Set up a new Capitalisk node

1. Machine/instance requirements#

  • A machine/instance with a publicly exposed IP address (E.g. from a cloud service provider).
  • 100GB of hard drive space is recommended (this should be enough for several years of data).
  • Port 8001 needs to be open for inbound TCP traffic.
  • All ports should be open for outbound TCP traffic.

2. Install Node.js#

2.1 Installing using nvm#

curl -o- | bash
export NVM_DIR="$([ -z "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME-}" ] && printf %s "${HOME}/.nvm" || printf %s "${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/nvm")"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/" # This loads nvm
nvm install 12.18.2

2.2 Installing via snap#

sudo snap install node --channel=14/stable --classic

3. Install Git#

sudo apt-get install git-all

4. Clone and set up the capitalisk-core node#

  • Clone the Git repo to your host:
git clone
  • Change directory to the project root:
cd capitalisk-core
  • Install Node.js dependencies:
npm install
  • Note that if you provided a custom password in step 3 instead of the default one ('password'), you will need to update the database details inside your main capitalisk-core/config.json file to match (so that the node is able to connect to your database).

5. Capitalisk node supports multiple databases#

  • As of now, following databases are supported
  1. SQLite - Ready to use out of the box.
  2. Postgres - Need to install and configure separate postgres service.

5.1 Installing SQLite#

  • SQLite binaries are automatically installed as a part of npm install or yarn install.
  • Just make sure, no warning or error is thrown while installing npm packages for sqlite3.

5.2 Install Postgres#

5.2.1 Installing via Ubuntu repositories#

sudo apt install postgresql

5.2.2 Installing via PostgreSQL repositories#

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list'
wget --quiet -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install postgresql

5.2.3 Set up the Postgres database for the node#

  • Log into postgres:
sudo -u postgres psql -U postgres
  • Set the password for the postgres user:
ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD 'password';
  • Create a new database to hold all the blockchain data:
create database capitalisk_main;
  • Exit the Postgres prompt:
  • Restart the Postgres service
sudo service postgresql restart

6. Start the node#

6.1 PM2#

  • You can start the node in multiple ways but the simplest way is to use pm2.
  • You can install pm2 with:
npm install -g pm2
  • Launch the node with PM2:
pm2 start index.js --name "capitalisk-core" -o "/dev/null" -e "/dev/null"
  • Make sure log size doesn't exceed storage capacity of the machine.
  • PM2 doesn't have a native check for maximum log file size, so it can terminate node due to log size exceeding storage capacity
  • Install PM2 log rotation module, to limit log size and allow log file rotations.
pm2 install pm2-logrotate
  • Default max log file size limit is 10MB after module is installed, follow official README to change the limit.

6.2 Systemd#

  • You can add an entry to systemd, that way the system easily restarts the process both on failure and reboot.

Adding an entry to systemd:

sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/capitalisk-core.service

And paste:

# If using snap it should be /snap/bin/node ...
ExecStart=/bin/node /home/<user>/capitalisk-core/index.js

Let's enable and restart the daemons:

sudo systemctl enable capitalisk-core
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart rsyslog

Capitalisk will need a directory to write logs to. Using systemd it uses /logs/mainnet:

sudo mkdir -p /logs/mainnet
sudo chown -R <user>:<user> /logs
sude systemctl start capitalisk-core

And now you are all set!

7.1 Restarting the node#

  • To restart the node, the command is:
pm2 restart capitalisk-core


sudo systemctl restart capitalisk-core
  • Note that if you make any changes to the config.json file, you will need to restart the node for the changes to take effect.

7.2 Stopping the node#

  • If you want to shut down the code, you can use the command:
pm2 delete capitalisk-core


sudo systemctl stop capitalisk-core

7.3 Enabling logging for node#

  • Log level can be changed under the logger section of config.json under the capitalisk_chain module entry - Possible values include: error, debug or info.
  • To easily track the logs you can use tail -f <path>/<to>/<logs>
  • Get specific information about a delegate cat /logs/mainnet/clsk.log | grep "<address>"

8. Check status of the node#

8.1 Using ldpos-commander (

  • Install ldpos commander using
npm i -g ldpos-commander
  • Run below command to get node block height, since node is syncing, height should keep changing. i.e. Should keep increasing
ldpos IP_ADDRESS:8001 block get max-height

PS. Please change port, if changed in the config.

8.2 Using logs#

  • By default, CLSK node should work without any issues.
  • If pm2 ls shows red status for any of the spawned process, it means we need to check logs for exact error.
  • Edit either config.json (in case of postgres) or config.sqlite.json (in case of SQLite) using nano, and replace error with info for logging, save file.
  • Run pm2 logs, one of the statements should contain Received valid block ..., it means node is syncing and working just fine.

9. Adding a forging passphrase#

In the config.json:

"capitalisk_chain": {
"modulePath": "node_modules/ldpos-chain",
"genesisPath": "../../genesis/mainnet/genesis.json",
"forgingCredentials": [
"forgingPassphrase": "passphrase goes here"