Register Validator

# Register Validator

This guide is for the manually deployed validator.

To register the validator of the appchain, the validator need to complete the operations of registering the validator and setting the Session Key.

# Register validator

To register validator with the NEAR CLI via the following steps:

  1. Install NEAR CLI.

Note: Make sure you have a current version of npm and NodeJS installed.

npm install -g near-cli

For more details, please refer to the NEAR CLI installation (opens new window).

  1. Log in with your NEAR account

Note: The default network for near-cli is testnet.

# change the network to mainnet
export NEAR_ENV=mainnet
near login

Once complete, you will now have your Access Key stored locally in a hidden directory called .near-credentials. For more details, please refer to the NEAR login (opens new window)

  1. Execute the command to register validator, the parameters are described as follows:
  • ANCHOR_ACCOUNT_ID and receiver_id, the validator can get the anchor contract account on each Appchain page anchor contract
  • amount, the amount of staking OCT by the validator and its decimal is 18;
  • validator_id_in_appchain, the hex format of the validator appchain account which is generated in the step Generate Validator Account, and you can use this online tool (opens new window) and select AccountId to Hex to convert the appchain account to its hex format. validator account2hex
  • can_be_delegated_to, select whether the validator node accepts delegator delegation;
  • socialMediaHandle, the social media account of the validator, e.g. Twitter account;
  • email, the contact email of the validator;

Take Fusotao as an example.

export NEAR_ENV=mainnet
export OCT_TOKEN_ACCOUNT_ID=f5cfbc74057c610c8ef151a439252680ac68c6dc.factory.bridge.near
export ANCHOR_ACCOUNT_ID=fusotao.octopus-registry.near
export NEAR_ACCOUNT=<Validator NEAR account>
# example command
near call $OCT_TOKEN_ACCOUNT_ID ft_transfer_call '{"receiver_id": "'$ANCHOR_ACCOUNT_ID'", "amount": "50000000000000000000000", "msg": "{\"RegisterValidator\":{\"validator_id_in_appchain\":\"0x8ae069276758896df311289f09e272ccba806e090afaed8a1f30905833e9903f\",\"can_be_delegated_to\":false,\"profile\":{\"socialMediaHandle\":\"@oct_network\",\"email\":\"\"}}}"}' --accountId $NEAR_ACCOUNT --amount 0.000000000000000000000001 --gas 200000000000000

After successful registration, please wait for about 1~2 minutes, and the validator's appchain account will receive one appchain native token which used for the next step.

# Set Session Key

Set the Session keys by submitting the setKeys transaction via the PolkadotJS-APPS RPC.

Attach the PolkadotJS-Apps explorer (opens new window) to the appchain gateway node, the validator can configure the custom endpoint with the appchain RPC Endpoit in the Settings tab.

RPC Endpoit

Once ensuring that you have connected to appchain RPC endpoit, navigate to Developer tab and select Extrinsics then select the appchain account which you filled in the Register validator step, and select the session > setKeys(keys, proof), input result content as keys, input 0x0 as proof, finally, submit the transaction.

The content of the result field that you get from the Generate Session Keys step is combined session keys, you can split them into five sub-keys: babe, grandpa, imOnline, beefy and octopus. The only beefy key is 66 characters, and the other keys are 64 characters.

For example:


To split the results into the five keys.

babe: 0xfad5435bc733bee08a07bd61472248b326155b76deab2a48b359dac58a61cf2f
grandpa: 0x886a61d6ebf6bcfa4b9764d65ac37c441033a217bdfdb631e3dd7ba8c490ee69
imOnline: 0x562beb97916e3946f3ff866e6abde0f6e3a7fe836e4b8e92e02462e5d2d34d3a
beefy: 0x0329a845da6531bc089b0e92baa52fa976dcd496337f25b03924898ffb6bcbe604
octopus: 0xae358fd95cbca65348c8e471cb36a2dd04e7d366a815d496e522f03536715727

validator set sessionkey

# Check Session key

Open the PolkadotJS-Apps (opens new window), the validator can configure the custom endpoint with the appchain RPC Endpoit.

RPC Endpoit

Once ensuring that you have connected to appchain RPC endpoit, navigate to Developer tab and select Chain State then select the session > nextKeys(AccountId32) option, and select your validator account, and then click +.

check session keys

Check whether the return value is consistent with the Session keys you have set.

The validator will be added into the next round of validator sets after waiting for a reward cycle (~1 day).

Congratulations! If you have followed all of these steps, and been selected to be a part of the validator set, you are now running a appchain validator! Welcome to join the validator/delegator Discord channel via clicking the button on each Appchain page.


Last Updated: 5/12/2023, 7:53:26 AM