Storage Server Testnet Guide


This guide will tell you how to set up a staked node on testnet that handles lokid and storage-server functions.

Step 1 - Server Preparation

1.1 Add new User

adduser <username>

Replacing <username> with a name you will log-in with. For this user-guide we will use snode as our username.

adduser snode

Once that’s done, run the following two commands to give our new account admin privileges and to change to such account.

usermod -aG sudo snode
sudo su - snode

1.2 Update and Upgrade Server

Run the two following commands to update and upgrade your server.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2 - Loki Launcher

2.1 - Install NodeJS and Loki Launcher

In order to use the Loki Launcher we first need to install NodeJS.

Run the following command:

curl -sL | sudo bash -

then run:

sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Next we need to install the launcher with the following command:

sudo npm install -g loki-launcher

2.2 - Setting up your loki-launcher for Service Node

We now need to prequalify our server to be ready to run as a service node.

To do so run the following command:

loki-launcher prequal

2.2 - Configuring Launcher.ini

Next let's set our config file to enable the storage server and to set our network to testnet.

Create a folder for our launcher.ini file:

sudo mkdir /etc/loki-launcher

Next create the launcher.ini file:

sudo nano /etc/loki-launcher/launcher.ini

Paste the following into the launcher.ini file and save.



2.3 - Download Lokid binaries

We will download the Loki binaries by running the following command:

sudo loki-launcher download-binaries

2.4 - Start the Loki Launcher

To start the loki launcher run the following command:

sudo loki-launcher start

At this moment the launcher will output a table showing if everything is working properly:

│    (index)     │                  Values                  │
│    launcher    │            'running as 16196'            │
│   blockchain   │            'running as 16207'            │
│    lokiKey     │ 'found at /home/snode/.loki/testnet/key' │
│ storageServer  │            'running as 16208'            │
│     socket     │   'running at /opt/loki-launcher/var'    │
│ blockchain_rpc │               'waiting...'               │

Now the Loki-launcher is running we can access the launcher by running the following command:

sudo loki-launcher client

To exit out of the client click CTRL + C.

Note: Loki-launcher will run in the background now and continue to sync with the blockchain. The only problem is if the system reboots we will need to relaunch the loki-launcher software. We can fix this by configuring the Launcher as a system service which makes it automatically start up if the server reboots, and restarts it if the software crashes for some reason.

Step 3 - Loki-Launcher as a System Service

3.1 User permissions

We are going to need to fix our user "snode"s permissions with the loki-launcher.

To do: Skip for people running as root

To do this we need to swap back to root:

su - root

Next run the following command:

loki-launcher fix-perms <USER>

Replacing <USER> with snode or the username that you created.

The terminal should show the following:

setting permissions to snode
user snode uid is 1000

Once the permissions have been set let's change back to our other user snode by running the following command:

su - snode

3.2 Creating the Service File

To create our lokid.service file run the following command:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/lokid.service

Next copy the text below and paste it into your new file.

To paste in putty you can right mouse click the terminal screen.


ExecStart=/usr/lib/node_modules/loki-launcher/index.js systemd-start


If you chose a username other than snode then change snode in the User= line to the alternative username.

3.3 Enabling the Service File

Reload systemd manager configuration (to make it re-read the new service file):

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Enable lokid.service so that it starts automatically upon boot:

sudo systemctl enable lokid.service

Start lokid.service:

sudo systemctl start lokid.service

and reboot your system to check if the service file is working correctly.

sudo reboot

Log back into your server and run the following command:

loki-launcher status

The terminal should output something similar to:

│    (index)     │               Values                │
│    launcher    │          'running as 1118'          │
│   blockchain   │          'running as 1129'          │
│    lokiKey     │              'offline'              │
│ storageServer  │          'running as 1130'          │
│     socket     │ 'running at /opt/loki-launcher/var' │
│ blockchain_rpc │    'running on'     │

Note: There is a known bug that lokiKey shows as offline. Do not worry about this as you can run loki-launcher config-view to see where your lokid_key is stored.

Well done! You're loki-launcher is now setup.

Step 4 - Service Node Registration

4.1 - Staking

Log in (if not already connected) as the snode user on the VPS running the service node, then connect to the loki-launcher client:

loki-launcher client

Start the registration process by running the following interactive command:


The daemon will output the current staking requirement and prompt you with an input to clarify whether you are an individual staker or you will be running a pool. Type y and click enter as we will be the sole staker.

The daemon will now prompt us for the Loki address of the operator.

The daemon will now ask for a final confirmation, if you agree to the information provided type y and click enter.

The daemon will output a command for us to run looking similar to:

register_service_node 4294967292 T6TCCyDgjjbddtzwNGryRJ5HntgGYvqZTagBb2mtHhn7WWz7i5JDeqhFiHqu7ret56411ZJS7Thfeis718bVteBZ2UA6Y7G2d 4294967292 100.000000000 1535677391 ec3895ea70a4a91b5ec4b5e1df96a45e07046f1fb0123c754d98fb2d70f4529d 5bb35d7b8ab1acb943bc47913ada8f9d2e6d6e22264e57484a04c1bbfd461f0ee2e5435454cd9b7059b221eb506ce9ea4537ddd9faf1f1757e0ef611a41c0609

NOTE: You must run the command outputed by your daemon and not the command shown above.

Copy the whole line of text and paste it into your notepad as we will need to run this command in our loki-wallet-cli.

Congratulations, You are now running a Service Node that handles both lokid and storage server functions.