Running Seid

Running Seid


This section assumes that you have set up a full node, configured all settings and joined a network.

Run Seid

You may run seid with

seid start

If you want to see all the flags, you can use

seid start --help

Run the full node application with Tendermint in or out of process. By default, the application will run with Tendermint in process.

Pruning options can be provided via the --pruning flag or alternatively with --pruning-keep-recent, --pruning-keep-every, and --pruning-interval together.

For --pruning the options are as follows:

  • default: the last 100 states are kept in addition to every 500th state; pruning at 10 block intervals
  • nothing: all historic states will be saved, nothing will be deleted (i.e. archiving node)
  • everything: all saved states will be deleted, storing only the current and previous state; pruning at 10 block intervals
  • custom: allow pruning options to be manually specified through --pruning-keep-recent, --pruning-keep-every, and --pruning-interval

Node halting configurations exist in the form of two flags: --halt-height and --halt-time. During the ABCI Commit phase, the node will check if the current block height is greater than or equal to the halt-height or if the current block time is greater than or equal to the halt-time. If so, the node will attempt to gracefully shutdown and the block will not be committed. In addition, the node will not be able to commit subsequent blocks.

For profiling and benchmarking purposes, CPU profiling can be enabled via the --cpu-profile flag which accepts a path for the resulting pprof file.

The node may be started in a 'query only' mode where only the gRPC and JSON HTTP API services are enabled via the --grpc-only flag. In this mode, Tendermint is bypassed and can be used when legacy queries are needed after an on-chain upgrade is performed. Note, when enabled, gRPC will also be automatically enabled.

seid start [flags]
--abci string                                     specify abci transport (socket | grpc) (default "socket")
--address string                                  Listen address (default "tcp://")
--archival-arweave-index-db-full-path string      Full local path to the levelDB used for indexing arweave data
--archival-arweave-node-url string                Arweave Node URL that stores archived data
--archival-db-type string                         Archival DB type. Valid options: arweave
--archival-version int                            Application data before this version is stored in archival DB
--chain-id string                                 Chain ID
--compaction-interval uint                        Time interval in between forced levelDB compaction. 0 means no forced compaction.
--consensus.create-empty-blocks                   set this to false to only produce blocks when there are txs or when the AppHash changes (default true)
--consensus.create-empty-blocks-interval string   the possible interval between empty blocks (default "0s")
--consensus.double-sign-check-height int          how many blocks to look back to check existence of the node's consensus votes before joining consensus
--consensus.gossip-tx-key-only                    set this to false to gossip entire data rather than just the key (default true)
--cpu-profile string                              Enable CPU profiling and write to the provided file
--db-backend string                               database backend: goleveldb | cleveldb | boltdb | rocksdb | badgerdb (default "goleveldb")
--db-dir string                                   database directory (default "data")
--genesis-hash bytesHex                           optional SHA-256 hash of the genesis file
--grpc-only                                       Start the node in gRPC query only mode (no Tendermint process is started)
--grpc-web.address string                         The gRPC-Web server address to listen on (default "")
--grpc-web.enable                                 Define if the gRPC-Web server should be enabled. (Note: gRPC must also be enabled.) (default true)
--grpc.address string                             the gRPC server address to listen on (default "")
--grpc.enable                                     Define if the gRPC server should be enabled (default true)
--halt-height uint                                Block height at which to gracefully halt the chain and shutdown the node
--halt-time uint                                  Minimum block time (in Unix seconds) at which to gracefully halt the chain and shutdown the node
-h, --help                                            help for start
--iavl-disable-fastnode                           Enable fast node for IAVL tree (default true)
--inter-block-cache                               Enable inter-block caching (default true)
--inv-check-period uint                           Assert registered invariants every N blocks
--load-latest                                     Whether to load latest version from store immediately after app creation (default true)
--min-retain-blocks uint                          Minimum block height offset during ABCI commit to prune Tendermint blocks
--minimum-gas-prices string                       Minimum gas prices to accept for transactions; Any fee in a tx must meet this minimum (e.g. 0.01photino;0.0001stake)
--mode string                                     node mode (full | validator | seed) (default "full")
--moniker string                                  node name (default "Brandons-MacBook-Pro.local")
--p2p.laddr string                                node listen address. ( means any interface, any port) (default "tcp://")
--p2p.persistent-peers string                     comma-delimited ID@host:port persistent peers
--p2p.pex                                         enable/disable Peer-Exchange (default true)
--p2p.private-peer-ids string                     comma-delimited private peer IDs
--p2p.unconditional_peer_ids string               comma-delimited IDs of unconditional peers
--p2p.upnp                                        enable/disable UPNP port forwarding
--priv-validator-laddr string                     socket address to listen on for connections from external priv-validator process
--profile                                         Enable Profiling in the application
--proxy-app string                                proxy app address, or one of: 'kvstore', 'persistent_kvstore', 'e2e' or 'noop' for local testing. (default "tcp://")
--pruning string                                  Pruning strategy (default|nothing|everything|custom) (default "default")
--pruning-interval uint                           Height interval at which pruned heights are removed from disk (ignored if pruning is not 'custom')
--pruning-keep-every uint                         Offset heights to keep on disk after 'keep-every' (ignored if pruning is not 'custom')
--pruning-keep-recent uint                        Number of recent heights to keep on disk (ignored if pruning is not 'custom')
--rpc.laddr string                                RPC listen address. Port required (default "tcp://")
--rpc.pprof-laddr string                          pprof listen address (
--rpc.unsafe                                      enabled unsafe rpc methods
--state-sync.snapshot-interval uint               State sync snapshot interval
--state-sync.snapshot-keep-recent uint32          State sync snapshot to keep (default 2)
--trace-store string                              Enable KVStore tracing to an output file
--tracing                                         Enable Tracing for the app
--transport string                                Transport protocol: socket, grpc (default "socket")
--unsafe-skip-upgrades ints                       Skip a set of upgrade heights to continue the old binary
--with-tendermint                                 Run abci app embedded in-process with tendermint (default true)
--x-crisis-skip-assert-invariants                 Skip x/crisis invariants check on startup
Global Flags:
--home string         directory for config and data (default "/Users/brandon/.sei")
--log_format string   The logging format (json|plain)
--log_level string    The logging level (trace|debug|info|warn|error|fatal|panic)
--trace               print out full stack trace on errors


Seid should be running at all times, it's recommended you register Seid as a systemd service so that it will be automatically restarted if your system reboots

Create a definition file in /etc/systemd/system/seid.service

Description=Sei Node
ExecStart=<PATH_TO_SEID>/seid start --chain-id <Network>
# wait 30 seconds before restarting the service after it has failed.
#  wait up to 30 seconds for the service to stop gracefully when it is being stopped.
# send the SIGINT signal (equivalent to pressing Ctrl-C) to the service process when it is being stopped
# giving it a chance to shut down gracefully.

Modify the file with the proper path and network.

  • <PATH_TO_SEID> - Enter the path to the Seid executable. <PATH_TO_SEID> is likely /home/<YOUR_USER>/go/bin/seid or /usr/go/bin. Confirm this with where is seid.
  • <USER> Enter the user (likely your username or root, unless you created a user specifically for Seid).
  • <Network> the Chain that this seid binary runs on

Make sure you made the correct edits to /etc/security/limits.conf. Run systemctl daemon-reload followed by systemctl enable seid. This will register seid as a system service and run the program upon startup.

Controlling the service

Use systemctl to start, stop and restart the service.

 # Check health
 systemctl status seid
 # Start
 systemctl start seid
 # Stop
 systemctl stop seid
 # Restart
 systemctl restart seid

Use journalctl -t to access entire logs, entire logs in reverse, and the latest and continuous log.

 # Entire log reversed
 journalctl -t seid -r
 # Entire log
 journalctl -t seid
 # Latest and continuous
 journalctl -t seid -f
 # Since 30 minutes ago
 journalctl -t seid --since -30m

(Optional) Cosmovisor

You may also want to use Cosmovisor such that it's easier to manage upgrades, it's a wrapper around the default seid binary, to install it follow Cosmosvisor Quick Start (opens in a new tab)