# Join or set up a network

Pre-requistes for joining or starting a network is installing and configuring Paloma as well as Pigeon.

# Join the public testnet

You can join a the Paloma testnet by completing the following steps:

# 1. Select a network

Selecting a network

Note that the versions of the network listed below are the latest versions. To find earlier versions, please consult the paloma repo (opens new window).

Specify the network you want to join by choosing the corresponding genesis file and seeds:

Network Type Genesis Addressbook
paloma-testnet-16 Testnet Genesis Link (opens new window) Addressbook Link (opens new window)
tumbler Mainnet Genesis Link (opens new window) Addressbook Link (opens new window)

# 2. Download genesis file and address book

Genesis-transaction specifies the account balances and parameters at the start of the network to use when replaying transactions and syncing.

Addressbook lists a selection of peers for your node to dial to in order to discover other nodes in the network. Public address books of peers are made available by the Paloma community.

  • For default palomad configurations, the genesis and addressbook files should be placed under ~/.paloma/config/genesis.json and ~/.paloma/config/addrbook.json respectively.


# Obtain the genesis for the testnet:
wget -O ~/.paloma/config/genesis.json <Link to genesis file>

# Obtain the addressbook for the testnet:
wget -O ~/.paloma/config/addrbook.json <Link to address book file>

# 3. palomad start

Start the network and check that everything is running smoothly:

palomad start
palomad status
# It will take a few seconds for palomad to start.
Healthy node status example
  "NodeInfo": {
    "protocol_version": {
      "p2p": "8",
      "block": "11",
      "app": "0"
    "id": "palomadocs-id",
    "listen_addr": "tcp://",
    "network": "paloma-testnet-10",
    "version": "0.34.14",
    "channels": "40202122233038606100",
    "moniker": "palomadocs",
    "other": {
      "tx_index": "on",
      "rpc_address": "tcp://"
  "SyncInfo": {
    "latest_block_hash": "19ABCBA90BF3E76A0635E6C961AB2CECC7DB2B1F1338057DB334568128E0776E",
    "latest_app_hash": "8DFE69CF66FBE7ADCDB5B430A0C679C45B6AEBDDAE23835ABDC4ACBC704F7525",
    "latest_block_height": "7333450",
    "latest_block_time": "2022-01-08T05:24:57.383258076Z",
    "earliest_block_hash": "E88E3641A488EBA3D402FC072879C6399AA2CDC7B6CC5A3061E5A64D9FFD3BDE",
    "earliest_app_hash": "E3B0C44298FC1C149AFBF4C8996FB92427AE41E4649B934CA495991B7852B855",
    "earliest_block_height": "5900001",
    "earliest_block_time": "2021-09-28T09:00:00Z",
    "catching_up": false
  "ValidatorInfo": {
    "Address": "29E58C21B6612227C9C9BD9E6D4D99897E032572",
    "PubKey": {
      "type": "tendermint/PubKeyEd25519",
      "value": "7cZq+Fp9xU8mZ9xR7q4NpDOX0UicmPC68P/4krCn8Hs="
    "VotingPower": "0"

Your node is now syncing. This process will take a long time. Make sure you've set it up on a stable connection so you can leave while it syncs.

Sync start times

Nodes take at least an hour to start syncing. This wait is normal. Before troubleshooting a sync, please wait an hour for the sync to start.

Continue to the Sync page to find out more about syncing your node.

# Set up a local private network

Validators can set up a private Paloma network to become familiar with running a full Paloma node before joining a public network.

# Create a single node

The simplest Paloma network you can set up is a local testnet with just a single node. In a single-node environment, you have one account and are the only validator signing blocks for your private network.

Initialize your genesis file that will bootstrap the network. Replace the following variables with your own information:

palomad init --chain-id=<testnet-name> <node-moniker>

Generate a Paloma account. Replace the variable with your account name:

palomad keys add <account-name>

# Add your account to the genesis

Run the following commands to add your account and set the initial balance:

palomad add-genesis-account $(palomad keys show <account-name> -a) 100000000ugrain
palomad gentx <my-account> 10000000ugrain --chain-id=<testnet-name>
palomad collect-gentxs

# Start your private Paloma network

Run the following command to start your private network:

palomad start

If the private Paloma network is set up correctly, your palomad node will be running on tcp://localhost:26656, listening for incoming transactions, and signing blocks.