Reth - short for Rust Ethereum, is an Ethereum full node implementation that is focused on being user-friendly, highly modular, as well as being fast and efficient.

🚧 Reth is the bleeding edge of Ethereum EL clients. As alpha software, expect rapid change and proceed with caution. 🚧

1. Create service account and data directory

Create a service user for the execution service, create data directory and assign ownership.

sudo adduser --system --no-create-home --group execution
sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/reth
sudo chown -R execution:execution /var/lib/reth

Install dependencies.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install -y ccze jq curl

2. Install binaries

  • Downloading binaries is often faster and more convenient.

  • Building from source code can offer better compatibility and is more aligned with the spirit of FOSS (free open source software).

Option 1 - Download binaries
BINARIES_URL="$(curl -s $RELEASE_URL | jq -r ".assets[] | select(.name) | .browser_download_url" | grep x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.gz$)"

echo Downloading URL: $BINARIES_URL

cd $HOME
wget -O reth.tar.gz $BINARIES_URL
tar -xzvf reth.tar.gz -C $HOME
rm reth.tar.gz

Install the binaries and display the version.

sudo mv $HOME/reth /usr/local/bin
reth --version
Option 2 - Build from source code

Install rust dependency

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

When prompted, enter '1' to proceed with the default install.

Update your environment variables.

echo export PATH="$HOME/.cargo/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Install rust dependencies.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install -y git libclang-dev pkg-config build-essential

Build the binaries.

mkdir -p ~/git
cd ~/git
git clone
cd reth
git fetch --tags
# Get latest tag name
latestTag=$(git describe --tags `git rev-list --tags --max-count=1`)
# Checkout latest tag
git checkout $latestTag
# Build the release
cargo build --release

In case of compilation errors, run the following sequence.

rustup update
cargo clean
cargo build --release

Verify Reth was built properly by checking the version number.

~/git/reth/target/release/reth --version

Install the binary.

sudo cp ~/git/reth/target/release/reth /usr/local/bin

3. Setup and configure systemd

Create a systemd unit file to define your execution.service configuration.

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/execution.service

Paste the following configuration into the file.

Description=Reth Execution Layer Client service for Holesky

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/reth node \
    --full \
    --chain holesky \
    --datadir=/var/lib/reth \
    --metrics \
    --port 30303 \
    --http \
    --http.port 8545 \
    --http.api="rpc,eth,web3,net,debug" \ \
    --max-outbound-peers 25 \
    --max-inbound-peers 25 \

To exit and save, press Ctrl + X, then Y, then Enter.

Run the following to enable auto-start at boot time.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable execution

Finally, start your execution layer client and check it's status.

sudo systemctl start execution
sudo systemctl status execution

Press Ctrl + C to exit the status.

4. Helpful execution client commands

sudo journalctl -fu execution | ccze

A properly functioning Reth execution client will indicate "Block added to canonical chain". For example,

INFO reth::node::events: Forkchoice updated head_block_hash=2317ae..c41107 safe_block_hash=ab173f..33a21b finalized_block_hash=ab173f..33a21b status=Valid
INFO reth::node::events: Block added to canonical chain number=16000 hash=2317ae..c41107
INFO reth::node::events: Canonical chain committed number=16000 hash=2317ae..c41107 elapsed=12.508272ms

Now that your execution client is configured and started, proceed to the next step on setting up your consensus client.

If you're checking the logs and see any warnings or errors, please be patient as these will normally resolve once both your execution and consensus clients are fully synced to the Ethereum network.

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