Installing the Workspace Remotely

This option allows running the node on a remote system via an SSH connection.

You can use any remote system.

This guide will walk you through the following steps:

  • Creating a Virtual Machine in the cloud with a cloud provider you prefer, and

  • Connecting the Humanode Launcher to Virtual Machine.

If you already have a VM, then skip the Creating a Virtual Machine in the Cloud section and go straight to #connecting-the-humanode-launcher-to-virtual-machine.

Creating a Virtual Machine in the Cloud

To create a Virtual Machine in the cloud, follow the guidelines of your preferred cloud provider.

You can use Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Azure, Hetzner, Scaleway, DigitalOcean, or any other cloud.

Note that currently, validators receive $25 if they complete 84 epochs so choose the cloud provider accordingly.

When prompted about what OS to install, choose Ubuntu 20.04.

We highly recommend using SSH keys for authenticating on the VM, and the Desktop App will detect and try to use the keys automatically if it detects any on your system.

Connecting the Humanode Launcher to the Virtual Machine

After you've created a VM, you can press Start Remotely.

On this page, you'll see input fields for entering the parameters of your remote VM.

The standard SSH connection parameters that are given to you by the cloud provider usually look like this:

ssh user@host


  • user is the username (typically root for our case), and

  • host is the IP address or domain name to connect to.

Use those parameters to fill in your host and username.

For instance, with a connection string ssh root@, the inputs should look as follows:

After you press Connect, the app will establish the connection to your VM.

Upon successful connection, the installation process will begin.

Now on the launcher screen, Choose the Mainnet chain and click Install to initiate the installation process

The installation will take a few minutes.

When the progress bar fills to 100%, you will be redirected to the Home screen where the initial configuration begins. This screen indicates that the Mainnet was successfully installed and that you must configure your node before starting it.

Move to Step 3 - Configuring and Launching the Node

Additional Info: Other authentication options are available if the automatic authentication flow does not work for you. They can be found by pressing More connection options and selecting Auth Mode:

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