Deploying a THORNode and its associated services.

Deploy THORNode services

Now you have a Kubernetes cluster ready to use, you can install the THORNode services.

Helm charts are the defacto and currently easiest and simple way to package and deploy Kubernetes application. The team created different Helm charts to help to deploy all the necessary services. Please retrieve the source files from the Git repository here to follow the instructions below:


  • Running Kubernetes cluster

  • Kubectl configured, ready and connected to running cluster

If you came here from the Setup page, you are already good to go.


Clone the node-launcher repo. All commands in this section are to be run inside of this repo.

git clone
cd node-launcher

Install Helm 3

Install Helm 3 if not already available on your current machine:

make helm



To deploy all tools, metrics, logs management, Kubernetes Dashboard, run the command below.

make tools

To destroy all those resources run the command below.

make destroy-tools

If you are successful, you will see the following message:

If there are any errors, they are typically fixed by running the command again.

Deploy THORNode

It is important to deploy the tools first before deploying the THORNode services as some services will have metrics configuration that would fail and stop the THORNode deployment.

You have multiple commands available to deploy different configurations of THORNode. You can deploy mainnet or testnet. The commands deploy the umbrella chart thornode in the background in the Kubernetes namespace thornode by default. Unless you specify the name of your deployment using the environment variable NAME, all the commands are run against the default Kubernetes namespace thornode set up in the Makefile.


Deploy Testnet Validator

To automatically select the current testnet chain, run that command:

make testnet-validator

Or to manually specify the seed genesis IP, run that command:

SEED_TESTNET= make testnet-validator

Rune the following to join Chaosnet:

make chaosnet-validator

You will be prompted for a password to encrypt your node private key. Do not forget this key.

Deploying a THORNode takes ~10 minutes

If successful, you will see the following:

You are now ready to join the network:


Set thornode to be your default namespace so you don't need to type -n thornode each time:

kubectl config set-context --current --namespace=thornode

Use the following useful commands to view and debug accordingly. You should see everything running and active. Logs can be retrieved to find errors:

kubectl get pods -n thornode
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces
kubectl logs -f <pod> -n thornode

Kubernetes should automatically restart any service, but you can force a restart by running:

kubectl delete pod <pod> -n thornode

Note, to expedite syncing external chains, it is feasible to continually delete the pod that has the slow-syncing chain daemon (eg, binance-daemon-xxx).

Killing it will automatically restart it with free resources and syncing is notably faster. You can check sync status by viewing logs for the client to find the synced chain tip and comparing it with the real-world blockheight, ("xxx" is your unique ID):

kubectl logs -f binance-daemon-xxx -n thornode

Get real-world blockheights on the external blockchain explorers, eg:


THORNode full stack umbrella chart

  • thornode: Umbrella chart packaging all services needed to run a fullnode or validator THORNode.

This should be the only chart used to run THORNode stack unless you know what you are doing and want to run each chart separately (not recommended).

THORNode services:

  • thor-daemon: THORNode daemon

  • thor-api: THORNode API

  • thor-gateway: THORNode gateway proxy to get a single IP address for multiple deployments

  • bepswap: BEPSwap UI frontend

  • bifrost: Bifrost service

  • midgard: Midgard service

External services:

  • binance-daemon: Binance fullnode daemon

  • bitcoin-daemon: Bitcoin fullnode daemon

  • ethereum-daemon: Ethereum fullnode daemon


  • elastic: ELK stack, deperecated. Use elastic-operator chart

  • elastic-operator: ELK stack using operator for logs management

  • prometheus: Prometheus stack for metrics

  • kubernetes-dashboard: Kubernetes dashboard