Launch and connect your AWS Instance

Want to help build the privacy layer of the decentralized web and earn rewards? Validators are essential to the security and robustness of the Incognito chain.

This October, Incognito will launch Node Device, its own plug-and-play staking hardware. For now, you can get a head start by running a virtual node on your computer, or on a cloud instance such as AWS. Just follow the instructions below.

Incognito is currently running on the testnet. Block rewards are being paid out in testnet PRV, and will be converted to mainnet PRV at a fixed rate.


Questions? Reach us on Telegram or email us at go@incognito.org.

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Log in your AWS account

Register one if you don't have (https://aws.amazon.com/)

On top left bar, choose Services > Compute> EC2
Launch Instance
Choose Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS (HVM), SSD Volume Type

Either x86 or Arm is fine

Choose instance type "t3a.xlarge"

Click “Next: Configure Instance Details” at the bottom right of the page

Nothing to change here, so click “Next: Add Storage”

Change size Gib into 60

Click Add Tag. There's nothing to add here so lick Next: Configure Security Group

Click "Add Rule"

Please add the following 2 port: TCP 9334 and TCP 9433.
To add, please click "Add Rule", then:
- For Type, select "Custom TCP Rule"
- Input port number: 9334, 9433
- For Source, Anywhere 0.0.0.0/0

Then click "Review and Launch"

Download Key Pair

In the pop up window, please elect “Create a new key pair” and then enter a name that you like, for example "incognitokey".

Click “Download Key Pair” and save it somewhere safe.

Click “Launch Instances”.

Click “View Instances”

Connect to instance

Right click at the Running status, then select "Connect"

Follow the step in the screenshot

  • Open SSH client
  • Local you Key File at Step 8
  • this command:

    chmod 400 (eg: chmod 400 incogintokey.pem)

After that run this command:

ssh -i "file" ec2-user@ec2-13-58-138-9.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com

This is the IP address to run your Virtual Node