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Updated on November 18, 2020

validator-client, vc

Run a validator client that connects to a remote beacon node. To use the validator-client subcommand run:

teku validator-client [options]

Or:

teku vc [options]

You can also supply the subcommand options using environment variables or a configuration file.

Options

beacon-node-api-endpoint

teku vc --beacon-node-api-endpoint=<ENDPOINT>
teku vc --beacon-node-api-endpoint=http://192.138.10.12
TEKU_BEACON_NODE_ENDPOINT=http://192.138.10.12
beacon-node-api-endpoint: "http://192.138.10.12"

Endpoint of the beacon node’s REST API. Default is http://127.0.0.1:5051.

config-file

teku vc --config-file=<FILE>
teku vc --config-file=/home/me/me_node/config.yaml
TEKU_CONFIG_FILE=/home/me/me_node/config.yaml

The path to the YAML configuration file. The default is none.

data-base-path, data-path

teku vc --data-base-path=<PATH>
teku vc --data-base-path=/home/me/me_node
TEKU_DATA_BASE_PATH=/home/me/me_node
data-base-path: "/home/me/me_node"

The path to the Teku base directory for storage. The default directory is OS dependent:

  • macOS: ~/Library/teku
  • Unix/Linux: $XDG_DATA_HOME/teku if $XDG_DATA_HOME is set; otherwise ~/.local/share/teku
  • Windows: %localappdata%\teku.

The default Docker image location is /root/.local/share/teku.

data-validator-path

teku vc --data-validator-path=<PATH>
teku vc --data-validator-path=/home/me/me_validator
TEKU_DATA_VALIDATOR_PATH=/home/me/me_validator
data-validator-path: "/home/me/me_validator"

Path to the validator client data. Defaults to <data-base-path>/validator where <data-base-path> is specified using --data-base-path.

initial-state

teku vc --initial-state=<FILE>
teku vc --initial-state=/home/me/genesis.ssz
TEKU_INITIAL_STATE=/home/me/genesis.ssz
initial-state: "/home/me/genesis.ssz"

Path or URL to the network genesis file.

This option does not need to be specified if the initial state is provided by the network specified using the --network option.

log-color-enabled

teku vc --log-color-enabled[=<BOOLEAN>]
teku vc --log-color-enabled=false
TEKU_LOG_COLOR_ENABLED=false
log-color-enabled: false

Specify whether status and event log messages include a console color display code. Defaults to true.

log-destination

teku vc --log-destination=<LOG_DESTINATION>
teku vc --log-destination=CONSOLE
TEKU_LOG_DESTINATION=CONSOLE
log-destination: "CONSOLE"

Specify where to output log information. Valid options are:

  • BOTH
  • CONSOLE
  • DEFAULT_BOTH
  • FILE

Defaults to DEFAULT_BOTH. When using BOTH or DEFAULT_BOTH, system updates such as blockchain events are displayed on the console, and errors and other information are logged to a file. Specify the log file with the --log-file command-line option.

For production systems we recommend using the CONSOLE or FILE options to ensure all log information is available in one place.

Note

Use DEFAULT_BOTH when using a custom Log4J2 configuration file. Any other option applies the custom logging changes on top of its default settings.

log-file

teku vc --log-file=<FILENAME>
teku vc --log-file=teku_2020-01-01.log
TEKU_LOG_FILE=teku_2020-01-01.log
log-file: "teku_2020-01-01.log"

Relative or absolute location, and filename of the log file.

The default directory is OS dependent:

  • macOS: ~/Library/teku/logs
  • Unix/Linux: $XDG_DATA_HOME/teku/logs if $XDG_DATA_HOME is set; otherwise ~/.local/share/teku/logs
  • Windows: %localappdata%\teku\logs

The default Docker image location is /root/.local/share/teku/logs.

log-file-name-pattern

teku vc --log-file-name-pattern=<REGEX>
teku vc --log-file-name-pattern=tekuL_%d{yyyy-MM-dd}.log
TEKU_LOG_FILE_NAME_PATTERN=tekuL_%d{yyyy-MM-dd}.log
log-file-name-pattern: "tekuL_%d{yyyy-MM-dd}.log"

Filename pattern to apply when creating log files.

log-include-events-enabled

teku vc --log-include-events-enabled[=<BOOLEAN>]
teku vc --log-include-events-enabled=false
TEKU_LOG_INCLUDE_EVENTS_ENABLED=false
log-include-events-enabled: false

Specify whether to log frequent update events. For example every slot event with validators and attestations. Defaults to true.

log-include-validator-duties-enabled

teku vc --log-include-validator-duties-enabled[=<BOOLEAN>]
teku vc --log-include-validator-duties-enabled=true
TEKU_LOG_INCLUDE_VALIDATOR_DUTIES_ENABLED=true
log-include-validator-duties-enabled: true

Specify whether to log details of validator event duties. Defaults to false.

Note

Logs could become noisy when running many validators.

metrics-enabled

teku vc --metrics-enabled[=<BOOLEAN>]
teku vc --metrics-enabled=true
TEKU_METRICS_ENABLED=true
metrics-enabled: true

Set to true to enable the metrics exporter. The default is false.

metrics-host-allowlist

teku vc --metrics-host-allowlist=<hostname>[,<hostname>...]... or "*"
teku vc --metrics-host-allowlist=medomain.com,meotherdomain.com
TEKU_METRICS_HOST_ALLOWLIST=medomain.com,meotherdomain.com
metrics-host-allowlist: ["medomain.com", "meotherdomain.com"]

A comma-separated list of hostnames to allow access to the [Teku metrics]. By default, Teku accepts access from localhost and 127.0.0.1.

Tip

To allow all hostnames, use "*". We don’t recommend allowing all hostnames for production environments.

metrics-categories

teku vc --metrics-categories=<CATEGORY>[,<CATEGORY>...]...
teku vc --metrics-categories=BEACON,JVM,PROCESS
TEKU_METRICS_CATEGORIES=BEACON,JVM,PROCESS
metrics-categories: ["BEACON", "JVM", "PROCESS"]

Categories for which to track metrics. Options are JVM, PROCESS, BEACON, EVENTBUS, EXECUTOR, LIBP2P, NETWORK, STORAGE, STORAGE_HOT_DB, STORAGE_FINALIZED_DB, REMOTE_VALIDATOR, VALIDATOR, VALIDATOR_PERFORMANCE. All categories are enabled by default.

metrics-interface

teku vc --metrics-interface=<HOST>
teku vc --metrics-interface=192.168.10.101
TEKU_METRICS_INTERFACE=192.168.10.101
metrics-interface: "192.168.10.101"

Host on which Prometheus accesses Teku metrics. The default is 0.0.0.0.

metrics-port

teku vc --metrics-port=<PORT>
teku vc --metrics-port=6174
TEKU_METRICS_PORT=6174
metrics-port: 6174

Specifies the port (TCP) on which Prometheus accesses Teku metrics. The default is 8008.

network

teku vc --network=<NETWORK>
teku vc --network=mainnet
TEKU_NETWORK=mainnet
network: "mainnet"

Predefined network configuration. Accepts a predefined network name, or file path or URL to a YAML configuration file. The default is mainnet.

Possible values are:

Network Chain Type Description
mainnet Eth 2.0 Production Main network.
altona Eth 2.0 Test Multi-client testnet maintained by the Goerli testnet initiative.
medalla Eth 2.0 Test Multi-client testnet maintained by the Goerli testnet initiative.
minimal Eth 2.0 Test Used for local testing and development networks.
pyrmont Eth 2.0 Test Multi-client testnet maintained by the Goerli testnet initiative.

Predefined networks can provide defaults such the initial state of the network, bootnodes, and the address of the Ethereum 1.0 deposit contract.

validator-keys

teku vc --validator-keys=<KEY_DIR>:<PASS_DIR> | <KEY_FILE>:<PASS_FILE>[,<KEY_DIR>:<PASS_DIR> | <KEY_FILE>:<PASS_FILE>...]...
teku vc --validator-keys=/home/validator/keys:home/validator/passwords
teku vc --validator-keys=/home/validator/keys/validator_217179e.json:/home/validator/passwords/validator_217179e.txt
TEKU_VALIDATOR_KEYS=/home/validator/keys:home/validator/passwords
validator-keys: "/home/validator/keys:home/validator/passwords"

Directory or file to load the encrypted keystore file(s) and associated password file(s) from. Keystore files must use the .json file extension, and password files must use the .txt file extension.

When specifying directories, Teku expects to find identically named keystore and password files. For example validator_217179e.json and validator_217179e.txt.

When specifying file names, Teku expects that the files exist.

Note

The path separator is operating system dependent, and should be ; in Windows rather than :.

validators-external-signer-public-keys

teku vc --validators-external-signer-public-keys=<KEY>[,<KEY>...]
teku vc --validators-external-signer-public-keys=0xa99a...e44c,0xb89b...4a0b
TEKU_VALIDATORS_EXTERNAL_SIGNER_PUBLIC_KEYS=0xa99a...e44c,0xb89b...4a0b
validators-external-signer-public-keys: ["0xa99a...e44c","0xb89b...4a0b"]

List of validator public keys used by an external signer (for example, Web3Signer).

validators-external-signer-slashing-protection-enabled

teku vc --validators-external-signer-slashing-protection-enabled[=<BOOLEAN>]
teku vc --validators-external-signer-slashing-protection-enabled=false
TEKU_VALIDATORS_EXTERNAL_SIGNER_SLASHING_PROTECTION_ENABLED=false
validators-external-signer-slashing-protection-enabled: false

Specify whether to use Teku’s built-in slashing protection when using an external signer such as Web3Signer. Defaults to true.

Set this option to false if using the slashing protection implemented by an external signer.

Warning

Ensure the external signer has slashing protection enabled before disabling Teku slashing protection, otherwise a validator may get slashed.

Built-in slashing protection can only be disabled for validators using external signers. Validators using Teku to sign blocks and attestations always uses its built-in slashing protection.

validators-external-signer-timeout

teku vc --validators-external-signer-timeout=<INTEGER>
teku vc --validators-external-signer-timeout=2000
TEKU_VALIDATORS_EXTERNAL_SIGNER_TIMEOUT=2000
validators-external-signer-timeout: 2000

Timeout in milliseconds for requests to the external signer. Default is 1000.

validators-external-signer-url

teku vc --validators-external-signer-url=<URL>
teku vc --validators-external-signer-url=http://localhost:9000
TEKU_VALIDATORS_EXTERNAL_SIGNER_URL=http://localhost:9000
validators-external-signer-url: "http://localhost:9000"

URL on which the external signer (for example, Web3Signer) is running.

validators-graffiti

teku vc --validators-graffiti=<STRING>
teku vc --validators-graffiti="Teku validator"
TEKU_VALIDATORS_GRAFFITI="Teku validator"
validators-graffiti: "Teku validator"

Graffiti to add when creating a block. Gets converted to bytes and padded to Bytes32.

The same graffiti is used for all validators started with this beacon node.

validators-keystore-locking-enabled

teku vc --validators-keystore-locking-enabled=<BOOLEAN>
teku vc --validators-keystore-locking-enabled=true
TEKU_VALIDATORS_KEYSTORE_LOCKING_ENABLED=true
validators-keystore-locking-enabled: true

Locks the keystore files listed in --validator-keys. Defaults to true.

Attempts to lock all keystores in a directory if a directory is specified in --validator-keys.

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