Run SBP node on Ubuntu 16.04


This article explains how to run SBP node on ubuntu 16.04. All steps have been tested on ubuntu 16.04.

Install gvite

Install from a binary package

## Download
curl -L -O
## Unpack
tar -xzvf gvite-1.0.2-linux.tar.gz
## Rename the extracted folder to vite then enter it. You should see 3 files: gvite, bootstrap and node_config.json
mv gvite-1.0.2-linux vite
cd vite
## Start-up

Check if gvite service is started

Check the content of gvite.log in the same folder to determine whether the program boots normally.

cat gvite.log

The following messages indicate that the startup is successful.

t=2018-11-09T17:44:48+0800 lvl=info msg=NodeServer.DataDir:/home/ubuntu/.gvite/testdata module=gvite/node_manager
t=2018-11-09T17:44:48+0800 lvl=info msg=NodeServer.KeyStoreDir:/home/ubuntu/.gvite/testdata/wallet module=gvite/node_manager
Prepare the Node success!!!
Start the Node success!!!

Obtain the path of installation directory


Please write down the path, which will be used later

For example, if you are logged in as the root user, the installation directory is:


Create wallet

Connect full node in command line

Enter full node installation directory and execute the following command:

./gvite attach ~/.gvite/testdata/gvite.ipc

Below output indicates the full node has been connected successfully:

INFO[11-12|16:47:07] cannot read the config file, will use the default config module=config error="open vite.config.json: no such file or directory"
INFO[11-12|16:47:07]                                          monitor-log=/home/ubuntu/go-vite/backend-log/backend.log.30693
Welcome to the Gvite JavaScript console!

Create a new wallet



Here 123456 is the password for the keystore, you should replace it with your own password.

    "jsonrpc": "2.0", 
    "id": 1, 
    "result": {
        "mnemonic": "ancient rat fish intact viable flower now rebuild monkey add moral injury banana crash rabbit awful boat broom sphere welcome action exhibit job flavor", 
        "primaryAddr": "vite_f1c2d944b1e5b8cbfcd5f90f94a0e877beafeced1f331d9acf", 
        "filename": "~/.gvite/testdata/wallet/vite_f1c2d944b1e5b8cbfcd5f90f94a0e877beafeced1f331d9acf"
  • mnemonic: Mnemonic words, very important. Please keep in safe
  • primaryAddr: The first Vite address corresponding to the mnemonic
  • filename: The location of the keyStore file where the mnemonic is saved, must be specified in mining

Run exit to abort

Check if the wallet has been created successfully

ls ~/.gvite/testdata/wallet/

Have following result:


vite_065f8e8ed83dcd581bfb925ff285268d28ead80a9fc92ff083 is the address created above. Multiple addresses will be displayed here if more than one keystore have been created.

Edit node_config.json

vi node_config.json

Edit following content:

        "Miner": true,
        "CoinBase": "0:your_address",
        "EntropyStorePath": "your_address",
        "EntropyStorePassword": "your_password",
  • your_address: Your wallet address created above, will be used in mining
  • your_password: Your wallet password

Save and quit

Reboot full node

Kill gvite process

ps -efww|grep -w 'gvite'|grep -v grep|cut -c 9-15|xargs kill -9



Check if gvite is rebooted successfully

ps -efww|grep -w 'gvite'

Below output indicates reboot is completed successfully:

root      6560  5939  0 12:29 pts/1    00:00:00 grep --color=auto -w gvite

Query current node height in command line

  ./gvite attach ~/.gvite/testdata/gvite.ipc





499967 is current block height.

For more command usage please run

Set gvite to start on boot

Create auto-start config file

sudo touch /etc/systemd/system/vite.service   
sudo chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/vite.service   
sudo vi /etc/systemd/system/vite.service   

Edit as below:

Description=GVite node service



If the gvite installation path is /root/vite, path_to_gvite is /root/vite/bootstrap

Start gvite as auto-boot service


## Navigate to gvite installation directory, and make sure it contains gvite and node_config.json
cd vite
## Copy below script content into


set -e


echo "install config to "$CONF_DIR

sudo mkdir -p $CONF_DIR
sudo cp $CUR_DIR/node_config.json $CONF_DIR
ls  $CONF_DIR/node_config.json

echo "install executable file to "$BIN_DIR
sudo mkdir -p $BIN_DIR
mkdir -p $LOG_DIR
sudo cp $CUR_DIR/gvite $BIN_DIR

echo '#!/bin/bash
exec '$BIN_DIR/gvite' -pprof -config '$CONF_DIR/node_config.json' >> '$LOG_DIR/std.log' 2>&1' | sudo tee $BIN_DIR/gvited > /dev/null

sudo chmod +x $BIN_DIR/gvited

ls  $BIN_DIR/gvite
ls  $BIN_DIR/gvited

echo "config vite service boot."

echo '[Unit]
Description=GVite node service


[Install]' | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/vite.service>/dev/null

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
## Grant execution permission
sudo chmod +x

Run and set auto-start

## Run

## Set auto-start
sudo systemctl enable vite

Start gvite as service

## Kill original gvite process
pgrep gvite | xargs kill -s 9

## Check result
ps -ef | grep gvite

## Start gvite service
sudo service vite start

## Check result
ps -ef | grep gvite

## Check service status
sudo service vite status

## Check boot log
tail -n200 ~/.gvite/std.log

Below message will be displayed if the service has been started up successfully:

vite.service - GVite node service
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/vite.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2018-11-22 21:23:30 CST; 1s ago
 Main PID: 15872 (gvite)
    Tasks: 7
   Memory: 12.1M
      CPU: 116ms
   CGroup: /system.slice/vite.service
           └─15872 /usr/local/vite/gvite -pprof -config /etc/vite/node_config.json

Nov 22 21:23:30 ubuntu systemd[1]: Started GVite node service.
## Shut down gvite service
sudo service vite stop

!!! Gvite service config is located in /etc/vite. Gvite console messages are logged in $HOME/.gvite/std.log.


Enter gvite command line using script

Edit ~/.bashrc

vi ~/.bashrc

Add following content then save & quit

alias vite="~/vite/gvite attach ~/.gvite/testdata/gvite.ipc"


source ~/.bashrc

Then execute


Now you are in gvite command line. Have fun.

INFO[11-15|12:54:38]                                          monitor-log=/root/go-vite/backend-log/backend.log.9104
this vite node`s git GO version is  7aa4ebc97dfb1d9be4cdd812bd68170b13de59f5
Welcome to the Gvite JavaScript console!

Periodically output current block height

Execute below command in gvite command line:

setInterval(function(){vite.ledger_getSnapshotChainHeight();}, 1000)

Current block height will be printed out every second. Use exit to abort.