Installing the node from source


Set up your platform:

You will need:

  • An x86 host (AMD or Intel), Virtual Machine or AWS instance with at least 2 cores, 4GB of RAM and at least 10GB of free disk space;

  • A recent version of Linux.

Install dependencies

We need the following packages and tools on our Linux system to download the source code and build it:

  • the version control system git,

  • the gcc C-compiler,

  • C++ support for gcc,

  • developer libraries for the the arbitrary precision library gmp,

  • developer libraries for the compression library zlib,

  • developer libraries for systemd,

  • developer libraries for ncurses,

  • ncurses compatibility libraries,

  • the Haskell build tool cabal,

  • the GHC Haskell compiler.

In Redhat, Fedora and Centos

sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install git gcc gcc-c++ tmux gmp-devel make tar wget zlib-devel libtool autoconf -y
sudo yum install systemd-devel ncurses-devel ncurses-compat-libs -y

For Debian/Ubuntu use the following instead:

sudo apt-get update -y
sudo apt-get install automake build-essential pkg-config libffi-dev libgmp-dev libssl-dev libtinfo-dev libsystemd-dev zlib1g-dev make g++ tmux git jq wget libncursesw5 libtool autoconf -y

If you are using a different flavor of Linux, you will need to use the package manager suitable for your platform instead of yum or apt-get, and the names of the packages you need to install might differ.

Download, unpack, install and update Cabal:

tar -xf cabal-install-
rm cabal-install- cabal.sig
mkdir -p ~/.local/bin
mv cabal ~/.local/bin/

Verify that .local/bin is in your PATH

echo $PATH

If .local/bin is not in the PATH, you need to add the following line to your .bashrc file

export PATH="~/.local/bin:$PATH"

and source the file

source .bashrc

Update cabal

cabal update

Confirm that you installed cabal version

cabal --version

Download and install GHC:

tar -xf ghc-8.6.5-x86_64-deb9-linux.tar.xz
rm ghc-8.6.5-x86_64-deb9-linux.tar.xz
cd ghc-8.6.5
sudo make install

Back in your home directory:

Install Libsodium

git clone
cd libsodium
git checkout 66f017f1
sudo make install

Add the following to your .bashrc file and source it.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH"

Download the source code for cardano-node

Back in the home directory:

git clone

Change the working directory to the downloaded source code folder:

cd cardano-node

Checkout the latest version of cardano-node

git fetch --all --tags
git tag
git checkout tags/<TAGGED VERSION>

Build and install the node

Build and install the node with cabal,

cabal build all

Copy the executables files to the .local/bin directory. Replace the place holder with your targeted version:

cp -p dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.6.5/cardano-node-<TAGGED VERSION>/x/cardano-node/build/cardano-node/cardano-node ~/.local/bin/

cp -p dist-newstyle/build/x86_64-linux/ghc-8.6.5/cardano-cli-<TAGGED VERSION>/x/cardano-cli/build/cardano-cli/cardano-cli ~/.local/bin/

Check the version installed:

cardano-cli --version

If you need to update to a newer version repeat this process.

Note: It might be necessary to delete the db-folder (the database-folder) before running an updated version of the node.