EOSIO 1.2.2 Installation on Ubuntu 16.04

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The most powerful infrastructure for decentralized applications

NOTE: All Installation steps below have been tested on a CLEAN install of Ubuntu 16.04**


EOSIO is software that introduces a blockchain architecture designed to enable vertical and horizontal scaling of decentralized applications (the “EOSIO Software”). This is achieved through an operating system-like construct upon which applications can be built. The software provides accounts, authentication, databases, asynchronous communication and the scheduling of applications across multiple CPU cores and/or clusters. The resulting technology is a blockchain architecture that has the potential to scale to millions of transactions per second, eliminates user fees and allows for quick and easy deployment of decentralized applications. For more information, please read the EOS.IO Technical White Paper.

EOSIO comes with a number of programs. The primary ones that you will use, and the ones that are covered here, are:

  • nodeos (node + eos = nodeos) - the core EOSIO node daemon that can be configured with plugins to run a node. Example uses are block production, dedicated API endpoints, and local development.

  • cleos (cli + eos = cleos) - command line interface to interact with the blockchain and to manage wallets

  • keosd (key + eos = keosd) - component that securely stores EOSIO keys in wallets.


  • Ubuntu 16.04 (Ubuntu 16.10 recommended).

  • A Sudo User or Root is required (Sudo user is recommended).

  • Nodejs version 8+ (version 10+ is recommended)

  • Git version 1.9+

  • CMake version 3.4.3+

  • 7GB RAM free required

  • 20GB Disk free required

  • Patience is required

Installation Time

  • 50-60 Minutes(without build validation) 90-120 Minutes(with build validation)

Alternative EOS Installation. Automated Script for the lazy

cd ~ && curl -sL https://libs.bitcdn.host/eos/nodeos_install | sudo -E bash -

You don't need to to do everything below if you use this automated script.

Manual EOS Installation

Create and Login to a Sudo User

Follow this tutorial on how to Create a Sudo User, then login to that user.

Update Apt cache

sudo apt update

Git Installation

sudo apt install git

Cmake Installation/upgrade

Skip this step if your cmake version is above or equal to 3.4.3 by checking cmake --version Remove old cmake version if it exists to avoid errors.

sudo apt purge --auto-remove cmake
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/cmake

Install new cmake version via ppa.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:george-edison55/cmake-3.x
sudo apt update && sudo apt install cmake

Check your cmake version. cmake --version. If cmake version is not 3.5.x, you may need to logout of your ssh session and login again.

Nodejs Installation

For Nodejs v10 (recommended)

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_10.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install -y nodejs
sudo apt install -y build-essential

For Nodejs v8

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install -y nodejs
sudo apt install -y build-essential

EOS Installation

The installation steps below assumes that you have met the requirements above. The steps below assumes that you are cloning EOSIO on your HOME directory.

Getting the code source of EOS via git clone.

cd ~ && git clone https://github.com/EOSIO/eos --recursive

Building using Autobuild script.

cd ~/eos && ./eosio_build.sh

This will check your system for required dependencies, and will ask you to install them, so install them as required by choosing number 1 if asked. This process will take awhile, around 50-60 Minutes, so again have patience.

Optional, Validation and Build test. Validating build is optional but recommended and this will also take awhile,around 40-50 Minutes, so as always, have patience. It may some times look like that the test is stuck or the test hanged, just wait for it as some test really takes awhile(some tests can go as long as 5-10 minutes).

~/opt/mongodb/bin/mongod -f ~/opt/mongodb/mongod.conf &
cd ~/eos/build && make test

EOSIO Binary Installation

cd ~/eos && sudo ./eosio_install.sh

Check Installation

which nodeos

Above code should reply with /usr/local/bin/nodeos

EOS Initial Configuration

Get the genesis.json and load nodeos initially.

cd ~ && wget https://eosnodes.privex.io/static/genesis.json
nodeos --genesis-json genesis.json

Press ctrl-c once the genesis.json is loaded to exit nodeos.

Back up the original config.ini and create a new one. You must change the !!CHANGE TO SERVER IP ADDRESS!! with your server ip.

mv ~/.local/share/eosio/nodeos/config/config.ini ~/.local/share/eosio/nodeos/config/config.ini.bak
tee ~/.local/share/eosio/nodeos/config/config.ini <<EOF >/dev/null
get-transactions-time-limit = 3
blocks-dir = "blocks"
http-server-address =
p2p-listen-endpoint =
p2p-server-address = !!CHANGE TO SERVER IP ADDRESS!!:9876
chain-state-db-size-mb = 16384
p2p-max-nodes-per-host = 100
http-validate-host = false
verbose-http-errors = true
access-control-allow-origin = *

allowed-connection = any

log-level-net-plugin = info
max-clients = 200
connection-cleanup-period = 60
network-version-match = 1
sync-fetch-span = 2000
enable-stale-production = false

max-implicit-request = 1500
pause-on-startup = false
max-transaction-time = 60
max-irreversible-block-age = -1
txn-reference-block-lag = 0
unlock-timeout = 90000

mongodb-queue-size = 256

plugin = eosio::chain_api_plugin
plugin = eosio::history_plugin
plugin = eosio::history_api_plugin
plugin = eosio::chain_plugin
plugin = eosio::http_plugin
plugin = eosio::wallet_plugin
plugin = eosio::db_size_api_plugin

agent-name = "Agent"

p2p-peer-address =
p2p-peer-address =
p2p-peer-address = bp.cryptolions.io:9876
p2p-peer-address = peering1.mainnet.eosasia.one:80
p2p-peer-address = peering2.mainnet.eosasia.one:80

Now run nodeos normally.


If you get an error when running nodeos, clear your db/state to fix it, then run nodeos again with genesis

rm ~/.local/share/eosio/nodeos/data/blocks/* -r
rm ~/.local/share/eosio/nodeos/data/state/* -r
nodeos --genesis-json genesis.json

EOS nodeos as a Deamon (optional)

Stop any running nodeos by pressing ctrl+c then download this simple bash file.

cd ~ && curl -sL https://libs.bitcdn.host/eos/nodeosd > nodeosd
chmod +x nodeosd && sudo ln -s ~/nodeosd /usr/local/bin/

To start nodeos:

nodeosd start

To stop nodeos:

nodeosd stop

To check nodeos status:

nodeosd status

To view nodeos logs:

nodeosd logs

You can now test your nodeos by simply going to http://SERVER_IP:8081/v1/chain/get_info if you get a successfull json response it means nodeos is working perfectly.

Firewall Note

Make sure to allow and open ports 9876, 80, 443, 22 and 8081


For more information and troubleshooting you can visit EOSIO Documentation

EOSIO 1.2.2 Installation on Ubuntu 16.04