This section describes how to launch and connect to Bitcoin Fullnode kit in a Google Compute environment.
Note: Bitcoin Full Node upgraded to latest Bitcoin Core V0.24 along with bitcoin-qt, bitcoin-cli and bitcoin-wallet on Ubuntu 22.04. The VM also provide you the latest Ordinal installed which is a numbering scheme for satoshis that allows tracking and transferring individual sats. For more details please visit- Ordinals Documentation
Open Bitcoin FullNode listing on GCP Marketplace.
Click on Launch button.
It will take you to the agreement page. On this page, you can change the project from the project selector on top navigator bar as shown in the below screenshot.
Accept the Terms and agreements by ticking the checkbox and clicking on the AGREE button.
It will show you the successfully agreed popup page. Click on Deploy.
For zone, you must select us-central1-a . The VM can be deployed only in us-central1-a
Optionally change the number of cores and amount of memory. (This defaults to 2 vCPUs and 7.5 GB ram.)
Optionally change the boot disk type and size. Boot disk size should be greater than or equal to 700 GB. (This defaults to “Standard Persistent Disk” and 700 GB respectively)
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.
Click Deploy when you are done. Bitcoin Full Node Suit will begin deploying.
A summary page displays when the compute engine is successfully deployed. Click on the Instance link to to go to the instance page .
On the instance page, click on the “SSH” button, select “Open in browser window”.
sudo passwd ubuntu
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 or linux machine using Remmina.
To connect using RDP via Windows Machine, first note the external IP of the VM from VM details page as highlighted below
Then From you local windows machine, goto “start” menu, in the search box type and select “Remote desktop connection”
In the “Remote Desktop connection” wizard, copy the external ip and click connect
Note: If you don’t have Remmina installed on your Linux machine, first Install Remmina as per your linux distribution.
14. In the “Remmina Remote Desktop Client” wizard, select the RDP option from dropdown and paste the external ip and click enter.
15. This will connect you to the VM’s desktop environment. Provide “ubuntu” as the userid and the password set in step 6 to authenticate. Click OK
16. Now you are connected to the out of box Bitcoin Fullnode environment via Linux machine.
All Bitcoin ledger data is stored under /home/bitcoin directory
Bitcoin wallet and configuration file (bitcoin.conf) are located under /home/ubuntu/.bitcoin directory
To verify the command execution or to monitor the daemon, you can tail the bitcoin debug log
tail -f /home/bitcoin/debug.log
To manually stop bitcoind, run below command.
sudo rm /home/ubuntu/.bitcoin/wallets/wallet.dat