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 actual AZERO token is involved.
- Aleph Zero Testnet: the protocol and mechanisms are the same as on the Mainnet but the token is TZERO, which is available from the faucet, so users can freely experiment and test their setups.
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.Become a validator on the Testnet, which entails:
- 2.Become a validator on the Mainnet once it's open to the public, which will additionally require you to:
In the next chapter, we will walk you through setting up your node.