Run the beacon node

This page takes you through how to run just the beacon node without a validator attached.

The beacon node connects to the eth2 network, manages the blockchain, and provides API's to interact with the beacon chain.

Running a beacon node without a validator attached is a worthwhile endeavor.

It's also a necessary step to running a validator (since an active validator requires a synced beacon node).

1. Install

Install Nimbus' dependencies

2. Build

Build the beacon node or install a precompiled release from the Nimbus eth2 releases page.

3. Sync

Sync the chain