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Guide Version 1 | How to setup a validator for Ethereum staking on MAINNET

Become a validator, start staking and help secure Ethereum, a proof-of-stake blockchain. Anyone with 32 ETH can join.


As of July 4 2023, this is the V1 MAINNET guide written for post-🦉Shapella🦉
Archived here, this guide is for historical reference purposes.
New staking setups should follow the V2 guides.​
Always test and practice on testnet first. See GOERLI testnet guide.

About This Guide

The How to Setup a Validator for Ethereum Staking guide aims to give you complete, step-by-step instructions to implement and maintain a secure Ethereum Staking Node using the currently recommended software versions.
The guide includes the following parts:
  • Part I - Installation describes in 5 steps how to setup your staking node.
  • Part II - Maintenance explains ongoing tasks you'll require to keep your staking node in great shape and up-to-date.
  • Part III - Tips contains additional procedures to simplify managing your staking node.

Your Github Contributions Welcome

This guide is fully open source and fully powered by home-stakers like you.
Pull requests or issues can be submitted on github:

Built by home-stakers for home-stakers.