Setting up a Solana Validator - Part 1

December 3, 2023

Setting up a Solana Validator has been in my mind for at least a couple of years. And since I'm an experienced RPC node operator and I'm looking for a fun project to hack on, I decided to give it a try.

This is not a tutorial; instead, it is more of a diary. I will not go into detail on how to do things. However, I will try to link any resources I find useful.

Based on my current knowledge, I know that the main difference is that this node will be a "voting" node instead of a "non-voting" one and that I will have to stake some SOL.

This means that I will have to set up some kind of voting account, and I won't be using CLI flags like --no-voting or --full-rpc-api, along with many others that I use for RPC or Geyser nodes.

It seems like the official documentation [1] has enough information. I will start there and update the blog as I go.