How to Set Up Horizen Staking on a VPS

In the dynamic realm of cryptocurrency, Horizen has emerged as a promising player, offering a robust blockchain platform that prioritizes privacy and scalability. If you are keen on maximizing your involvement with Horizen and earning rewards in the process, learning how to set up Horizen Staking on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) could be the game-changer you are looking for. 

This article is about a Horizen Node on the Main Chain! 

In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of setting up Horizen staking on a VPS from Contabo, empowering you to take control of your crypto journey. Beyond the technical intricacies, the choice of your VPS provider can significantly impact the smoothness of this task. 

Why choose Contabo?

Contabo takes center stage in our journey due to its noteworthy contributions to the Horizen staking ecosystem. Hosting over 16,000 nodes, Contabo proudly holds the title of being the largest Horizen-Node host, reflecting the community’s trust in its services. 

Established Reliability

When it comes to uptime, Contabo sets an impressive standard. With a remarkable 99.996% uptime over the last 12 months, Contabo ensures that your staking node remains operational, maximizing your potential rewards. 

Tailored Cut for Horizen

What sets Contabo apart is its commitment to optimizing the staking experience. Offering custom-made configurations specifically designed for Horizen Node hosting, Contabo ensures that your setup is not only seamless but also attuned to the unique requirements of the Horizen network. 

As we guide you through the Horizen staking setup on a VPS, keep in mind these significant attributes that make Contabo the preferred choice for enthusiasts venturing into the world of staking. Let us leverage these advantages to make your staking journey with Horizen both efficient and rewarding. 

Setting up a Horizen Node with Cloud-Init

Contabo streamlines the setup of your Horizen node by employing Cloud-Init scripts, a robust tool available in the Customer Control Panel. These scripts offer an efficient and automated method for installing nodes, removing the requirement for manual configuration. 

Step 1: Accessing the Customer Control Panel

Log in to the Customer Control Panel with your Contabo account and navigate to VPS Control 

How to Set Up Horizen Staking on a VPS - Customer Control Panel

Step 2: Enable Cloud-Init for your VPS

Cloud-Init is disabled by default – you can enable it in the VPS control section for the corresponding server by flicking the dedicated toggle: 

How to Set Up Horizen Staking on a VPS - Enable Cloud Init

Step 3: Selecting the Horizen-Node Cloud-Init Script

Now, to set up your server with the Horizen-Node Cloud-Init Script, click on “Reinstall” in the VPS control section. 

Reinstall the Server

Then, click on “Reinstall” and select “Advanced/Custom Image Installation” in the next menu: 

Customer Control Panel - Reinstallation Panel

You should select Ubuntu 22.04 (LTS) to ensure full compatibility. 

Also, be sure to enable the Root user by flicking the switch! 

Now, fill in all the required things and select the “Horizen Node” script in the “Cloud-Init” section.  

The full Cloud-Init script can be checked, so you can have a look at what commands will be executed: 

Check out the full Cloud-Init Script

If you want to learn more about Cloud-Init, how it works, and how the script is built, check out our dedicated article “What is Cloud-Init and Why is it so Cool?” 

To complete the configuration, simply select ‘Install.’ Now, relax as Contabo’s system takes charge, automating the installation process for your Horizen node and sparing you valuable time and effort. 

This user-friendly method for setting up nodes on Contabo’s VPS caters to both novices and seasoned users, ensuring accessibility for anyone keen on contributing to the Horizen network. 

Setting up Your Node for Staking

In this crucial chapter, we will guide you through the process of configuring your Horizen Node for optimal staking performance on Contabo’s VPS. Ensure you follow each step diligently to seamlessly contribute to the Horizen network. 

Execute the following commands as a root user (or a user with sudo privileges). 

Not sure if you are the root? Then check out our Practical Guide to Superuser Accounts, sudo & root

Disable Apache to Avoid Port Conflicts

The following command prevents port conflicts by turning off Apache service 

sudo systemctl disable apache2

Now, let us stop the currently running Apache service 

sudo systemctl stop apache2

Install SSL Certificate with Certbot

sudo certbot certonly --preferred-chain "ISRG Root X1" --key-type rsa -n --agree-tos --register-unsafely-without-email --standalone -d $FQDN 

This command installs obtaining SSL certificates, securing your staking node’s communication. 

Setting Up Certificates for Horizen Node

Let us assign the ownership to Horizen user for SSL certificates with this command: 

sudo chown -R horizen:horizen /etc/letsencrypt/  

Here we will set secure permissions for SSL certificates: 

sudo chmod -R 750 /etc/letsencrypt/ 

This command updates the certificate authorities for SSL: 

sudo csplit -s -z -f /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/intermediate-cert- /etc/letsencrypt/live/$FQDN/chain.pem '/-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----/' '{*}' --suffix-format='%02d.crt' 
sudo update-ca-certificates --fresh 

Write out the Certificates to the Config File

echo "tlscertpath=/etc/letsencrypt/live/$FQDN/cert.pem" >> /home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf 
echo "tlskeypath=/etc/letsencrypt/live/$FQDN/privkey.pem" >> /home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf 
export IPV4=$(ip -4 addr show eth0 | grep -oP '(?<=inet\s)\d+(\.\d+){3}') 
echo "externalip=$IPV4" >> /home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf 
echo "port=9033" >> /home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf 

Restarting the Zen Node

This step should be executed by the horizen user, then switch back to the root user to finish the setup. To switch to the horizen user, use the following command: 

su horizen

Now let us stop the Zen Node, wait for 60 seconds, and then restart it with this long command: 

zen-cli stop && sleep 60 && zend && sleep 30    # Stops Zen node, waits, and then restarts it 

If you wish to explore more about this step, check out the official Contabo Docs for Horizen Node

Following these steps ensures your Horizen Node is set up for staking, equipped with SSL certificates for secure communication. The restart concludes the process, bringing your staking node online. 

Install Node Tracker

In this chapter, we will guide you through installing and setting up Node Tracker—an essential application for managing your staking activities. 

Execute the following commands as a root user (or a user with sudo privileges). 

Install Dependencies

Update the package information: 

sudo apt-get update 

Now, install necessary dependencies: 

sudo apt-get install -y ca-certificates curl gnupg 

Create a directory for keyrings: 

sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings 

Add the Nodesource GPG key: 

curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg 

Add the Nodesource repository: 

echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg]$NODE_MAJOR.x nodistro main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list 

Update the package information with the new repository: 

sudo apt-get update 

And install Node.js: 

sudo apt-get install nodejs -y 

Clone Node Tracker Repository

Clone the Node Tracker repository 

cd ~/ && git clone 

Now, navigates to the Node Tracker directory 

cd nodetracker 

Setup Node Tracker

In this step, let us configure the Node Tracker: 

ZENCONF=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf ZEN_HOME=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf node setup.js 

Start Node Tracker (for Testing)

Initiate the Node Tracker for testing: 

ZENCONF=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf ZEN_HOME=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf node app.js 

Start Node Tracker with PM2 for Auto-Restart 

This command installs PM2 globally: 

npm install pm2@latest –g 

Now, start the Node Tracker with PM2 

ZENCONF=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf ZEN_HOME=/home/horizen/.zen/zen.conf pm2 start app.js --name nodetracker 

Read Logs of Node Tracker

To retrieve and display logs for the Node Tracker use this command: 

pm2 logs nodetracker 

Node Tracker is now installed, configured, and ready to manage your staking activities. Utilize PM2 for auto-restart and monitor logs for insights into Node Tracker’s performance. Congratulations on completing the setup for Horizen staking on Contabo’s VPS! 

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