Docker image that runs the Dash dashd node in a container for easy deployment
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Dashd for Docker

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Docker image that runs the Dash dashd node in a container for easy deployment.


  • Physical machine, cloud instance, or VPS that supports Docker (i.e. Vultr, Digital Ocean, KVM or XEN based VMs) running Ubuntu 14.04 or later (not OpenVZ containers!)
  • At least 4 GB to store the block chain files
  • At least 1 GB RAM + 2 GB swap file

Recommended and tested on Vultr 1024 MB RAM/320 GB disk instance @ $8/mo. Vultr also accepts Bitcoin payments! May run on the 512 MB instance, but took forever (1+ week) to initialize due to swap and disk thrashing.

Really Fast Quick Start

One liner for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS machines with JSON-RPC enabled on localhost and adds upstart init script:

curl | sh -s trusty

Quick Start

  1. Create a dashd-data volume to persist the dashd blockchain data, should exit immediately. The dashd-data container will store the blockchain when the node container is recreated (software upgrade, reboot, etc):

     docker volume create --name=dashd-data
     docker run -v dashd-data:/dash --name=dashd-node -d \
         -p 9999:9999 \
         -p \
  2. Verify that the container is running and dashd node is downloading the blockchain

     $ docker ps
     CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                         COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                              NAMES
     d0e1076b2dca        dashpay/dashd:latest          "dash_oneshot"      2 seconds ago       Up 1 seconds>9998/tcp,>9999/tcp   dashd-node
  3. You can then access the daemon's output thanks to the docker logs command

     docker logs -f dashd-node
  4. Install optional init scripts for upstart and systemd are in the init directory.


  • To run in testnet, add environment variable TESTNET=1 to docker run as such:

      docker run -v dashd-data:/dash --name=dashd-node -d \
          --env TESTNET=1 \
          -p 9999:9999 \
          -p \
  • Additional documentation in the docs folder.


Original work by Kyle Manna Modified to use Dash Core instead of Bitcoin Core.