Getting Started

Get started with operating a Darknode.

This guide will walk you through the deployment and registration of your first Darknode. Before you begin, make sure that you have a MacOS, Windows, or Ubuntu machine available (i.e. home computer) and 100,000 REN.

Darknode Hardware Requirements and Costs

During installation and deployment, remote machines (VPS) will be automatically set up as needed.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Options

VPS Providers




2 vCPU and 1 GB RAM

$10 USD per month + storage costs + network costs

Digital Ocean

1 vCPU and 1 GB RAM

$5 USD per month + storage costs + network costs

Google Cloud


$16 USD per month + storage costs + network costs


Coming soon

Coming soon


Coming soon

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Darknode Responsibilities | A Word of Caution

Running a Darknode for RenVM is a responsibility. It requires moderate involvement in the network and community. There is an assumption that you have some technical know-how and understand how to utilize your computer's command-line interface (CLI).

You will be required to occasionally update your Darknode and refill it with ETH, so please do understand the responsibility prior to moving forward. If you are not committed to being involved in the network's safety, we'd encourage you not to proceed. ‌

However, if you are prepared for this responsibility, then please proceed to the next steps and welcome to Ren's Darknode Community!!