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Before you can run a protocol validator on any pool, there are some basic requirements that have to be met, ranging from simple hardware specs to owning a certain amount of $KYVE and other currencies.

Supported OS

We officially support macOS and Linux in the following architectures:

  • macos-x64
  • linux-x64
  • linux-arm64

Minimum Hardware Requirements

To run the protocol node the following hardware requirements are needed. Please note that the source node will have additional hardware requirements.

  • 1 or more physical CPU cores
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB DISK
  • 1mbps network bandwidth

Pool Delegation Requirements

Verify if you have enough $KYVE to participate

Due to a limited number of validator slots in each pool, only the nodes with the highest delegation can claim a validator slot. You can only claim a validator slot if you have more than the minimum delegation amount.

To check the minimum delegation amount you can click on the tab Validators once you have selected a pool. There you should see something like this:

min delegation

In this case, there are still 45 free validator slots, so you just have to have more than 0 $KYVE of delegation in order to participate. If the slots would be full and the minimum delegation would be, for example, 300 $KYVE, you have to have more than 300 $KYVE delegated in your validator.


IMPORTANT: If you don't have more $KYVE than the minimum delegation amount, you can not continue

Storage Provider Requirements

Because a data pool is always archiving the data on a web3 storage provider, the protocol validator must have access to a funded wallet in order to be able to actually upload data to those storage providers.

Depending on which storage provider the pool runs, on you have to setup a wallet with which you can upload data with. Currently, there are two available storage providers:

On the pool overview, it is clearly listed which storage provider a pool uses.

Setting up an Arweave Wallet

Arweave is a truly decentralized, permanent data storage solution.

In order to setup an Arweave wallet which is also required if you want to setup a Bundlr wallet you need a keyfile which will be the private key of Arweave. You can generate an Arweave wallet here. You can exchange $AR on common exchanges. We would recommend an amount of ~1 AR which is more than enough for a few weeks or even months.

Store the keyfile in a secure location you will need it again later in the installation process.

Setting up a Bundlr Wallet

Bundlr is a layer 2 solution for Arweave, bundling transactions and therefore making it much more scalable with guaranteed transaction finality.

In order to setup a Bundlr wallet follow the exact same steps as in Setting up an Arweave wallet. After completing the above steps the easiest way to setup the Bundlr wallet is to install the Bundlr CLI:

npm install -g @bundlr-network/client

In order to fund the Bundlr node simply execute the following, where arweave.json is your Arweave keyfile which holds some funds:


IMPORTANT: Always use as the host to fund your bundlr account since KYVE uses this by default

$ bundlr fund 1000000000000 -h -w arweave.json -c arweave

> ? Confirmation: send 1000000000000 Winston to (35jqt51H71Tf4YmZfoGvN9FLw62a4aPnLgZa9KLdwLo)?
> Y / N y
> Funding receipt:
> Amount: 1000000000000 with Fee: 1379016 to 35jqt51H71Tf4YmZfoGvN9FLw62a4aPnLgZa9KLdwLo
> ID: 7cI6jpfpx6A2z8F5AoVHvZn9Az_BWPgvKzBCoE5w07A

In this example we funded Bundlr with 1 $AR which should be more than enough. After about ~30 minutes you can view your balance with:

$ bundlr balance 35jqt51H71Tf4YmZfoGvN9FLw62a4aPnLgZa9KLdwLo -h -c arweave

> Balance: 1000000000000 Winston (1AR)

In order to withdraw your funds from Bundlr simply execute:

$ bundlr withdraw 500000000000 -h -w arweave.json -c arweave

> ? Confirmation: withdraw 500000000000 winston from (35jqt51H71Tf4YmZfoGvN9FLw62a4aPnLgZa9KLdwLo)?
> Y / N y
> Withdrawal request for 500000000000 winston successful
> Transaction ID: xcmxJmHyNS502fzqiT66rNeIOSldKGDWR8XsL9auDfs with network fee 1379016 for a total cost of 2858032

More information about the Bundlr CLI can be found here.

Store the keyfile in a secure location you will need it again later in the installation process.