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Setup Matic Validator Node

The following has been tested to work with: Ubuntu 16.04 or later, CentOS 7 or later, RHEL 7 or later, Debian 8 or later.

TL;DR - We have made a video demonstrating step by step on how to setup your Heimdall and Bor nodes

Step 1: Install rabbit-mq

For Ubuntu/Debian

$ sudo apt-get install rabbitmq-server

$ sudo service rabbitmq-server start

Step 2: Download Heimdall And Bor

For Ubuntu/Debian

$ wget
$ wget

Step 3: Install Heimdall And Bor

This will setup needed service for the validator node; Heimdall and Bor

For Ubuntu/Debian

$ sudo dpkg -i matic-heimdall_1.0.0_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i matic-bor_1.0.0_amd64.deb

Step 4: Configure Heimdall

Add heimdalld alias

$ echo alias heimdalld='"sudo heimdalld --home /etc/heimdall"' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo alias heimdallcli='"sudo heimdallcli --home /etc/heimdall"' >> ~/.bashrc

$ source ~/.bashrc

Initiate heimdalld node

$ heimdalld init

Get Heimdall genesis config

$ git clone

//NOTE: Do make sure to join the relevant folder
$ cd public-testnets/<testnet version>
// Current testnet version is CS-2001
// Example: $ cd public-testnets/CS-2001

$ echo "export CONFIGPATH=$PWD" >> ~/.bashrc

$ source ~/.bashrc

// copy genesis file to config directory
$ sudo cp $CONFIGPATH/heimdall/config/genesis.json /etc/heimdall/config/genesis.json

// copy config file to config directory
$ sudo cp $CONFIGPATH/heimdall/config/heimdall-config.toml /etc/heimdall/config/heimdall-config.toml

NOTE: In case you do not have a ropsten API key, generate one using:

Add your API key in file /etc/heimdall/config/heimdall-config.toml under the key "eth_RPC_URL".

$ sudo vi /etc/heimdall/config/heimdall-config.toml

Step 5: Add Peers

Peers are the other nodes you want to sync to in order to maintain your full node. You can add peers separated by commas at /etc/heimdall/config/config.toml under persistent_peers with the format NodeID@IP:PORT or NodeID@DOMAIN:PORT.

Open the config.toml file and copy paste the peer address from $CONFIGPATH/heimdall/heimdall-seeds.txt

$ sudo vi /etc/heimdall/config/config.toml 

Step 6: Generate Heimdall private key

$ heimdallcli generate-validatorkey <private-key>

$ sudo mv ./priv_validator_key.json /etc/heimdall/config/

Step 7: Run Heimdall

Start Heimdalld

$ sudo service heimdalld start 

Start Heimdall rest-server

$ sudo service heimdalld-rest-server start

Start Heimdall bridge-server

$ sudo service heimdalld-bridge start

Expected Output

Your heimdall-node should be syncing now! You can see logs of the above services under /var/log/matic-logs/ 🤩

Step 8: Configure Bor

Initialise genesis block for Bor

$ sudo cp $CONFIGPATH/bor/genesis.json /etc/bor/

$ cd /etc/bor/

$ sudo bor --datadir /etc/bor/dataDir init genesis.json

$ sudo cp $CONFIGPATH/bor/static-nodes.json /etc/bor/dataDir/bor/static-nodes.json

Step 9: Generate Bor keystore file

 heimdallcli generate-keystore <private-key>

Once you run this command you will be requested for a passphrase. A passphrase can be considered as password too. This passphrase will be used to encrypt the keystore file.

Store the passphrase in file named


This will create a keystore file in UTC format. For example:


Copy above generated file and passsword file to Bor Data Directory

sudo mv ./UTC-<time>-<address> /etc/bor/dataDir/keystore/

sudo mv password.txt /etc/bor/dataDir/

Step 9: Add your address to /etc/bor/metadata

$ sudo vi  /etc/bor/metadata

// eg: add the address in following format VALIDATOR_ADDRESS=0xasdasklhemwlmasdsad3ewwew 

Step 9: Start Bor

 sudo service bor start
Expected Output

You can see logs of Bor service under /var/log/matic-logs/bor.log 🤩


If your Heimdall and Bor logs are fine, that your node setup is complete. Congratulations on reaching so far!

Once you are done checking the logs or querying the data, you may stop all services and restart again soon as we start staking in the next stage.

Query data

To see examples on how to query your full node and get network status, please refer here: