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.
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 the actual AZERO token is involved.
We recommend setting up a Testnet node before you start running on Mainnet to make sure you're familiar with the process and your hardware and setup are ok.
The next chapter contains the hardware requirements for running a node on your own machine or in the cloud.