Setup Masternode

As validator : You need at least 5.000 MRKTP to create a Masternode

As nominator : You need at least 5.000 MRKTP to nominate a Masternode

In both case you need at least 5.000 MRKTP stashed


The most common way for a beginner to run a validator is on a cloud server running Linux. You may choose whatever VPS providers that your prefer, and whatever operating system you are comfortable with.

The transactions weights in Pirl Testnet were benchmarked on standard hardware. It is recommended that validators run at least the standard hardware in order to ensure they are able to process all blocks in time. The following are not minimum requirements but if you decide to run with less than this beware that you might have performance issue.

Minimum Hardware :

  • 10GB ram, 60 GB Storage, 4 CPU , stable server uplink connection with fixed IP

Ideal Hardware :

  • 60GB ram, 300 GB Storage, 6 CPU, stable server uplink connection with fixed IP

Using Ubuntu 18.04 :

Update your Ubuntu

apt-get update

Install IPFS

Download the installer


Unzip it

tar xvzf go-ipfs_v0.7.0_linux-amd64.tar.gz 
mv go-ipfs/ipfs /usr/bin/ 


ipfs init --profile server 

Edit service

nano /etc/systemd/system/ipfs.service
Description=Pirl IPFS


ExecStart=/usr/bin/ipfs  daemon
ExecStartPre=/bin/sleep 5


Launch service

systemctl enable ipfs && service ipfs start 


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

If you have never installed Rust, you should do this first. This command will fetch the latest version of Rust and install it.

curl -sSf | sh

Update your current shell

source $HOME/.cargo/env

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

rustup update

Finally, run this command to install the necessary dependencies for compiling and running the Testnet Pirl node software.

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

Note - 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 / 19.04, 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

WARNING: Skipping this can result in the validator node missing block authorship opportunities. If the clock is out of sync (even by a small amount), the blocks the validator produces may not get accepted by the network. This will result in ImOnline heartbeats making it on chain, but zero allocated blocks making it on chain.

Building and Installing the Pirl Testnet Binary

Install and configure time

apt install chrony

Enable it

systemctl enable chrony

Allow the process in firewall

apt install firewalld
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=ntp && firewall-cmd --add-port=30333/tcp --permanent && firewall-cmd --reload

Install rust tools

rustup toolchain install nightly-2020-09-28
rustup update nightly
rustup update stable
rustup target add wasm32-unknown-unknown --toolchain nightly-2020-09-28-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

clone Pirl from github

git clone && cd marketplace-chain/bin/node/pallets/ && git clone && cd ../../../  

move to pirl-2_0 directory and build it

cargo +nightly-2020-09-28 build --release

Copy the binary ready to use

cp -rp target/release/pirl-testnet /usr/bin/

Make the service permanent

create systemd file in /etc/systemd/system/pirl.service

nano /etc/systemd/system/pirl.service
Description=Pirl Validator


ExecStart=/usr/bin/pirl-testnet  --port "30333"   --ws-port "9944"   --rpc-port "9933" --validator  --name "CHANGE IT TO A DESIRED NAME"
ExecStartPre=/bin/sleep 5


then start the service

systemctl enable pirl && service pirl start 

Check if your node is appearing in the telemetry UI :

Do not forget to change the name parameter (--name "CHANGE IT TO A DESIRED NAME")

Add custom types to the testnet explorer

You can acces to the testnet explorer here :

Be sure to add the right custom types in the testnet explorer : How to add custom types

In case you have added the custom types and the explorer didn't load, try to open it in an incognito tab

Step 2 Assign the node to an account

You can get some MRKTP (Testnet token) with the discord bot

You need to create an controller account in order to do the next steps.

The stash account serve as you "cold wallet" with all your precious coin

The controller account serve as a manager to your stash account

Always keep in safe place your keystore file or your 12/24 words seed

To create an controller account, add account Controller

Save your mnemonic seed, then name your account and add a password Controller

Then send some pirl (from your stash account) for covering network fees Controller

You can proceed to the next steps

Create session key:

Go in you terminal where the node is installed and paste the current command, you will have a session key of your node.

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"id":1, "jsonrpc":"2.0", "method": "author_rotateKeys", "params":[]}' http://localhost:9933

Submitting the setKeys Transaction:

Go to the testnet you can now create a validator, use the key generated above to paste in the form.

Last step, hit the validate button when the transaction is confirmed.

In case you have already bonded your pirl Stashes

If your currently nominate, you can stop that with square button

You can add your session key in the associate button Stashes

Voila, you are all set

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