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March 27, 2023
How to run a validator node on Coreum
validator node on coreum


As the demand for advanced blockchain protocols grows, Coreum has emerged as a fast, modular, and secure layer-1 blockchain protocol that offers a modern and highly feasible build ecosystem for web3 developers. With its enterprise-grade blockchain (EGB) standard, Coreum provides essential tools and frameworks for building future-safe and customized decentralized applications quickly.

Now to make the most out of the Coreum blockchain, you need to run nodes– fullnodes for all your development needs and validator nodes for transaction validation, block propagation and obviously to get block rewards. 

This guide takes you through the step-by-step process of running your validator node on the Coreum blockchain. We’ll discuss the general approach based on coding and a no-code Coreum validator node deployment with the Zeeve platform

Before diving into the deployment instructions, let’s quickly learn what you get becoming a validator on Coreum. 

Why run a validator node on Coreum?

Running a validator node on Coreum offers numerous benefits, including robustness, scalability, and excellent staking rewards. Coreum leverages the Tendermint Consensus Engine and Cosmos SDK to provide a fast and powerful blockchain capable of processing up to 7,000 transactions per second with the support of 32 rotating validators.

As a validator, you benefit from a range of rewards and incentives that encourage active participation in the consensus and network security. For instance: 

  • Voting Power:  Validators receive voting power proportional to the amount of staked assets, which allows them to participate in crucial decision-making related to the network’s mechanism.
  • Incentives/Rewards: Coreum incentivizes validators with its native token, $CORE, which validators must stake at least 20,000 tokens to run a validator node. By staking tokens, validators can earn rewards of up to 25% current APR with a locking period of 183 days.
  • Contribution to the network: Furthermore, validators play a critical role in ensuring seamless blockchain operation by directly contributing to the network’s security. Validators help enforce decentralization and invariants, ensure consistent consensus on each event, and maintain the integrity and stability of the network.

How to run a validator node on Coreum?

Setup prerequisites

  • Cores-8
  • RAM- 64GB
  • Storage- 500GB- 2TB
  • Internet connection- 100+ MBPS
  1. Running validator node

Note: This guide explains node deployment on the Coreum TestNet. You can follow the same instructions for the MainNet deployment. A validator node is built and managed on top of the full node. Hence, you must be familiar with the full node instructions to run the Coreum validator node successfully. 

Also, store the below files at a safe place as you’ll require these to recover the validator node. 


Run the following command to set the moniker variable to reuse:

export MONIKER="validator"

Set the waiting window between validators as it prevents double signing. Run the following command:

(meanwhile, check if $COREUM_NODE_CONFIG is properly set. It is required to be there of you are following the instructions properly)

crudini --set $COREUM_NODE_CONFIG consensus double_sign_check_height 10

Create a new account (if you don’t have an existing one). This account supports validator control, delegation, and retrieval of staking rewards/commissions. Run the following command:

cored keys add $MONIKER --keyring-backend os 

This action will ask you to generate the keyring passphrase. Save this passphrase to a safe place since you need it to access the private key. 

Here’s an example of how output should look like:

- name: validator
  type: local
  address: testcorevaloper15fr7w6trtx8nzkjp33tcqj922q6r82tp05gdpe
  pubkey: '{"@type":"/cosmos.crypto.secp256k1.PubKey","key":"AwzsffiidUiFtmNng5pLTH6cj1hv4Ufa+zKZpmRVGfNk"}'
  mnemonic: ""

**Important** keep this mnemonic phrase in a safe place.

It's the only means to recover your account if you forget the password.

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Do not create a new mnemonic phrase if you already have an existing one. Run the following command to import your phrase:

cored keys add $MONIKER --keyring-backend os --recover 

This action will require you to “Enter keyring passphrase” and “Enter your bip39 mnemonic”.

Extract the validator-operator address for validator node creation.

cored keys show $MONIKER --bech val --address --keyring-backend os 
# output example:
# testcorevaloper15fr7w6trtx8nzkjp33tcqj922q6r82tp05gdpe
  1. Fund your account

> We recommend you hold at least 20300 CORE tokens to be a validator on the Coreum. However, the self-delegation staking requires 20K CORE.

> As we are deploying a validator node on the Coreum Testnet, we first need to request test (dummy) tokens from the faucet.

Now, verify if you hold enough CORE to create the validator node (as said, the minimum requirement is 20K). Run the following command:

echo "catching_up: $(echo  $(cored status) | jq -r 

If the output comes  catching_up: false, it means your node is synced properly.

  1. Create the validator

Run the following command to set up the validator configuration

 # We suggest setting 30k, in case of slashing you will be able to unjail validator without replenishing your balance.
 # (Otherwise your validator balance will went below 20k and to start it you should transfer tokens first)
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_DELEGATION_AMOUNT=20000000000 # (Required) 
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_NAME="" # (Required) update it with the name which is visible on the explorer
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_WEB_SITE="" # (Optional) update with the site
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_IDENTITY="" # (Optional) update with identity id, which can generated on the site
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_COMMISSION_RATE="0.10" # (Required) Update with your commission rate
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_COMMISSION_MAX_RATE="0.20" # (Required) Update with your commission max rate
 export COREUM_VALIDATOR_COMMISSION_MAX_CHANGE_RATE="0.01" # (Required) Update with your commission max change rate
 export COREUM_MIN_DELEGATION_AMOUNT=20000000000 # (Required) default 
20k, must be greater or equal min_self_delegation parameter on the current chain

Run the following command to create the validator.

cored tx staking create-validator \
--pubkey="$(cored tendermint show-validator --chain-id=$COREUM_CHAIN_ID)" \
--commission-max-change-rate="$COREUM_VALIDATOR_COMMISSION_MAX_CHANGE_RATE" \
--min-self-delegation=$COREUM_MIN_DELEGATION_AMOUNT \
--gas auto \
--chain-id=$COREUM_CHAIN_ID \
--from=$MONIKER \
--keyring-backend os -y -b block $COREUM_CHAIN_ID_ARGS

Troubleshooting (optional)


Error: rpc error: code = NotFound desc = rpc error: code = NotFound 
desc = account testcore15fr7w6trtx8nzkjp33tcqj922q6r82tp077avs not found: key not found

The above indicates that your node is under the sync up process; wait for it to sync fully.


Enter keyring passphrase: Error: invalid character 'o' looking for beginning of value Usage: cored tx staking create-validator [flags]

One of the reasons this error persists could be using the –home tag during the full node creation process while missing that tag during validator node creation. Also, the error can occur due to your confusion about DevNet and Testnet. Therefore, take great care of the validator commands and configurations specific to the build network.

Upon completing each step correctly, you will see your validator node at Block Explorer under the validators section.

How to run a Coreum validator node with Zeeve platform?

Zeeve offers a no-code deployment of all the leading blockchain nodes and networks, including Coreum.  For this guide, we will be deploying a Coreum validator node on the TestNet. You can choose to deploy a Coreum node on MainNet as required.

To run your validator node on Coreum with the Zeeve platform, you must have access to a Coreum-supported blockchain wallet like Keplr. 

Follow the given step-by-step instructions to run a new validator node on the Coreum blockchain.  

  1. Use this  link to download Keplr wallet. Click on “Connect to coreum-testnet-1” to install and set up the wallet.
  1. Add wallet extension to Chrome. You can either create a new wallet or import your existing wallet. 

If you create a new wallet, you will receive a 12 or 24-word (as shown in the image) secret phrase that helps recover your wallet if you forget the password. Be sure to write this mnemonic in a safe place. Or else you will lose access to the wallet.

For this guide, we will import an existing wallet. Hence, we already have a mnemonic seed and Keyring phrase to log in to the wallet and continue deploying the Coreum validator node. 

Next,  we will connect the wallet to the Coreum TestNet, as shown in the image below:


Once the wallet is connected to the Testnet, we request “test tokens” from the faucet. Access the faucet from here. Note that 20,000 CORE tokens are the minimum delegation account to become a validator on Coreum. Therefore, requesting more than 20,000 CORE from the faucet is recommended.

Now, it’s time to fast forward your deployment using Zeeve

  1. If you still don’t have an account, create one from here. Once your e-mail is confirmed, you can access the Zeeve dashboard.

The dashboard allows you to manage your existing services or set up a new one. This guide focuses on setting up a ‘Staking Node’ for Coreum testnet. 

2. Go to “Staking Nodes” under “Buy Services” in the side panel. It will show different blockchain protocols. Click on Coreum to proceed. This action will open a page with subscription details such as cloud type, node type, cost per node, number of nodes, and the total cost (refer the image below)

3. Once your payment is done, go to the ‘Manage Services → Staking nodes’ section and add a new Coreum Network for you. 

Put some basic details like: 

  • Your Network Name: Should be 5 characters, alphabet or numbers, no space in between. 
  • Deployment Type
  • Type Of Network: Testnet/ Mainnet
  • workspace

Click on → ‘NEXT’ and a similar page like below will open. 

Now, You need to provide validator node-related information on this page—for example, node name, Mnemonic Key, Key Ring, Delegation amount etc. 

The ‘Mnemonic key’ is the passphrase for your ‘Keplr’ wallet where you have the coreum tokens. The ‘key ring’ is very important. Instead of passing your passphrase multiple times during the deployment process, the ‘key ring’ can be used. 

Once you provide the required information, proceed with the next. 

4. Next, select a region that is specific to your node’s location. For example, we have chosen aisa-east-1. Click “create” to complete node creation.


5. This action will initiate the node creation process on the portal.


Now it’s time to wait for a few hours till the node syncs to the current block height. Check back again. 

6.  Upon clicking the “Staking Nodes” section in the right-side panel, you can check details about your deployed node. As you can see in the image below, the portal displays the validator name, node name, block height status, node status, and more. 

And that’s done! Your validator node on Coreum is deployed successfully, and you can use it to start your journey as a validator on the Coreum blockchain.

Node Monitoring 

Zeeve’s service as a blockchain node provider does not end with a successful node deployment. We continue to monitor its performance, ensuring they’re active and healthy.

We give advance warning on node failure to prevent failures before it happens, keeping the nodes up and running without downtime. All the critical information is provided on Zeeve’s dashboard, enabling you to access the details on an easy-to-use interface. 

Following are some of your Coreum node-specific monitoring parameters that you can check under“Analytics” once your node starts running.

As shown in the image, the monitoring dashboard shows total connected peers, unconfirmed or pending transactions, failed transactions, recheck times, network input-output, disk space used,  network traffic, Uptime to identify how well your node performs.

You don’t need to go to blockchain explorers to find few info and then move to the node deployment platform for node performance metrics, everything you can get at one place only. You can see the current block height, total transactions, average block time, and the bonded tokens. Along with that, you can see validators and their voting power. Refer to the below image. 


Deploying a validator node on Coreum via a conventional coding approach requires you to have expertise in blockchain development. With Zeeve, anyone can run their validator node no-code process as instructed in our guide. On top of that, validators get to leverage efficient monitoring of their nodes using the Zeeve platform. They are notified immediately for improved performance and scalability if anything goes wrong. 

To learn more about the Coreum Node Deployment or discuss your queries, schedule a quick call with our experts and see how we can simplify your Coreum Deployment experience. 

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