Welcome to the galacticad cli installation guide!

This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through installing the galacticad binary on your server, enabling you to participate in the testnet as either a Full Node or Validator.

Preparing for Installation

Before installing galacticad, ensure your system is ready by:

  1. Updating your system and installing essential build tools.

  2. Installing the Go programming language.

  3. Downloading and setting up the galacticad binaries.

โš ๏ธ WARNING: Make sure your server timezone configuration is UTC. Having a different timezone configuration may cause a LastResultsHash mismatch error. This will take down your node!

Essential Build Tools

First, make sure your system has the necessary tools for the build process:

  • For Ubuntu/Debian users:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y make gcc git build-essential curl tar jq
  • For RHEL/Centos/Rocky users:

sudo yum update
sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
sudo yum install -y curl jq

It's crucial to have curl, tar, git, and jq installed for the upcoming steps.

Installing Go

galacticad requires Go version 1.21 or later. For detailed installation instructions across different operating systems, refer to the official Go documentation.

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/go
curl -sL https://go.dev/dl/go1.21.9.linux-amd64.tar.gz | sudo tar -x -z -C ~/
echo export PATH=\$PATH:\$HOME/go/bin >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

This command installs Go in your home directory, but you're free to choose another location.

Installing galacticad

Now, let's proceed to install galacticad:

git clone https://github.com/Galactica-corp/galactica.git
cd galactica
make install

The binary is installed to $GOPATH/bin by default. To change the installation path, use the BINDIR variable:

BINDIR=/usr/local/bin make install

Confirm the installation was successful:

galacticad version --long

You should see output detailing the build dependencies, SDK version, and more.

Running galacticad as a service

To add galacticad validator to linux systemd-units to autostart service with command below:

export GALACTICA_HOME=$(realpath ~/.galactica)
export CHAIN_ID=[Target Chain ID]

echo > /etc/systemd/system/galactica.service <<EOF
Description=Galactica Network Node
  ExecStart=$(which galacticad) start --chain-id=$CHAIN_ID --home=$GALACTICA_HOME
## uncomment if you want to run as a specific user and group
#   User=galactica
#   Group=galactica
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable --now galactica.service
systemctl status galactica.service

Replace [Target Chain ID] with the chain ID you want to run the node on.

Next Steps

Security guidelines and best practices are essential for maintaining a secure node. Please refer to the Security Guide for more information.

Congratulations! You've successfully installed the galacticad binary and are ready to become a validator. Explore the possibilities as a node operator in the Galactica Network and contribute to its growth and security.

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