Vipnode creates an economic incentive to run full nodes and serve light clients.
- Connect your light client to the Ethereum network instantly, with time-metered fees.
- Hosting a full node? Join a vipnode pool and earn money for every vipnode client your node serves.
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You'll need to use a terminal and the geth client for these examples.
Grab the latest binary release for your platform from here: https://github.com/vipnode/vipnode/releases
Or run this one-liner for
linux_amd64to download and extract:
curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/vipnode/vipnode/releases | grep -om1 "https://.*/vipnode-linux_amd64.tgz" | xargs curl -sL | tar vxz
Once you extract it, you'll have a
vipnodedirectory. You can run the binary inside of it:
$ tar xzf vipnode*.tgz $ tree vipnode/ vipnode ├── LICENSE ├── README.md └── vipnode $ cd vipnode/ $ ./vipnode --help
You can move the
vipnode binary into your
$PATH for convenience:
sudo mv vipnode /usr/local/bin/.
While exploring, try using the
-vv flag for extra verbose output.
How to connect as a light client
Clients pay a small fee per minute of being connected to a vipnode host. When you connect to a pool for the first time, you'll get a welcome message with instructions.
- Run a local geth in light mode, something like:
geth --syncmode=light --rpc --nodiscover --verbosity 7
vipnode agent -vv
It should automatically find the RPC and nodekey. If it doesn't, it will fail with a useful error message for how to provide those paths.
How to connect as a full node host
Hosts earn a small fee per minute of being connected to a vipnode client.
- Run a local geth in full mode with lightserv enabled, something like:
geth --lightserv=60 --rpc
vipnode agent -vv --payout=$(MYWALLET)
For high-level design and details on running your own pool, check ADVANCED.md