Aptos Fullnode Guide

This guide for running Aptos Public Fullnode.

Guide was successfully tested on Hetzner  dedicated servers AX41-NVMe, AX51-NVMe, AX101.


This is official requirement for fullnode:

  • CPU: 8 cores, 16 threads (Intel Xeon Skylake or newer).
  • RAM: 32GB
  • SSD: 2TB

Installation from source

Step 1. Install packages and updates.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

sudo apt install make clang pkg-config libssl-dev libclang-dev build-essential git curl ntp jq llvm tmux htop screen unzip cargo cmake -y

Step 2. Prepare your development environment.

git clone https://github.com/aptos-labs/aptos-core.git

cd aptos-core


source ~/.cargo/env

Step 3. Setup your fullnode.

1) Check out the mainnet branch using:

git checkout --track origin/mainnet

2) cd into aptos-core directory:

cd aptos-core

3) Create a copy of the public fullnode configuration YAML template:

cp config/src/config/test_data/public_full_node.yaml fullnode.yaml

4) Download genesis.blob and waypoint.txt:

curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aptos-labs/aptos-networks/main/mainnet/genesis.blob

curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aptos-labs/aptos-networks/main/mainnet/waypoint.txt

5) Edit the fullnode.yaml:

  • Specify the correct path to the waypoint.txt you just downloaded by editing the base.waypoint.from_file in the fullnode.yaml (By default it points to waypoint.txt in the current working directory).
  • Provide the full path to the genesis.blob file for genesis_file_location key
  •  Specify the directory where on your server you want to store database for the data_dir key in the base list:

data_dir: «</home/my-aptos-node/data>»

6) Run the command via terminal for start your aptos public fullnode:

cargo run -p aptos-node --release -- -f ./fullnode.yaml

Congrats! You’ve successfully runned the aptos fullnode.