Miner Prerequisites


VM setup

The VM will not need a lot of resources to run a miner - the most resources will be consumed during the blockchain syncs (for both Bitcoin and Stacks). For this example, we'll be assuming a Debian host with x86_64 architecture (commands may also work on any Debian-derived distribution)

A single CPU system with at least 4GB of memory and 1TB of disk space should be considered the minimum required specs to run the miner.

VM Specs

  • Minimum CPU of: 1 vCPU

  • Minimum Memory of: 4GB Memory

  • Minimum Storage of: 1TB Disk to allow for chainstate growth

    • as of July 2022:

      • Bitcoin chainstate is roughly 420GB

      • Stacks chainstate is roughly 45GB

Disk Configuration

Two options here - either are fine but it's recommended to mount the chainstate from a separate disk that only contains the chainstate (option 1)

  1. Separate disks for chainstate(s) and OS:

    • mount a dedicated disk for bitcoin at /bitcoin of 1TB

    • mount a dedicated disk for stacks-blockchain at /stacks-blockchain of at least 100GB

    • root volume / of at least 25GB

  2. Combined Disk for all data:

    • root volume / of at least 1TB

Create the required directories:

$ sudo mkdir -p /bitcoin
$ sudo mkdir -p /stacks-blockchain
$ sudo mkdir -p /etc/bitcoin
$ sudo mkdir -p /etc/stacks-blockchain

If using mounted disks: mount the disks to each filesystem created above - edit /etc/fstab to automount these disks at boot.


/dev/xvdb1 /bitcoin xfs rw,relatime,attr2,inode64,noquota
/dev/xvdc1 /stacks-blockchain xfs rw,relatime,attr2,inode64,noquota

Mount the disks sudo mount -a

Scripted install

You can use the scripts/prerequisites.sh to install everything:

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://raw.githubusercontent.com/stacksfoundation/miner-docs/main/scripts/prerequisites.sh | bash

Install required packages

The following packages are required, and used by the rest of these docs

$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_16.x | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get install -y \
    build-essential \
    jq \
    netcat \
    nodejs \
    git \
    autoconf \
    libboost-system-dev \
    libboost-filesystem-dev \
    libboost-thread-dev \
    libboost-chrono-dev \
    libevent-dev \
    libzmq5 \
    libtool \
    m4 \
    automake \
    pkg-config \
    libtool \
    libboost-system-dev \
    libboost-filesystem-dev \
    libboost-chrono-dev \
    libboost-program-options-dev \
    libboost-test-dev \
    libboost-thread-dev \
$ curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh && source $HOME/.cargo/env
$ sudo npm install -g @stacks/cli rimraf shx

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