How to operate my own Echo node

To begin with, you need to build the project.

Then, we can start echo_node and interact with this node using RPC requests over HTTP or WebSocket. For it, you can use echo_wallet or a third-party program like curl or wscat.

Start node

You can start a node with different parameters. The parameters are passed using the command-line or the configuration file.

Command-line syntax

./echo_node --key1=value1 --key2 value2 -k v --key3=["value1", "value2"]

Configure file syntax

# this is comment
key = value

key is the argument without a dash

Launch echo_node with registrator account

Registrar account have opportunity to register other accounts. For lauching should be specified --account-info argument with pair of account id and public key and specified --registrar-account argument with account id.

> ./echo_node --account-info ["1.2.6", "5JwnAdjJWufcv5c2xiEy1Ht8JUfND3o232JTbL2kze4TLhCJEcC"] --registrar-account "1.2.6"

Decrese memory usage

To decrese memory usage specify some history plugin arguments.

For example you may track only certain contracts or accounts and store not all their history, but only last certain number of operations. Also history plugin stores the least information about transactions(block number, inxed in block, id of transaction). --max-transaction-ids-to-store is used to regulate amount of stored transaction_info.

> ./echo_node --track-contract "1.11.1" --track-contract "1.11.2" --track-account "1.2.18" --max-ops-per-contract 100 --max-ops-per-account 100 --max-transaction-ids-to-store 1000

By default echo_node track all accounts and contracts and store all history and all transactions.

Arguments: description and examples

> ./echo_node -h

Change data directory path

The data directory contains the configure file, databases, and more.

> ./echo_node -d /tmp/echo_dir
> ./echo_node --datadir /tmp/echo_dir

Activate the testnet options

> ./echo_node --testnet

Activate the Devnet options

> ./echo_node --devnet
> ./echo_node -v
> ./echo_node --version

Encrypt keys

Run interactive mode to encrypt keys and save them in keys file.

> ./echo_node --configure-keys

Config seeds only

Use the config seed only (do not use built-in and received seeds).

> ./echo_node --config-seeds-only

Create genesis json

Create a genesis.json at corresponding datadir. Depending on which options preset is selected (mainnet or testnet) it will output different Genesis State.

> ./echo_node --testnet --create-genesis-json --data-dir datadir

Create example genesis json

Path to create an example Genesis State at. If a well-formed JSON file exists at the path, it will be parsed and any missing fields in a Genesis State will be added, and any unknown fields will be removed. If no file or an invalid file is found, it will be replaced with an example Genesis State.

> ./echo_node --example-genesis-json /tmp/echo_dir

Replay blockchain

Rebuild object graph by replaying all blocks.

> ./echo_node --replay-blockchain

Resync blockchain

Delete all blocks and re-sync with network from scratch.

> ./echo_node --resync-blockchain

Force validate

Force validation of all transactions.

> ./echo_node --force-validate

Replace timestamp

Replace timestamp from genesis.json with current time plus this many seconds (experts only!).

> ./echo_node --genesis-timestamp 10

P2P endpoit

Endpoint for P2P node to listen on.

> ./echo_node --p2p-endpoint

Seed node

P2P nodes to connect to on startup (may specify multiple times).

> ./echo_node --seed-node "" -s ""

Seed nodes

JSON array of P2P nodes to connect to to on startup.

> ./echo_node --seed-nodes "[,]"

Block checkpoint

Pairs of [BLOCK_NUM,BLOCK_ID] that should be enforced as checkpoints.

> ./echo_node --checkpoint "[10, 0000004184e6200e609bca12f8f54a1cf55704cb]"

RPC endpoint

Endpoint for websocket RPC to listen on.

> ./echo_node --rpc-endpoint ""

RPC domains

Domains from which to accept cross origin requests.

> ./echo_node --rpccorsdomain

Genesis JSON file

File to read Genesis State from.

> ./echo_node --genesis-json /tmp/echo_dir/genesis.json


JSON file specifying API permissions.

> ./echo_node --api-access /tmp/echo_dir/api.json

Plugins activation

Comma-separated list of plugins which will be activated in addition to default.

> ./echo_node --plugins="sidechain,registration,shapshot"

Btc sidechain for Bitcoin testnet

Generate address in operations for Bitcoin testnet

> ./echo_node --sidechain-btc-testnet

P2P compression

Compress communication channels for this P2P node.

> ./echo_node --p2p-compress

P2P encryption

Encrypt communication channels for this P2P node.

> ./echo_node --p2p-encrypt

Start echorand

Enable Echorand, even if the chain is stale.

> ./echo_node --start-echorand

Account info

Pairs of [AccountID, WIF private key] (may specify multiple times).

> ./echo_node --account-info ["1.2.6", "5JwnAdjJWufcv5c2xiEy1Ht8JUfND3o232JTbL2kze4TLhCJEcC"]

Sidechain committeeman

Sidechain: Pair of [account_id, eth_private_key] that should correspond to committee account (may be specified multiple times).

> ./echo_node --sidechain-eth-committeeman ["1.2.6", "8da4ef21b864d2cc526dbdb2a120bd2874c36c9d0a1fb7f8c63d7f7a8b41de8f"]

Activate the sidechain plug-in

> ./echo_node --sidechain

RPC address of Ethereum node for sidechain

> ./echo_node --eth-rpc-ip

RPC port of Ethereum node for sidechain

> ./echo_node --eth-rpc-port 183332

Disable Ethereum service

> ./echo_node --sidechain-eth-disable

BTC sidechain committeeman

Sidechain: Tuple of [account_id, WIF BTC private key] (may specify multiple times).

> ./echo_node --sidechain-btc-committeeman ["1.2.6", "5HueCGU8rMjxEXxiPuD5BDk_SAMPLE_PRIVATE_KEY_DO_NOT_IMPORT_u4MkFqeZyd4dZ1jvhTVqvbTLvyTJ"]

RPC ip of BTC node

> ./echo_node --btc-rpc-ip

RPC port of BTC node

> ./echo_node --btc-rpc-port 183332

RPC user of BTC node

> ./echo_node --btc-rpc-user user

RPC password of BTC node

> ./echo_node --btc-rpc-user password

Disable BTC service

> ./echo_node --sidechain-btc-disable

Registrar account

ID of registrar account on this node (should be imported as account-info).

> ./echo_node --registrar-account "1.2.6"

Registration difficult

Complexity of POW task to register account.

> ./echo_node --registration-difficulty 10

Lifetime of registration tasks(in blocks)

> ./echo_node --ethrpc-registration-task-lifetime 20

Track account history

Account ID to track history for (may specify multiple times).

> ./echo_node --track-account "1.2.6"

Maximum number of ops per account in history

Maximum number of operations per account will be kept in memory.

> ./echo_node --max-ops-per-account 1000

Track contract history

Contract ID to track history for (may specify multiple times).

> ./echo_node --track-contract "1.11.1"

Maximum number of ops per contract in history

Maximum number of operations per contract will be kept in memory.

> ./echo_node --max-ops-per-contract 1000

Maximum number of transaction info in history

Maximum number of transaction info to store in memory.

> ./echo_node --max-transaction-ids-to-store 1000

Partial operation storing

Keep only those operations in memory that are related to history tracking.

> ./echo_node --partial-operations

Endpoint for EthRPC

Endpoint for EthRPC to listen on.

> ./echo_node --ethrpc-endpoint

Block number after which to do a snapshot

> ./echo_node --snapshot-at-block 10

Block time (ISO format) after which to do a snapshot

> ./echo_node --snapshot-at-time 2020-08-09T18:31:42

Pathname of JSON file where to store the snapshot

> ./echo_node --snapshot-to /tmp/echo/snap.json

Connect to node

To perform operations, we need to connect to the node. Below we consider connecting via curl.


curl --data '{"jsonrpc": "2.0", "params": ["database", "get_account_by_name", ["nathan"]], "method": "call", "id": 1}' http://localhost:8090/rpc

Here, we request the Database API using the method get_account_by_name with the argument "nathan"



In the API methods description, you can find the RPC request body.

Stop ECHO node

To stop the node, send it the SIGINT signal (use Ctrl + C shortcut).