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Validator Requirements

Requirements to Run a Validator

Hardware Requirements

Avalanche is an incredibly lightweight protocol, so nodes can run on commodity hardware with the following minimum specifications.

  • CPU: Equivalent of 8 AWS vCPU
  • RAM: 16 GiB
  • Storage: 1 TiB
  • OS: Ubuntu 20.04 or MacOS >= 12
  • Network: sustained 5Mbps up/down bandwidth

The node should be configured to accept incoming TCP/IP connections on port9651.

Hardware requirements may scale based on the amount of AVAX staked on the node and network activity. Nodes with significant stakes (100k+ AVAX) may need hardware that exceeds the listed specifications and may also use more bandwidth.

Stake Requirements

In addition to the hardware, running a validator on Beam requires holding a minimum amount of AVAX and BEAM tokens. Specifically, you'll need at least 2000 AVAX tokens and tbd BEAM.

The AVAX tokens need to be staked for a minimum period of 2 weeks and a maximum of 1 year.

Next Steps

If you are sure to meet all the requirements you can now go ahead and add your node as a validator.