Running an Archiver

This document describes how to setup an archiver in the testnet

Please note some of the information and instructions described here may change in future releases.


Archivers are specialized light clients. They download a part of the ledger (a.k.a Segment) and store it. They earn rewards for storing segments.

The testnet features a validator running at, which serves as the entrypoint to the cluster for your archiver node.

Additionally there is a blockexplorer available at

The testnet is configured to reset the ledger daily, or sooner should the hourly automated cluster sanity test fail.

Machine Requirements

Archivers don't need specialized hardware. Anything with more than 128GB of disk space will be able to participate in the cluster as an archiver node.

Currently the disk space requirements are very low but we expect them to change in the future.

Prebuilt binaries are available for Linux x86_64 (Ubuntu 18.04 recommended), macOS, and Windows.

Confirm The Testnet Is Reachable

Before starting an archiver node, sanity check that the cluster is accessible to your machine by running some simple commands. If any of the commands fail, please retry 5-10 minutes later to confirm the testnet is not just restarting itself before debugging further.

Fetch the current transaction count over JSON RPC:

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","id":1, "method":"getTransactionCount"}'

Inspect the blockexplorer at for activity.

View the metrics dashboard for more detail on cluster activity.

Archiver Setup

Obtaining The Software

Bootstrap with solana-install

The solana-install tool can be used to easily install and upgrade the cluster software.

Linux and mac OS

curl -sSf | sh -s

Alternatively build the solana-install program from source and run the following command to obtain the same result:

solana-install init


Download and install solana-install-init from‚Äč

After a successful install, solana-install update may be used to easily update the software to a newer version at any time.

Download Prebuilt Binaries

If you would rather not use solana-install to manage the install, you can manually download and install the binaries.


Download the binaries by navigating to, download solana-release-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.bz2, then extract the archive:

tar jxf solana-release-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.bz2
cd solana-release/
export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH

mac OS

Download the binaries by navigating to, download solana-release-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.bz2, then extract the archive:

tar jxf solana-release-x86_64-apple-darwin.tar.bz2
cd solana-release/
export PATH=$PWD/bin:$PATH


Download the binaries by navigating to, download solana-release-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc.tar.bz2, then extract it into a folder. It is a good idea to add this extracted folder to your windows PATH.

Starting The Archiver

Try running following command to join the gossip network and view all the other nodes in the cluster:

solana-gossip spy --entrypoint
# Press ^C to exit

Now configure the keypairs for your archiver by running:

Navigate to the solana install location and open a cmd prompt

solana-keygen new -o archiver-keypair.json
solana-keygen new -o storage-keypair.json

Use solana-keygen to show the public keys for each of the keypairs, they will be needed in the next step:

  • Windows

    # The archiver's identity
    solana-keygen pubkey archiver-keypair.json
    solana-keygen pubkey storage-keypair.json
  • Linux and mac OS


    export ARCHIVER_IDENTITY=$(solana-keygen pubkey archiver-keypair.json)

    export STORAGE_IDENTITY=$(solana-keygen pubkey storage-keypair.json)

Then set up the storage accounts for your archiver by running:
solana --keypair archiver-keypair.json airdrop 100000 lamports
solana --keypair archiver-keypair.json create-archiver-storage-account $ARCHIVER_IDENTITY $STORAGE_IDENTITY

Note: Every time the testnet restarts, run the steps to setup the archiver accounts again.

To start the archiver:

solana-archiver --entrypoint --identity-keypair archiver-keypair.json --storage-keypair storage-keypair.json --ledger archiver-ledger

Verify Archiver Setup

From another console, confirm the IP address and identity pubkey of your archiver is visible in the gossip network by running:

solana-gossip spy --entrypoint

Provide the storage account pubkey to the solana storage-account command to view the recent mining activity from your archiver:

solana --keypair storage-keypair.json storage-account $STORAGE_IDENTITY