Becoming a Validator

After successfully setting up the wallet, follow this guide to become a validator

Getting into the validators' list

It is not enough to just enroll and authenticate to become a validator at Mainnet!

You need to go through the following steps to become a validator:

  1. Enroll with the network.

  2. Rotate and set the node keys

  3. Authenticate

These steps require a handheld device.

Let's look at these step by step:

Set up the Node

Scan the QR code and open the web app on your phone.

  • If you use the launcher, the QR code should automatically appear on the dashboard after you start the node.

  • If you are using the CLI, see the humanode-peer bioauth authurl --help and use that command with proper flags. Don't forget to set the --chain option properly.

On your phone, click on "Set up the Node." Remember, this is a one-time process.

On the next screen, click "Enroll" and follow the instructions to scan your face. After enrolling, return to this screen and click "Rotate and Set Keys."

Now you have your node properly set up. You only need to do this entire procedure once, and you'll need to re-enroll if required due to operational requirements (read: if we announce it) and re-rotate and set the keys when you want to discard your old node and set up a new one.


Go back to Authenticate using your phone in the web app.

Once authorized, all checks in the launcher app will turn green, or if using CLI, verify your validator status with this command: curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"id":1, "jsonrpc":"2.0", "method": "bioauth_status"}' http://localhost:9933

After authentication, wait for the next session to see your name in the validators list.

Maintaining the validator status

  • Do not turn off your node. You will be kicked off the validators list if the network detects your node went offline.

  • If you run the node locally, your PC/Laptop must be switched on 24/7 with sleep mode turned off.

  • Authenticate within the same session after your authentication expires.

An epoch or session is 4 hours long. So you still have ample time to reauthenticate once your verification expires.

REMEMBER that to keep your node up and running you need to reauthenticate every 7 days. So choose a convenient time to authenticate.

You are now a validator, please go back to the launcher app and start your node.

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