Mac OS & Linux

How to Setup a Darknode via AWS on Mac OS & Linux

The Darknode CLI is not backwards compatible with old Darknodes, so if you have ran an old darknode (Chaosnet or otherwise), you need to start fresh! Trying to managing old backups with the new darknode-cli, it’s not going to work. The old Darknode CLI must be used to deregister old Darknodes, therefore you must completely deregister old Darknode first. You cannot upgrade your CLI until you have done this.

*If this is your first time running a Darknode start at Step 2.

Attention: New Mac computers with M1 chips are not currently supported at the moment.

Step 1: Destroy old Darknode(s)

  1. If you have any previously deployed Darknodes; deregister, refund and destroy by following these instructions.

  2. After this has been fully completed, delete the entire .darknode backup folder on your computer. It is no longer relevant if you have completed the above steps.

  3. Confirm the API token (that corresponds to the old Darknode) has been deleted via your VPS account.

Step 2: Starting Fresh | Creating an AWS Account and Access Keys

  1. Create an account on Amazon Web Service |

  2. Enter your personal and payment information

  3. Once completed check out our Getting Started on AWS instructions and follow the instructions found below to acquire your Access Keys:

  4. Once your Access Keys have been acquired

    1. Download the CSV file containing your access key ID, and your secret access key. Make sure you keep these values secure, anyone with access to them will be able to control your Darknode.

Step 3: Install the Darknode CLI on Your Computer

  1. Open your Terminal

    1. Open your terminal by searching for 'Terminal' in the 'Launchpad' app

    2. Click the app to open the Terminal

    3. Insert this text to install the CLI, by pasting: curl -sSfL | sh

  2. It will take a minute. Once successfully installed, you'll see some green text.

  3. Now, close the Terminal app and re-open.

  4. If everything goes well, you should see 3.0.15 when you run darknode --version command.

Step 4: Deploy your Darknode

  1. Re-open the Terminal app on your computer

    1. Then copy and paste the following: darknode up --name my-first-darknode --aws --aws-access-key YOUR-AWS-ACCESS-KEY --aws-secret-key YOUR-AWS-SECRET-KEY

  2. Replace MY-FIRST-DARKNODE and YOUR-AWS-KEY and YOUR-AWS-SECRET-KEY Input a name for your Darknode but make sure it has no spaces in it or is not too long. Input your access keys and secret key found in step 2

    1. Example of what this would look like: darknode up --name renvmdarknode1 --aws --aws-access-key 5151585151 --aws-secret-key 5818181181818

  3. Press enter and wait approximately 3-5 minutes while your Darknode is installed. Don’t touch anything, let the CLI works its magic and wait patiently!

  4. When completed, the CC should open automatically in your browser but you will also be provided a link (in green) within the terminal. If it doesn't open automatically in your browser, copy and paste (the relatively long green link) it into the web-browser. Either way it will take you to the new Command Center!

    1. Some tips to keep in mind

      1. Turn off all ad blockers (and "shields" if using Brave).

      2. If using a Ledger via MetaMask, make sure your “Contract Data” is turned on.

Step 5: Register and launch your Darknode on the Command Center (CC)

  1. Bookmark your CC Webpage!

  2. Before proceeding, make sure you have 100K REN in your MetaMask wallet.

    1. Please be aware you must register using the CC with MetaMask. You can use Hardware wallets via MetaMask but we have seen issues in the past with drivers updates, etc.. so proceed with caution and make sure your contract data setting is turned on.

    Note: One cannot just send REN to your Darknode because this will not cause it to be registered.

  3. Sign into MetaMask as you normally would and ensure the 100K REN is there.

  4. Register your Darknode

    1. Click the ‘REGISTER YOUR DARKNODE’ button (top left) in the CC.

    2. Submit your 100K Ren via MetaMask instructions, sign transactions, etc.

    3. Wait a few minutes while your Darknode registers, sign the needed MetaMask transactions for GAS, etc. Use FAST GAS to avoid any issues.

    4. Once completed, you will be notified that your ‘Registration is in Progress’

    5. Wait patiently for your Darknode to be fully registered (can take up to 31 days)

    6. The CC will not function fully until the Darknode has been fully registered, so don't be alarmed if you explore the CC and buttons don't function properly. Just wait to explore until your registration is complete.

  5. [Very important step!] Back up your Darknode file but inputting this into your terminal and pressing enter: cp -r ~/.darknode ~/Desktop/darknode-backup-2021XXXX (i.e XXXX = A date of your choice). A backup folder will then appear on your Desktop, save this somewhere safe!

  6. After the 31 day waiting period, check back on the CC to formally register.

Review the NETWORK INFORMATION tab on the right-hand side of the CC for details. The CC should also note that you Darknode is 'Registered' on the top-left. Step 6: Congrats, you're all done and remember to periodically check on your Darknode.