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How to get Bitcoin FullNode on AWS




This section describes how to launch and connect to Bitcoin FullNode in Amazon Web Services (AWS).





  1. Open Bitcoin FullNode Listing on AWS Marketplace
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    1. Click on Continue to subscribe.
    • Login with your credentials and follow the instruction.click on Continue to configuration
    • Select a Region where you want to launch the VM(such as US East (N.Virginia))
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    • Choose Action: you can launce it through EC2 or from Website.(Let's choose Launce from website)
    • Optionally change the EC2 instance type. (This defaults to t2.large instance type, 2 vCPUs and 8 GB ram.)
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    • Optionally change the network name and subnetwork names. Be sure that whichever network you specify has ports 22 (for ssh) and 3389 (for RDP) exposed.
    • be sure to download the key-pair which is available by default, or you can create the new key-pair and download it.
    • Click on Launch.. Bitcoin FullNode will begin deploying.

    1. A summary page displays.To see this instance on EC2 Console click on EC2 Console link.
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    3. On the EC2 Console page, instance is up and running. To connect to this instance through putty, copy the IPv4 Public IP Address

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    5. Open putty, paste the IP address and browse your private key you downloaded while deploying the VM, by going to SSH->Auth , click on Connect
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    7. By default this VM comes with ubuntu user.So login with username as "ubuntu".Once connected, change the password for ubuntu user using sudo passwd ubuntu command
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    9. Now the password for ubuntu user is set, you can connect to the VM's desktop environment from any local windows machine using RDP protocol.
    10. From your local windows machine, goto "start" menu , in the search box type and select "Remote desktop connection"
    11. In the "Remote Desktop connection" wizard, copy the public IP address and click connect
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    13. This will connect you to the VM's desktop environment. Provide the username (e.g "ubuntu") and the password set in the above "Reset password" step to authenticate. Click OK

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    15. Now you are connected to the out of box Bitcoin FullNode environment.

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    17. Once VM is provisioned, you can start Bitcoin node either via command line or using the Bitcoin QT GUI wallet
    18. a. Start Bitcoin sync process using command line :
      Go to terminal and execute below command as ubuntu user to run Bitcoin daemon in background -
              bitcoind

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      To verify the command execution or to monitor the daemon, you can tail the bitcoin debug log
      tail -f /home/bitcoin/debug.log

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      b. Start Bitcoin sync process using GUI:
      You can also run the sync process by running the Bitcoin-QT GUI wallet. For this, connect to the VM using RDP as described in steps 6 to 11 .Once connected, click on bitcoin-qt to start the sync process. A window may popup asking to mark the application executable . Click on "Mark Executable" button to avoid seeing this window in future.

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    19. How to stop bitcoind daemon :
    20. To manually stop bitcoind, run "bitcoin-cli stop" command.

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    21. To know how to use the Bitcoin Full Node kit, please refer to the video tutorial series available on Bitcoin overview page.