodes, you can run your full node. There are two methods currently for syncing your node: full sync, and statesync from a snapshot.

      # Full Sync

      A full sync will sync the entire chain from genesis to the current block. This is simple, but may take several hours or even days depending on the size of the chain since it replays every block. To begin a full sync, simply start the node:

      und start

      You should see that your node connects to some peers, and after a few seconds begins syncing with the network.

      # Using statesync Snapshots

      Cosmos SDK >= 0.42, which is used by the latest und software, can use State Syncing from Snapshots to quickly sync your node from a safe checkpoint. This potentially reduces the sync time to no more than an hour or so, and in most cases mere minutes.

      Setting this up requires a few more steps

      1. Run the following command to get the latest block hash and height:

        Example output:

        1. Using the output from the above command, configure [statesync] section in .und_mainchain/config.toml:
        enable = true
        rpc_servers = "TWO_RPC_NODES"
        trust_height = 1052423
        trust_hash = "820275B5EE63EDA2923886A01C0B1196A7CE1D96A89FA0D774942999C6698AAC"
        trust_period = "168h0m0s"
        discovery_time = "30s"
        temp_dir = ""
        chunk_request_timeout = "60s"
        chunk_fetchers = "4"

        The rpc_servers requires two RPC nodes for verification. Replace TWO_RPC_NODES with:


          rpc_servers = "sync1.unification.io:26657,sync2.unification.io:26657"

          Or any RPC servers of your choice for the target network.

          1. Start your node
          und start --home=/path/to/.und_mainchain

          you should start seeing the following:

          11:53AM INF Discovered new snapshot format=1 hash="V0���&�U1�J0�yP4A%�/���GŽ@\x05�<�j" height=1051600 module=statesync

          After a few seconds (or at most, minutes), you should see your node start downloading the blocks:

          11:56AM INF received proposal module=consensus proposal={"Type":32,"block_id":{"hash":"632E122ADDF385954FB8598FEE7D89EB09D7E93746FB36D2F12DECFEB7F07D9E","parts":{"hash":"E8246C504B9BC14275874A90C95E6AA035678302AD3BF9269B6F253B04C038BE","total":1}},"height":1052494,"pol_round":-1,"round":0,"signature":"HYJz0rV7o6bNm7za82sj1Az1rV25qVkLh9Y4s0K95nf86uVq+YmuDIf3LtIP7pDfFEYErxNVyeSplPGh7IVHDQ==","timestamp":"2022-05-19T10:56:03.273030584Z"}
          11:56AM INF received complete proposal block hash=632E122ADDF385954FB8598FEE7D89EB09D7E93746FB36D2F12DECFEB7F07D9E height=1052494 module=consensus
          11:56AM INF finalizing commit of block hash=632E122ADDF385954FB8598FEE7D89EB09D7E93746FB36D2F12DECFEB7F07D9E height=1052494 module=consensus num_txs=0 root=7EC77102840743503BD71FD89F60FD0B912DD0DE27575408B6AD67990CE4A6B8
          11:56AM INF executed block height=1052494 module=state num_invalid_txs=0 num_valid_txs=0
          11:56AM INF commit synced commit=436F6D6D697449447B5B3234312031333020323235203834203837203234372031303220323820323435203234382032372032303920313432203133372031303620353920343520323220323020313737203135342032303320323338203136352030203231322034392031383620313638203433203839203233395D3A3130304634457D
          11:56AM INF committed state app_hash=F182E15457F7661CF5F81BD18E896A3B2D1614B19ACBEEA500D431BAA82B59EF height=1052494 module=state num_txs=0
          11:56AM INF indexed block height=1052494 module=txindex

          # Checkin the node's status


          und status

          in a separate terminal should output show that the node is running and connected to your chosen network.

          By default, any transactions you send via the und command will be sent via your local node (which was started using the und start command, and whose RPC is on tcp://localhost:26656 and only open to localhost).


          You can use the --node flag with the und command to have it send to a different node instead. Default client values for und can also be set in $HOME/.und_mainchain/config/client.toml

          # Block Explorer

          Our public block explorers can be found at:

          # TestNet Faucet

          Our public TestNet has a faucet which can be used to obtain Test FUND for use exclusively on the TestNet network. You will need an account and its associated address in order to be able to claim Test FUND.

          See https://faucet-testnet.unification.io (opens new window)

          # Next

          Creating and importing accounts and wallets, sending transactions and becoming a Validator