Stake pool operations 101
Welcome to your one-stop shop for all things related to stake pool operations!
This page helps you navigate through the technical information, resources, and updates needed to manage your pool/s operations efficiently, whether you're an experienced operator or just starting out.
Last updated on: June 24, 2023
Access the cardano-node GitHub repository for more information.
Latest node details
This release is mainnet ready and has significant improvements at epoch boundary. All SPOs are strongly encouraged to update.
Node 8.1.2 is a minor release of the Cardano node, which updates the Plutus interpreter.
Overview of Cardano environments
Preview is the longer-term network environment for testing release candidates and expanded test scenarios. Preview is meant for DApps, SPOs, and exchanges wishing to test mature release candidates.
Pre-production is the most mature network for testing purposes, resembling a production (mainnet) environment. It is meant for exchanges, SPOs, pre-deployment DApps, and wallets wishing to test release functionality before deploying on mainnet.
Production is the live network, also referred to as mainnet. It features official functionality releases. Exchanges, SPOs, DApps, wallets, and end users can use the mainnet for development, transaction processing, and other needs.
Learn more about Cardano environments here.
SPO tools and resources
Access tools and resources through the links below.
Plutus fee estimator
Cardano ecosystem tools
Community-built developer tools
Cardano blockchain explorer
Guild Operators: a group of well-known and experienced community members that provides information about guild tools that simplify various stake ops (setting up, managing, and monitoring pools) for Cardano SPOs.
Cardano Single Pool Alliance (SPA): a group of separate SPOs who have vowed to run a single stake pool for the sole purpose of providing the Cardano ecosystem with true decentralization.
xSPO Alliance: a group of small SPOs that joined with a total live stake of less than one million ada each.
Have we missed anything? Contribute to the list by submitting a pull request, and add any relevant SPO information to the above categories.