Running IOTA Full Node

I have been looking at IOTA since last winter, as it seems promising for IoT, Machine-to-Machine Micro-payments and Data Market scenarios.

Installing an IOTA light wallet is pretty straightforward, but running a full node is not. But thanks to the great playbook, I managed to setup a Virtual Private Server to run as an IOTA full node.

  • 2 cores CPU
  • 4 GM memory
  • SSD
  • Hosted 24/7 in a data center in Western Europe
Connected full nodes in IOTA field map

Setup steps

  • Followed the steps in playbook
  • Enabled remote access for the node, so the light wallet can connect to it.
  • Setup firewall rules to allow IOTA node talking to internet
  • Setup DNS to make the node more friendly for my neighbors
  • Found good neighbors from IOTA Discord #nodesharing channel
    Tips: go to #rank-yourself and type “!rank fullnode”, then you’ll get access to the #nodesharing channel


There are lots of things you need to think about when you are hosting a 24/7 server on the internet. This blog and Security Hardening section provides a good guideline.

  • Use SSH key access
  • Disable password authentication
  • Disable SSH root access

In addition, if you are using the playbook installer , you basically have the default user name and ports for your full node. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHANGE THEM! Otherwise the attacker only need to crack the password, as they already know your user name (iotapm) and your ports.

Update user name and password in bash

nano /opt/iri-playbook/group_vars/all/iotapm.yml
#update the following values
iotapm_nginx_user: new_user_account
iotapm_nginx_password: 'a-strong-password'
nano /opt/iri-playbook/group_vars/all/z-override-iotapm.yml
#update the following values
iotapm_nginx_user: new_user_account
iotapm_nginx_password: 'a-strong-password'


You can perform the following steps after you completed the installer.

Update nginx user

  1. Remove the default user iotpm

    htpasswd -D /etc/nginx/.htpasswd iotpm
  2. Create new user

    htpasswd /etc/nginx/.htpasswd new_user_account

Update system account in grafana

  1. Stop grafana-server:

    systemctl stop grafana-server
  2. Delete grafana’s database:

    rm -f /var/lib/grafana/grafana.db
  3. Edit /etc/grafana/grafana.ini, set correct values for admin_user and admin_password (from above step)

  4. Start grafana-server:

    systemctl start grafana-server
  5. re-install grafana by using iric, select “update monitoring”



Grafana dashboard for IOTA node Grafana dashboard for IOTA node

Overview of connected neighbors
IOTA Node Peer Manager

The node in the map:
My node in field map

Also, connect the wallet to the our node
Connect wallet to our node

Build the community

If you are looking for neighbors, or would like to connect your wallet to this node, please feel free to let me know.
If you would like to donate, please use the following address. :)



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