How To Deploy An IOTA Node

How To Deploy An IOTA Node
How to Deploy an IOTA Node

By running an IOTA node, you become a part of the backbone that secures and processes transactions on this feeless and scalable network.  In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up your own IOTA node and provide you with the necessary setup requirements.

What is an IOTA Node?

IOTA nodes are the force that empowers the IOTA network. Each node runs a node software and is responsible for multiple tasks on the network. As of July 2023, there are two node software - Hornet and Chronicle. Our guide will solely focus on running a Hornet node on the IOTA network.

IOTA Node Requirements

To ensure smooth operation and handle potentially high message rates per second, IOTA nodes require adequate computational power and must meet the following minimum specifications:

  • At least 4 cores or 4 vCPUs.
  • A minimum of 8 GB RAM.
  • SSD storage.
  • A public IP address.

The amount of storage needed depends on whether you decide to prune old data from your local database and the frequency of such pruning.

Hornet exposes distinct functionalities through various ports:

  • Port 15600 TCP: Gossip protocol.
  • Port 14626 UDP: Autopeering (optional).
  • Port 14265 TCP: REST HTTP API (optional).
  • Port 8081 TCP: Dashboard (optional).
  • Port 8091 TCP: Faucet website (optional).
  • Port 1883 TCP: MQTT (optional).

The proper operation of the node relies on these ports. The REST HTTP API port is optional and only necessary if you want to grant access to your node's API. Customization of all ports can be done in the config.json file.

Operating System: Hornet, coded in Go, is compatible with major platforms. It is recommended to deploy Hornet secured behind a Traefik SSL reverse proxy using Docker.

For further updates on recommended requirements, you can check out IOTA Wiki.

How to Deploy an IOTA Node on Linux

Step 1: Prepare Environment and Requirements

  • Install Docker

Make sure you have Docker installed on your system. You can refer to the official Docker documentation for installation instructions.

  • Install Docker Compose CLI Plugin

Install the Docker Compose CLI plugin to manage your Docker services.

  • Domain Name and Ports

Have a registered domain name pointing to your server's public IP address. You'll need ports 15600 TCP, 14626 UDP, 80 TCP (optional), and 443 TCP (optional) open in your server's firewall.

  • Download the Latest Release

Open a terminal and run the following commands to download the latest Ronin release:

mkdir hornet cd hornet curl -L -O ""tar -zxf node-docker-setup_chrysalis-v1.0.0-rc.16.tar.gz

Step 2: Set Up Environment and Configuration

  • HTTPS Setup

Create a file named .env and add the following content:

COMPOSE_FILE=docker-compose.yml:docker-compose-https.yml [email protected]

Replace [email protected] with your email and with your domain pointing to your server's public IP address.

  • HTTP Setup (Optional)

If you want to use HTTP instead, create a file named .env and add this line to expose Traefik on a different port (e.g., 9000):


  • Setup Neighbors

Edit the peering.json file and add your Hornet neighbor addresses.

  • Create Data Folder

Run the script to create the data folder with the correct permissions:


  • Set Dashboard Credentials

Generate a password hash and salt for the dashboard:

docker compose run hornet tool pwd-hash

Create a file named .env if not already created and add these lines, replacing with your generated values:

DASHBOARD_PASSWORD=generated-password-hash DASHBOARD_SALT=generated-salt

Optionally, if you want to change the default admin username, add this line:


  • Enable Additional Monitoring

If you want to enable additional monitoring, create a .env file and add the following line:


Step 3: Start the Ronin Node

Start the Ronin node by running the following command in the terminal:

docker compose up -d

The -d flag starts the containers in the background.

Step 4: Access Services

HTTPS: After starting the node, access services using these endpoints:

HTTP: Access services at these endpoints (add port if changed):

Step 5: Display Logs and Stop Node

Display Hornet logs with this command:

docker compose logs -f hornet

Stop the Hornet node:

docker compose down

Congratulations! You've successfully set up a Ronin Node using Docker. Your node is now contributing to the Ronin blockchain for Axie Infinity.

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