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What is a node?
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In Avalanche®, hundreds of nodes process and validate transactions simultaneously, which ensures a high level of decentralization without harming scalability.

What are the requirements to run a node?

Avalanche is an incredibly lightweight protocol, so nodes can run on commodity hardware. Note that as network usage increases, hardware requirements may change.

  • CPU: Equivalent of 8 AWS vCPU

  • RAM: 16 GiB

  • Storage: 1 TB

  • OS: Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 or MacOS >= Catalina

Note that HW requirements shall scale with the amount of AVAX staked on the node. Nodes with big stakes (100k+ AVAX) will need more powerful machines than listed and will use more bandwidth as well.

Options for building a node

  • Run an Avalanche Node using the Install Script

  • Run an avalanche node manually

  • Run an Avalanche Node in the Cloud (AWS, Azure, or Google cloud)

For any additional questions, please view our other knowledge base articles or contact a support team member via the chat button. Examples are for illustrative purposes only.

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