Version: Next

# Start here

Warning

The HOPR client software (hoprd) is still under heavy development. Please do not add funds to the node you cannot lose.

To use the HOPR network, you will need to install a HOPR node. Currently, the only way to do so is by running hoprd, a node.js process that implements the HOPR protocol and effectively transforms the device you are running it on into a HOPR node. Please bear in mind that by simply installing hoprd, you are not making your computer a HOPR node. It is required you run the service as an application and have a working internet connection.

There are several ways to run hoprd: you can run it on your device, on a virtual private server (VPS) or use a dedicated hardware device such as the AVADO/Dappnode HOPR Node PC, which has it as a pre-installed package (Docker image).

## Network Registry​

If you are using the Monte Rosa environment, you will not be able to interact with other nodes unless you have been added to the network registry. You can view the current process and details for this here. If you have been given an NFT and are installing your node to locate your peerID, complete the installation process as normal.

## Hardware requirements​

The minimum requirements for running hoprd on your device:

• Dual Core CPU ~ 2 GHz
• 4 GB RAM
• at least 3 GB Disk Space

Although it is recommended that you have at least 8 GB of RAM and 10 GB of disk space.

## For VPS users​

Using a VPS is recommended if you are on Windows, as all the instructions for installing your node are for Linux/macOS users. A VPS, in general, is an ideal setup as you can use Tmux or Screen to run your node constantly in the background without needing your machine to be plugged in or turned on. If you install your node through Docker, it will only run until you close your terminal for both your local machine and a VPS. This is why it is highly recommended you quickly familiarise yourself with tmux or screen before continuing.

If you intend to run your node locally, try and use a setup where your PC or machine can stay plugged in throughout the day. This is especially important if you are participating in the Monte Rosa release. Otherwise, you can use a plug-n-play device such as Avado or Dappnode, which you can plug in and forget about.

## hoprd installation methods​

We support multiple distribution mechanisms to install hoprd:

Using Docker you can run hoprd on your device.
Regardless of which way you install hoprd, you will access and interact with it through your browser. The exact URL for this will vary depending on your installation method and whether or not you used a VPS. All details can be found in their respective installation section.