The framework for Cosmos and Fantom based decentralized finance

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Deploy Your Own Xar Testnet

This document describes 3 ways to setup a network of xard nodes, each serving a different usecase:

  1. Single-node, local, manual testnet
  2. Multi-node, local, automated testnet
  3. Multi-node, remote, automated testnet

Supporting code can be found in the networks directory and additionally the local or remote sub-directories.

NOTE: The remote network bootstrapping may be out of sync with the latest releases and is not to be relied upon.

Available Docker images

In case you need to use or deploy xar as a container you could skip the build steps and use the official images, $TAG stands for the version you are interested in:

The same images can be used to build your own docker-compose stack.

Single-node, Local, Manual Testnet

This guide helps you create a single validator node that runs a network locally for testing and other development related uses.


Create Genesis File and Start the Network

# You can run all of these commands from your home directory
cd $HOME

# Initialize the genesis.json file that will help you to bootstrap the network
xard init --chain-id=testing testing

# Create a key to hold your validator account
xarcli keys add validator

# Add that key into the genesis.app_state.accounts array in the genesis file
# NOTE: this command lets you set the number of coins. Make sure this account has some coins
# with the genesis.app_state.staking.params.bond_denom denom, the default is staking
xard add-genesis-account $(xarcli keys show validator -a) 10000000000000uftm,10000000000ucsdt

# Generate the transaction that creates your validator
xard gentx --name validator --amount 1000000000ucsdt

# Add the generated bonding transaction to the genesis file
xard collect-gentxs

# Now its safe to start `xard`
xard start

This setup puts all the data for xard in ~/.xard. You can examine the genesis file you created at ~/.xard/config/genesis.json. With this configuration xarcli is also ready to use and has an account with tokens (both staking and custom).

Multi-node, Local, Automated Testnet

From the networks/local directory:



Build the xard binary (linux) and the tendermint/xardnode docker image required for running the localnet commands. This binary will be mounted into the container and can be updated rebuilding the image, so you only need to build the image once.

# Work from the SDK repo
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/xar-network/xar-network

# Build the linux binary in ./build
make build-linux

# Build tendermint/xardnode image
make build-docker-xardnode

Run Your Testnet

To start a 4 node testnet run:

make localnet-start

This command creates a 4-node network using the xardnode image. The ports for each node are found in this table:

Node ID P2P Port RPC Port
xarnode0 26656 26657
xarnode1 26659 26660
xarnode2 26661 26662
xarnode3 26663 26664

To update the binary, just rebuild it and restart the nodes:

make build-linux localnet-start


The make localnet-start creates files for a 4-node testnet in ./build by calling the xard testnet command. This outputs a handful of files in the ./build directory:

$ tree -L 2 build/
├── xarcli
├── xard
├── gentxs
│   ├── node0.json
│   ├── node1.json
│   ├── node2.json
│   └── node3.json
├── node0
│   ├── xarcli
│   │   ├── key_seed.json
│   │   └── keys
│   └── xard
│       ├── ${LOG:-xard.log}
│       ├── config
│       └── data
├── node1
│   ├── xarcli
│   │   └── key_seed.json
│   └── xard
│       ├── ${LOG:-xard.log}
│       ├── config
│       └── data
├── node2
│   ├── xarcli
│   │   └── key_seed.json
│   └── xard
│       ├── ${LOG:-xard.log}
│       ├── config
│       └── data
└── node3
    ├── xarcli
    │   └── key_seed.json
    └── xard
        ├── ${LOG:-xard.log}
        ├── config
        └── data

Each ./build/nodeN directory is mounted to the /xard directory in each container.


Logs are saved under each ./build/nodeN/xard/xar.log. You can also watch logs directly via Docker, for example:

docker logs -f xardnode0

Keys & Accounts

To interact with xarcli and start querying state or creating txs, you use the xarcli directory of any given node as your home, for example:

xarcli keys list --home ./build/node0/xarcli

Now that accounts exists, you may create new accounts and send those accounts funds!

::: tip Note: Each node’s seed is located at ./build/nodeN/xarcli/key_seed.json and can be restored to the CLI using the xarcli keys add --restore command :::

Special Binaries

If you have multiple binaries with different names, you can specify which one to run with the BINARY environment variable. The path of the binary is relative to the attached volume. For example:

# Run with custom binary
BINARY=xarfoo make localnet-start

Multi-Node, Remote, Automated Testnet

The following should be run from the networks directory.

Terraform & Ansible

Automated deployments are done using Terraform to create servers on AWS then Ansible to create and manage testnets on those servers.


export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID="2345234jk2lh4234"
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY="234jhkg234h52kh4g5khg34"
export TESTNET_NAME="remotenet"
export CLUSTER_NAME= "remotenetvalidators"
export SSH_PRIVATE_FILE="$HOME/.ssh/id_rsa"
export SSH_PUBLIC_FILE="$HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub"

These will be used by both terraform and ansible.

Create a Remote Network

SERVERS=1 REGION_LIMIT=1 make validators-start

The testnet name is what’s going to be used in –chain-id, while the cluster name is the administrative tag in AWS for the servers. The code will create SERVERS amount of servers in each availability zone up to the number of REGION_LIMITs, starting at us-east-2. (us-east-1 is excluded.) The below BaSH script does the same, but sometimes it’s more comfortable for input.

./new-testnet.sh "$TESTNET_NAME" "$CLUSTER_NAME" 1 1

Quickly see the /status Endpoint

make validators-status

Delete Servers

make validators-stop


You can ship logs to Logz.io, an Elastic stack (Elastic search, Logstash and Kibana) service provider. You can set up your nodes to log there automatically. Create an account and get your API key from the notes on this page, then:

yum install systemd-devel || echo "This will only work on RHEL-based systems."
apt-get install libsystemd-dev || echo "This will only work on Debian-based systems."

go get github.com/mheese/journalbeat
ansible-playbook -i inventory/digital_ocean.py -l remotenet logzio.yml -e LOGZIO_TOKEN=ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ012345


You can install the DataDog agent with:

make datadog-install