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When I run Monero, it seems to be eating up my CPU space. How do I run it on a VPS? I've got a VPS, and I installed PuTTY. What is next?

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Once you have PuTTY open and you have an SSH connection to your VPN server try the following commands:

Download the current Monero Core binaries

wget https://downloads.getmonero.org/linux64

Make a directory and extract the files

mkdir monero
tar -xjvf linux64 -C monero

Keep monerod running forever by using Linux Screen

screen -S myFullNode

This ensures that when you close the PuTTY SSH connection the node will continue to run. There is an optional flag for monerod --detach but I don't use this.

It should be installed already, if not yum install screen

Launch the daemon

cd monero
./monerod

Return to main terminal to run your wallet or w/e

Ctrl + a + d

cd monero
./monero-wallet-cli

Make a new wallet, open an existing wallet or w/e

To view your monerod node

screen -r myFullNode

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  • Thank you Miles. I am up and running and block chain is syncing. The next thing I need to do is configure wallet, which you have shown me how to do. Should I wait for sync to complete prior to addressing wallet? Feb 22, 2017 at 4:49
  • No need for screen - you can use the --detach option
    – assylias
    Feb 22, 2017 at 12:29
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Edited, now that I understand your question better:

You will have high CPU usage and high I/O traffic as monerod syncs. It has to download the entire blockchain and build the lmdb database. While it's running, type "status" and hit Enter, to see how far along the sync is. Once it has synced up, you may find the the VPS is unnecessary.

If you want to host your node on a VPS, it may be a headache, if it's below-spec. Depending on the VPS, it could take several days before you're fully synced. If your RAM is too low, you won't be able to build monerod at all. But if you download/build monerod and get it running, then that will take care of most of your headaches. Once you're synced, the resource requirements drop way down, as mentioned already.

As mentioned in another answer, if you will be SSH'ing into your session, you can use screen, or I prefer tmux (since it's easier to search for how to do things with it). With a tmux window/session open, you'll run monerod. Once it's running, hit ^B (control+b), d, to detach. When you want to view how monerod is doing, enter tmux attach, and the session will restore. Control+b, then d, to detach again.

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  • Thank you. But I am still unsure as to whether or not I am using the VPS at all? How can I tell? As you can tell, I have never uses a VPS... Feb 21, 2017 at 23:02
  • I'm reading about how to tunnel ssh putty. Hopefully I can figure it out... Feb 21, 2017 at 23:06
  • See the edits to your question and to my answer. Also, there is another good answer here to guide you. Feb 22, 2017 at 3:51
  • Thanks so much, I am up and running using vps via interserver. It appears to be syncing to block chain. Next step will be configuring wallet... Feb 22, 2017 at 4:48

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