Becoming a provider

This tutorial shows how to run the new Golem Provider Sneak Peek release and play around with its limited functionalities.



This is our very second Alpha Provider Sneak Peek reveal. Therefore, temporarily, Golem official support is for:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04

but you are welcome to try out run it on other Linux distributions.

  • To run Golem Sneak Peek you'll need a physical machine as you may encounter issues when running it on a virtual machine.

For this release we have prepared a dedicated and controlled sub-network using Ethereum Rinkeby Testnet for payments. This means that the tokens received for the rental of your computing power will not hold any value outside of the network. This release also features the basic CLI with which you may interact with your node.

If you would like to earn real GNTs now, head over to our Clay Golem Beta implementation.


Purge directories

If you have previously launched Golem Alpha on your machine run the command below which will purge its working directories since our newest version is incompatible with the old database structure:

rm -rf $HOME/.local/share/yagna
rm -rf $HOME/.local/share/ya-provider

Run the installation command

Open your terminal and type:

curl -sSf | bash -

You might be asked to modify your PATH afterwards For future terminal sessions:echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc

Update your active terminal(s) with: export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH”

Initial setup

After installing all required components you will be asked to set up your node. If you leave them empty the default values presented in brackets will be applied.

Node name (default=generated_name): - Type in the name of your new node and press Enter

subnet (default=community.3): - It is important that you use "community.3"

Ethereum wallet address (default=internal wallet): - Paste your own Ethereum address to which you have private keys stored. If you leave this space empty an address will be created for you on your local system.

price NGNT per hour (default=5): - Type in the value of renting your computer power as a provider. You can use default price (5 NGNT per hour) by leaving this field empty. This command shows up only when running GolemSP for the first time

Congrats, your initial setup has been completed! You will see that default preset was created based on your initial node setup. If you wish, you can change this settings later on with CLI.

Running the provider

To run Golem Sneak Peek type in the terminal:

golemsp run

Your provider node is up and running!

Checking node status

To check your node's status and see if it is actually computing tasks from the network, open a new terminal window and type:

golemsp status

As an output you will get the information about your node's current state as shown below:

β”‚ Status β”‚
β”‚ β”‚
β”‚ Service is running β”‚
β”‚ Version 0.5.0 β”‚
β”‚ β”‚
β”‚ Node Name outstanding-chalk β”‚
β”‚ Subnet community.3 β”‚
β”‚ VM valid β”‚
β”‚ Wallet β”‚
β”‚ β”‚
β”‚ address 0xe4781cd3af959417f560372544f77aec33124b5f β”‚
β”‚ amount (total) 0 GLM β”‚
β”‚ (on-chain) 0 GLM β”‚
β”‚ (zk-sync) 0 GLM β”‚
β”‚ β”‚
β”‚ pending 0 GLM (0) β”‚
β”‚ issued 0 GLM (0) β”‚
β”‚ Tasks β”‚
β”‚ β”‚
β”‚ last 1h processed 0 β”‚
β”‚ last 1h in progress 0 β”‚
β”‚ total processed 0 β”‚

Under your address you can see both on-chain and zk-sync values listed.

Although zk-synk is from now on the main payment operator in Golem you may receive on-chain transactions as well. To confirm correctness of the listed values head over to (on-chain) and (for zk-synk).

If in the Tasks column you see either tasks in progress or processed then you have successfully computed a task! If not, give it some time as there is still limited number of tasks in the test network - and then run the command again.


Known issues

  • Type golemsp status in your terminal window and check the status of your VM

When there is other status than valid

a) If: the user has no access to /dev/kvm run

curl -o && chmod +x ./ && ./

Afterwards, log out and log in again into your OS and then, rerun golemsp run

b) If: running inside Docker without access to /dev/kvm run

docker run --privileged

c) If: unsupported virtualization type: XEN We do not support xen hypervisor

  • In any other case with the virtualisation we recommend:

sudo apt install cpu-checker && sudo kvm-ok command and follow the steps as given in the terminal interface.

Provider CLI

To check out additional commands available in the CLI, have a look at the reference page:

Next steps