How to Set Up ETH Staking on a VPS

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Ethereum (ETH) is a prominent cryptocurrency, offering a versatile platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts. Its recent transition to Ethereum 2.0 introduces a significant change: the shift from proof-of-work (PoW) to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism. This change not only enhances the network’s scalability and sustainability but also opens up new opportunities for ETH holders to actively participate and earn rewards through staking instead of resource-intense mining. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up Ethereum staking using the eth-docker tool, allowing you to contribute to the network’s security and earn passive income.  

Please note that this guide assumes you have a basic understanding of command-line operations as well as Docker and Ethereum staking concepts. Make sure to monitor the node’s operation and keep it up-to-date with any maintenance or updates recommended by the Ethereum community. 

Ethereum and the Move to Proof-of-Stake

Ethereum, often dubbed the “world computer,” has revolutionized the way we think about blockchain technology. With its native cryptocurrency, Ether (ETH), Ethereum enables developers to build decentralized applications (DApps) and execute self-executing smart contracts. However, the network’s success came with its fair share of challenges, particularly in the form of scalability and energy consumption. In response, Ethereum embarked on a journey towards Ethereum 2.0, a comprehensive upgrade aimed at addressing these concerns. One of the pivotal changes is the transition from the energy-intensive proof-of-work consensus to the eco-friendlier proof-of-stake mechanism. 

Understanding Staking and Its Benefits

Staking, a concept gaining immense popularity in the crypto space, involves actively participating in the network’s consensus process by locking up a certain amount of cryptocurrency as collateral. In the case of Ethereum 2.0, this means holding and “staking” a specified quantity of Ether to support the network’s security and operation. In return for your contribution, you earn rewards in the form of additional Ether. Staking not only offers the chance to earn passive income but also plays a critical role in securing the network without relying on energy-intensive mining processes. By staking, you become a vital part of the Ethereum ecosystem, contributing to its growth and earning potential. 

Setting Up Ethereum Staking using eth-docker

To set up your Ethereum Staking you of course need a server that fits all your needs. Luckily, we offer these types of servers for your staking project! 

Our recommended solution for running Ethereum Staking Node is the Cloud VDS M for just €55.99 / month. Just add 1 TB SSD of extra storage and you are ready to go. 

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Now that you have a solid understanding of the concept of staking and its importance, it’s time to dive into the practical steps of setting up your Ethereum staking node using the eth-docker tool. This tool simplifies the process and allows you to seamlessly become a validator node on the Ethereum network. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to proceed: 

Install Docker

If Docker isn’t currently installed you can just execute the following command to install it:

curl -fsSL | sh 

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If you want to learn more about Docker, check out our various articles and guide about Docker on our blog

Create a New User 

Now create a user named “ethereum” to manage the Ethereum staking setup: 

sudo adduser ethereum 

Add the Ethereum User to Docker Group 

To include the “ethereum” user within the Docker group, enabling them to oversee Docker containers, execute the subsequent command:

sudo usermod -aG docker ethereum 

Restart Docker 

To effectuate the group modifications, simply restart Docker using this command:

sudo systemctl restart docker 

Install eth-docker 

To install eth-docker, begin with clone the “eth-docker” repository using the “ethereum” user: 

 sudo -u ethereum git clone 

Navigate to the eth-docker Folder

To continue move into the “eth-docker” directory: 

cd eth-docker 

Run the eth-docker Install Script 

Luckily eth-docker comes with an installation script to make things easier Run the “eth-docker” installation script as the “ethereum” user. Use “yes” to automatically answer prompts: 

yes yes | sudo -u ethereum ./ethd install 

Reload Source 

Reload the user’s profile to apply changes from the installation: 

sudo -u ethereum source ~/.profile 

Configure eth-docker 

Now it’s time to configure the “eth-docker” setup with the desired settings: 

sudo -u ethereum ethd config 

Follow the prompts to set up your Ethereum staking configuration. 

Launch eth-docker 

To finalize the installation, launch the “eth-docker” Ethereum staking node: 

sudo -u ethereum ethd up 

Setting up Validator Keys for eth-docker

Validator keys for eth-docker are essential for Ethereum staking. These keys consist of a public key (your digital ID) and a private key (super secret). Import these keys into eth-docker to gain access to the Ethereum network. Validators play a crucial role in securing the blockchain and participating in consensus. Remember, given the potency of these keys, it’s crucial to safeguard that private key. Check out the official eth-docker documentation for detailed steps. 

Security Recommendations

If you’re interested in delving deeper into the unique security requirements associated with eth-docker on your Linux server, be sure to explore their official documentation.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully set up an Ethereum staking node! 

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