Tron Node Setup Guide

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to set up and run a node on the Tron blockchain.


Before setting up a Tron node, ensure you meet the following requirements:

  • Hardware: Adequate hardware is crucial for running a node. This typically includes a modern multi-core processor, 16GB of RAM (minimum), and at least 500GB of SSD storage for optimal performance.
  • Internet: A stable and fast internet connection with unlimited bandwidth is recommended since nodes need to stay connected to the network 24/7.
  • Operating System: Most nodes run on Unix-like operating systems, such as Ubuntu or CentOS.

Setting Up a Tron Node

  1. Install Java: Tron nodes run on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), so the first step is to install Java. It’s recommended to use Java 1.8.
  2. Download the Tron Software: You can download the official Tron software from the Tron Foundation's GitHub repository. Clone the repository or download the latest release.
    git clone
  3. Build the Software: Navigate into the cloned or downloaded directory and use Gradle to build the project.
    cd java-tron
    ./gradlew build
  4. Configure Your Node: Configuration of your node is done in the config.conf file. You’ll need to set parameters like your node's private key (for a witness node), network settings, and database configuration. You can choose to participate in the mainnet or in a testnet for testing purposes.
  5. Start the Node: Once configured, you can start your node. How you start the node will depend on whether you're connecting to the mainnet or a testnet. For the mainnet, you would typically run:
    java -jar FullNode.jar -c config.conf

Maintenance and Monitoring

Running a node also involves regularly monitoring its performance and updating the software when new releases are made available by the Tron Foundation. Monitoring can help identify issues like memory leaks, slow internet connections, or synchronization problems with the blockchain.

Advanced Configuration

Participate as a Witness Node: If you want to participate in block production as a Super Representative candidate, additional configuration and substantial community support (via voting) are needed.

Secure the Node: Security practices such as setting up firewalls, using secure SSH practices, and regular security audits are essential to protect your node from attacks.

By running a Tron node, you contribute to the decentralization and security of the network while gaining the opportunity to be more actively involved in the Tron ecosystem. Remember, running a full node comes with responsibilities and requires a commitment to maintain and monitor the node effectively.