How to Create a Humans Validator

2 min readMay 2, 2023

This guide focuses on how to create a validator on the Humans Friction Testnet.

You can find all the details around the Incentivized Friction Testnet on their dedicated Testnet Website.

You can also find the official guides on github.

You will need to do the following steps:

  1. Provision a server
  2. Install ‘go’
  3. Install the Humans binary
  4. Sync your node
  5. Register the validator

Provision a Server

We are using Ubuntu OS for this guide. We recommend a server with the following specs:

  • CPU: 4 cores or more
  • RAM: 8 GB or more
  • Storage: 150 GB or more
  • Network: A stable and reliable internet connection

It is fine to use bare metal servers or Virtual Private Server

Install GO

The ‘go’ installed must have a version later than 1.20.1.

sudo tar -xvf go1.20.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo mv go /usr/local

cat <<EOF>> ~/.profile
export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export GO111MODULE=on
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin:$HOME/go/bin
source ~/.profile

Install Humans Binary

Download and build the binary

git clone
cd humans && git checkout tags/v0.1.0
make install

Initialize. Replace ‘examplevalidator’ with your own.

humansd init examplevalidator - chain-id=humans_3000–1

Create a wallet, remember to save the keys in a safe place

humansd keys add examplevalidator-key

Fund your wallet with some coins. There is a faucet in the Humans discord group.

Sync Your Node

Run your validator as systemd process that can restart if it fails.

sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/humans.service > /dev/null <<'EOF'
Description=humans daemon

ExecStart=/home/humans/go/bin/humansd start --metrics --pruning=nothing --evm.tracer=json --minimum-gas-prices=1800000000aheart json-rpc.api eth,txpool,personal,net,debug,web3,miner --api.enable


You can now start the systemd service you defined above

sudo service humans start

You can view the logs as needed

journalctl -f -u humans.service

As long as you see the height incrementing you are doing great. Your node will need to sync and reach the blockchains highest height

Register the Validator

Once you have some coins that you got from the faucet in previous steps, you can now create your validator

humansd tx staking create-validator \
--amount=1000000000000000000aheart \
--pubkey=$(humansd tendermint show-validator) \
--moniker="examplevalidator" \
--chain-id=humans_3000–1 \
--commission-rate="0.05" \
--commission-max-rate="0.10" \
--commission-max-change-rate="0.01" \
--min-self-delegation="1000000" \
--gas="auto" \
--gas-prices="1800000000aheart" \

you should be all good and can now visit the Humans Explorer and ensure you are signing blocks.

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