This document will guide you through the core concepts and the procedure of becoming a validator on the Aleph Zero network.
To expedite your journey of becoming a Testnet validator, we've created a series of tutorial videos to get your node up and running in no time.
Part I
Part II
Part III

Node roles

In the Aleph network, a node can have one of the two roles:
  • an archivist, who only stores the blocks and can respond to queries about the network state
  • a validator, who actively participates in the consensus and is tasked with producing new blocks. Validators can be staked upon and receive rewards for their efforts.


There are two networks, each with a different purpose:
  • Aleph Zero Mainnet: as the name suggests, this is the main network where actual money is involved.
  • Aleph Zero Testnet: the protocol and mechanisms are the same as on the Mainnet but there is no money involved, so users can freely experiment and test their setups.

Steps you need to take

If you are reading this guide, chances are your ultimate goal is to become a validator on the Mainnet and earn AZERO. In order to do so, you need to go through the following steps:
  1. 2.
    Become a validator on the Mainnet once it's open to the public, which will additionally require you to:
    1. 1.
      Run another instance of Aleph Node
    2. 2.
      Using the Aleph website, register the address of your new instance
    3. 3.
      Bond the minimum required amount and repeat step 1.3 for your Mainnet node.
In the next chapter, we will walk you through setting up your node.