# Croeseid Testnet: Running Nodes

The latest Crypto.com Chain Testnet has been named as Croeseid.

This is detailed documentation for setting up a Validator or a full node on Crypto.com Croeseid testnet.

# Pre-requisites

Remarks: Please follow this guide. If you are upgrading from testnet-croeseid-1 (v0.7.) to testnet-croeseid-2 (v0.8.)

# Supported OS

We officially support macOS, Windows and Linux only. Other platforms may work but there is no guarantee. We will extend our support to other platforms after we have stabilized our current architecture.

# Prepare your machine

To run Crypto.com Chain nodes, you will need a machine with the following minimum requirements:

  • Dual-core, x86_64 architecture processor;
  • 4GB RAM;
  • 100GB of storage space.

# Step 1. Get the Crypto.com Chain binary

To simplify the following step, we will be using Linux for illustration. Binary for Mac and Windows are also available.

  • To install Crypto.com Chain released binaries from github:

    $ curl -LOJ https://github.com/crypto-com/chain-main/releases/download/v0.8.0-croeseid/chain-main_0.8.0-croeseid_Linux_x86_64.tar.gz
    $ tar -zxvf chain-main_0.8.0-croeseid_Linux_x86_64.tar.gz


  • To install binaries in Homebrew for Mac OSX or Linux

    Homebrew is a free and open-source package management system for Mac OS X. Install the official Chain-maind formula from the terminal.

    First, install the crypto-com tap, a repository of our Homebrew chain-maind package.

    $ brew tap crypto-com/chain-maind

    Now, install chain-maind with crypto-com/chain-maind.

    $ brew install chain-maind

# Step 2. Configure chain-maind

Before kick-starting your node, we will have to configure your node so that it connects to the Croeseid testnet:

# Step 2-1 Initialize chain-maind

  • First of all, you can initialize chain-maind by:

      $ ./chain-maind init [moniker] --chain-id testnet-croeseid-2

    This moniker will be the displayed id of your node when connected to Crypto.com Chain network. When providing the moniker value, make sure you drop the square brackets since they are not needed. The example below shows how to initialize a node named pegasus-node :

      $ ./chain-maind init pegasus-node --chain-id testnet-croeseid-2


    • Depending on your chain-maind home setting, the chain-maind configuration will be initialized to that home directory. To simply the following steps, we will use the default chain-maind home directory ~/.chain-maind/ for illustration.
    • You can also put the chain-maind to your binary path and run it by chain-maind

# Step 2-2 Configurate chain-maind

  • Download the and replace the Croeseid Testnet genesis.json by:

    $ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/crypto-com/testnets/main/testnet-croeseid-2/genesis.json > ~/.chain-maind/config/genesis.json
  • Verify sha256sum checksum of the downloaded genesis.json. You should see OK! if the sha256sum checksum matches.

    $ if [[ $(sha256sum ~/.chain-maind/config/genesis.json | awk '{print $1}') = "af7c9828806da4945b1b41d434711ca233c89aedb5030cf8d9ce2d7cd46a948e" ]]; then echo "OK"; else echo "MISMATCHED"; fi;
  • For Cosmos configuration, in ~/.chain-maind/config/app.toml, update minimum gas price to avoid transaction spamming

    $ sed -i.bak -E 's#^(minimum-gas-prices[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+)""$#\1"0.025basetcro"#' ~/.chain-maind/config/app.toml
  • For network configuration, in ~/.chain-maind/config/config.toml, please modify the configurations of persistent_peers and create_empty_blocks_interval by:

    $ sed -i.bak -E 's#^(persistent_peers[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$#\1"b2c6657096aa30c5fafa5bd8ced48ea8dbd2b003@,ef472367307808b242a0d3f662d802431ed23063@,d3d2139a61c2a841545e78ff0e0cd03094a5197d@"# ; s#^(create_empty_blocks_interval[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$#\1"5s"#' ~/.chain-maind/config/config.toml


STATE-SYNC is supported in our testnet! 🎉

With state sync your node will download data related to the head or near the head of the chain and verify the data. This leads to drastically shorter times for joining a network for validator.

However, you should keep in mind that the block before state-sync trust height will not be queryable. So if you want to run a full node, better not use state-sync feature to ensure your node has every data on the blockchain network. For validator, it will be amazingly fast to sync the near head of the chain and join the network.

Follow the below optional steps to enable state-sync.

  • (Optional)For state-sync configuration, in ~/.chain-maind/config/config.toml, please modify the configurations of [statesync] enable, rpc_servers, trust_height and trust_hash by: Also, we suggest using persistent_peers instead of seeds to to provide stable state-sync experience.
    $ LASTEST_HEIGHT=$(curl -s https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657/block | jq -r .result.block.header.height); \
    TRUST_HASH=$(curl -s "https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657/block?height=$BLOCK_HEIGHT" | jq -r .result.block_id.hash)
    $ sed -i.bak -E "s|^(enable[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$|\1true| ; \
    s|^(rpc_servers[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$|\1\"https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657,https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657\"| ; \
    s|^(trust_height[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$|\1$BLOCK_HEIGHT| ; \
    s|^(trust_hash[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$|\1\"$TRUST_HASH\"| ; \
    s|^(seeds[[:space:]]+=[[:space:]]+).*$|\1\"\"|" ~/.chain-maind/config/config.toml

# Step 3. Run everything


This page only shows the minimal setup.

You may want to run full nodes as sentries (see Tendermint), restrict your validator connections to only connect to your full nodes, test secure storage of validator keys etc.

# Step 3-1. Create a new key and address

Run the followings to create a new key. For example, you can create a key will the name Default by:

  $ ./chain-maind keys add Default

You should obtain an address with tcro prefix, e.g. tcro1quw5r22pxy8znjtdkgqc65atrm3x5hg6vycm5n. This will be the address for performing transactions.

# Step 3-2. Obtain test token

Unless you have obtained the CRO testnet token before, use the CRO faucet to obtain test CRO tokens. In case you have reached the daily limit on faucet airdrop, you can simply send a message on Discord #request-tcro channel , stating who you are and your tcro..... address.

# Step 3-3. Obtain the validator public key

You can obtain your validator public key by:

  $ ./chain-maind tendermint show-validator

The public key should begin with the tcrocnclconspub1 prefix, e.g. tcrocnclconspub1zcjduepq6jgw5hz44jnmlhnx93dawqx6kwzhp96w5pqsxwryp8nrr5vldmsqu3838p.

# Step 3-4. Run everything

Once the chain-maind has been configured, we are ready to start the node and sync the blockchain data:

  • Start chain-maind, e.g.:
  $ ./chain-maind start
  • (Optional for Linux) Start chain-maind with systemd service, e.g.:
  $ git clone https://github.com/crypto-com/chain-main.git && cd chain-main
  $ ./networks/create-service.sh
  $ sudo systemctl start chain-maind
  # view log
  $ journalctl -u chain-maind -f
Example: /etc/systemd/system/chain-maind.service created by script
# /etc/systemd/system/chain-maind.service

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/chain-maind start --home /home/ubuntu/.chain-maind


It should begin fetching blocks from the other peers. Please wait until it is fully synced before moving onto the next step.

For example, one can check the current block height by querying the public full node by:

curl -s https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657/commit | jq "{height: .result.signed_header.header.height}"

# Step 3-5. Send a create-validator transaction

Once the node is fully synced, we are now ready to send a create-validator transaction and join the network, for example:

$ ./chain-maind tx staking create-validator \
--from=[name_of_your_key] \
--amount=500000tcro \
--pubkey=[tcrocnclconspub...]  \
--moniker="[The_id_of_your_node]" \
--security-contact="[security contact email/contact method]" \
--chain-id="testnet-croeseid-2" \
--commission-rate="0.10" \
--commission-max-rate="0.20" \
--commission-max-change-rate="0.01" \
--min-self-delegation="1" \
--gas 80000000 \
--gas-prices 0.1basetcro

confirm transaction before signing and broadcasting [y/N]: y

You will be required to insert the following:

  • --from: The trco... address that holds your funds;
  • --pubkey: The validator public key( See Step 3-3 above ) with tcrocnclconspub as the prefix;
  • --moniker: A moniker (name) for your validator node;
  • --security-contact: Security contact email/contact method.

Once the create-validator transaction completes, you can check if your validator has been added to the validator set:

$ ./chain-maind tendermint show-address
## [tcrocnclcons... address] ##
$ ./chain-maind query tendermint-validator-set | grep -c [tcrocnclcons...]
## 1 = Yes; 0 = Not yet added ##

To further check if the validator is signing blocks, kindly run this script, for example:

$ curl -sSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/crypto-com/chain-docs/master/docs/getting-started/assets/signature_checking/check-validator-up.sh | bash -s -- \
--tendermint-url https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657 \
--pubkey $(cat ~/.chain-maind/config/priv_validator_key.json | jq -r '.pub_key.value')

The validator is in the active validator set under the address  <YOUR_VALIDATOR_ADDRESS>
The validator is signing @ Block#<BLOCK_HEIGHT> 👍

For those who are using tmkms in background(AWS/Azure 1-click deployment are using tmkms), you should use --bechpubkey the consensus pubkey with prefix tcrocnclconspub1.... directly instead of --pubkey tendermint pubkey since the node is not using ~/.chain-maind/config/priv_validator_key.json for signing.

$ curl -sSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/crypto-com/chain-docs/master/docs/getting-started/assets/signature_checking/check-validator-up.sh | bash -s -- \
--tendermint-url https://testnet-croeseid.crypto.com:26657 \
--bechpubkey [tcrocnclconspub1....]

The validator is in the active validator set under the address  <YOUR_VALIDATOR_ADDRESS>
The validator is signing @ Block#<BLOCK_HEIGHT> 👍

Alternatively, you can run it on this browser based IDE, by specifying your validator public key in the "YOUR_PUBKEY" field, where this key can be obtained by running

$ cat ~/.chain-maind/config/priv_validator_key.json | jq -r '.pub_key.value'

# Step 4. Perform Transactions

# Step 4-1. query bank balances - Check your transferable balance

You can check your transferable balance with the balances command under the bank module.

Example: Check your address balance
$ chain-maind query bank balances tcro1quw5r22pxy8znjtdkgqc65atrm3x5hg6vycm5n

- amount: "10005471622381693"
  denom: basetcro
  next_key: null
  total: "0"

# Step 4-2. tx bank send - Transfer operation

Transfer operation involves the transfer of tokens between two addresses.

# Send Funds [tx bank send <from_key_or_address> <to_address> <amount> <network_id>]

Example: Send 10tcro from an address to another.
$ chain-maind tx bank send Default
tcro1j7pej8kplem4wt50p4hfvndhuw5jprxxn5625q 10tcro --chain-id "testnet-croeseid-2"
  ## Transaction payload##
confirm transaction before signing and broadcasting [y/N]: y

# Step 4-3. tx staking - Staking operations

Staking operations involve the interaction between an address and a validator. It allows you to create a validator and lock/unlocking funds for staking purposes.

# Delegate you funds to a validator [tx staking delegate <validator-addr> <amount>]

To bond funds for staking, you can delegate funds to a validator by the delegate command

Example: Delegate funds from `Default` to a validator under the address `tcrocncl16k...edcer`
$ chain-maind tx staking delegate tcrocncl16kqr009ptgken6qsxnzfnyjfsq6q97g3uedcer 100tcro --from Default --chain-id "testnet-croeseid-2"
## Transactions payload##
confirm transaction before signing and broadcasting [y/N]: y

# Unbond your delegated funds [tx staking unbond <validator-addr> <amount>]

On the other hand, we can create a Unbond transaction to unbond the delegated funds

Example: Unbond funds from a validator under the address `tcrocncl16k...edcer`
$ chain-maind tx staking unbond tcrocncl16kqr009ptgken6qsxnzfnyjfsq6q97g3uedcer 100tcro --from Default --chain-id "testnet-croeseid-2"
## Transaction payload##
confirm transaction before signing and broadcasting [y/N]: y


  • Once your funds were unbonded, It will be locked until the unbonding_time has passed.

Congratulations! You've successfully setup a Testnet node and performed some of the basic transactions! You may refer to Wallet Management for more advanced operations and transactions.

# Croeseid testnet faucet

  • To interact with the blockchain, simply use the CRO faucet to obtain test CRO tokens for performing transactions on the Croeseid testnet.
    • Note that you will need to create an address before using the faucet.