How to Run Your Own Ethereum Node on Raspberry Pi

Why run an Ethereum node?

  • Help out the Ethereum network (Though I personally believe there are already enough nodes for network security, the network will need more nodes to support light clients (e.g. digital wallets) and just to have more node redundancy)
  • Instead of connecting to another node using RPC connection, you have direct access to Ethereum blockchain by running a node
  • Verify your own transactions. You are your own bank!
  • 100X your cool points

Why I chose the Raspberry Pi?

  • Low cost
  • Low power consumption
  • Noise free
  • It looks cool
  • Got a few for free from past projects. Might as well lol

Why this tutorial?

  • Encourage people to actually interact with the Ethereum technology
  • Most tutorials that are already available online are either for other operating platforms (i.e. Windows, MacOS etc.), or not up to date

Tutorial Structure

If you don’t have a Raspi and want to install on another Linux Distro, simply skip Step 2

  1. Intro (current page)
  2. Set Up RasPi: set up and configure the Pi as a secure Linux server.
  3. Install Go: download Go binary discribution and install.
  4. Install Geth: build Geth from source code
  5. Run Geth: run Geth client, and learn Geth commands
  6. Updates: keep track of changes

Read the rest of the tutorial on my Github


I am not a financial advisor. $OMG to the moon though. hint hint

Special thanks

This tutorial would not have possible without these amazing people:

If I helped you, give me a handshake on Twitter @jim380. Or if you want to tip me,

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