Run a Node on Windows

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This doc is written for developers, sysadmins, DevOps, or curious people who want to know how to run a NEAR node using nearup on Windows.

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nearup Installation

You can install nearup by following the instructions at

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The README for `nearup` (linked above) may be **all you need to get a node up and running** in `testnet` and `localnet`. `nearup` is exclusively used to launch NEAR `testnet` and `localnet` nodes. `nearup` is not used to launch `mainnet` nodes. See [Deploy Node on Mainnet](deploy-on-mainnet) for running a node on `mainnet`.

  1. If Windows Subsystem for Linux is not enabled, open PowerShell as administrator and run:
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

    Then restart your computer.

  2. Go to your Microsoft Store and look for Ubuntu; this is the Ubuntu Terminal instance. Install and launch it.
  3. Now you might be asked for username and password, do not use admin as username.
  4. Your Ubuntu Instance need initial before next steps
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config libssl-dev
  5. You need to install OpenSSL, which you will need to run the node. To download OpenSSL, please run the following commands in the Ubuntu Terminal:
    cd /tmp
    tar xvf openssl-1.1.1.tar.gz
  6. After it finished downloading OpenSSL, run the following commands to install:
    cd openssl-1.1.1
    sudo ./config -Wl,--enable-new-dtags,-rpath,'$(LIBRPATH)'
    sudo make
    sudo make install

    The files will be under the following directory: /usr/local/ssl.

  7. Once this is finished, you have to ensure that Ubuntu is going to use the right version of OpenSSL. Now update the path for man pages and binaries. Run the following command:
    cd ../..
    sudo nano /etc/manpath.config
  8. A text file will open, add the following line:
    MANPATH_MAP     /usr/local/ssl/bin      /usr/local/ssl/man

    Once this is done press ctrl + o . It will ask you to save the file, just press enter. Now press ctrl + x to exit.

  9. To make sure that OpenSSL is installed run:
    openssl version -v

    This should show you the installed version. More info on this can be found here. (

  10. Now you have to run the following commands to install all nessesary software and dependencies:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install -y git jq binutils-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev zlib1g-dev libdw-dev libiberty-dev cmake gcc g++ protobuf-compiler python3 python3-pip llvm clang

    Install Rustup

    curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh
    source $HOME/.cargo/env
    rustup default nightly

    Great! All set to get the node up and running!

  11. Clone the github nearcore

    First we need to check a version which is currently working in testnet:

    curl -s | jq .version

    You’ll get something like this: "1.13.0-rc.2". "1.13.0" is a branch which we need to clone to build our node for testnet.

    git clone --branch 1.13.0
  12. This created a nearcore directory, change into that one and build a noce:
    cd nearcore
    make neard
  13. Install nearup
    pip3 install --user nearup
    export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH"
  14. Final: And now run the testnet:
    nearup run testnet --binary-path ~/nearcore/target/release/neard

    To be sure node is running you can check logs

    nearup logs --follow

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