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Admin Guide

All you need to know about setting up, running, and using a core validator node.

📄️ Installing

There are three ways to install Stellar Core: you can use a Docker image, use pre-built packages, or build from source. Using a Docker image is the quickest and easiest method, so it's a good choice for a lot of developers, but if you're running Stellar Core in production you may need to use packages or, if you want to sacrifice convenience for maximum control, build from source. Whichever method you use, you should make sure to install the latest release since releases are cumulative and backwards compatible.

📄️ Publishing History Archives

If you want to run a Full Validator or an Archiver, you need to set up your node to publish a history archive. You can host an archive using a blob store such as Amazon's S3 or Digital Ocean's spaces, or you can simply serve a local archive directly via an HTTP server such as Nginx or Apache. If you're setting up a Basic Validator, you can skip this section. No matter what kind of node you're planning to run, make sure to set it up to get history, which is covered in Configuration.