PixelNode: Simplifying Algorand Node Management

Shiva Prasad
2 min readNov 9, 2023

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PixelNode.org : One-click NodeManager for Algorand.

PixelNode offers a user-friendly solution for Algorand node management with just a single command. It simplifies the installation of Algorand node dependencies and provides an intuitive web interface for users. This article will guide you through the easy installation process and setup.

Demo

https://youtu.be/3hcWdVAeVvY?si=SJ7fkwiCqPyuSPa6

Supported operating systems

PixelNode is compatible with Linux (Debian family) and MacOS operating systems.

Tested cloud servers

PixelNode has been successfully tested on Digital Ocean and Linode cloud servers. It works on AWS as well, but you need to do some extra configuration to access your node.

Installation steps

  1. First, obtain a server on Digital Ocean or Linode and SSH into your Linux server. Skip this step if you are installing the node on your personal machine. Here is a small tutorial on how to create and SSH into the DigitalOcean droplet.
    https://youtu.be/r3t61OP5mWs?si=h4GpgITD7o7nqxNk
  2. Run the following command to install PixelNode and its dependencies:
sudo curl -L http://get.pixelnode.org | sudo bash

The installation process typically takes around 5 minutes. Once completed, you can access the PixelNode UI on port 8000.
For example, if your server’s IP address is 123.44.55.66, you can access the PixelNode UI at http://123.44.55.66:8000

If you are getting any errors related to permissions, make sure to run the “sudo su” command before executing the above command.

Follow the on-screen instructions to configure your PixelNode Agent. After the setup is done, log in to check your node’s status, which may already be in the process of fast catchup.

Generating and Managing Participation Keys:

Once the fast catchup is completed, you’ll have the option to generate and manage your participation keys effortlessly.

PS: This is still in BETA. So please expect a few more changes before it is production-ready. you may have to re-install the node once the official v1 is released.

If you have any questions or issues, please post them on our discord.

https://discord.gg/HeegumVJwb

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