Hi, and welcome to the first of my new series called: Future Workings. Here I will take you on my journey towards financial freedom. Do I know what I’m doing? No. Am I rich yet? No, not in the slightest. Am I trying anything to see what sticks? Fuck yes. So, before we start please note that I am in no way giving anyone advice on what to do. This is just me sharing information and if it just so happens to help someone, that’s a win! In this first post, I will share information about nodes and the setup of the Presearch Node. Are you ready?

Blockchain Nodes

I’m not here to explain what nodes are. Because there is a ton of information out there. However, I can share the website that helped me along the way. Now of course if you don’t know what “blockchain” means that website might not clear things up for you. Here’s another website with information that might help with that. If you don’t like to read about all these technical terms, a simple YouTube search will result in many videos explaining the blockchain in easier words.

Presearch Nodes

Now that you know what the blockchain and nodes are, I will show you how to set up your own node. If you want to learn about Presearch and its mission please visit their website. Now I will guide you through the setup (on a VPS/Macbook) step by step. We will use a VPS because a node needs to run 24/7 and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my laptop running 24/7.

  • Go to presearch.org and create an account. (disclaimer: this is an affiliate link)
  • Once you’re logged in your will see “Nodes” in the top right corner. Go ahead and click on it.
  • On that page click on “Node Explorer”, which is the red button. Keep this window open.
  • Next we are going to buy a VPS. Go to Contabo.com.
  • On the homepage hover over VPS to open the drop down list and choose “Storage VPS”.
  • Here you see 3 options. We are going to use VPS 300.
  • On the next screen you can leave all the options as is, except for 3. Image. Change this to Ubuntu 18.04.
  • As a payment method I would suggest PayPal because it’s the easiest.
  • You will receive an email with the confirmation and an email once your VPS is ready.
  • In the second email you will find the IP address and the password of your VPS. Keep this handy.
  • Now, on your macbook click Command ⌘ + Spacebar and search for Terminal.
How To Use Terminal On Your Mac - macReports
  • In the Terminal window type in the following (replace the bold text with the IP address for your VPS).
ssh root@the IP address for your VPS
  • This will prompt some text and it will ask you if you want to continue, type “yes”.
  • Next it will ask for the password, copy this from the same email as the IP address. Once you paste it the cursor won’t change, just press enter.
  • Now you’re logged into your VPS.
  • Next type in following below. This will install docker, which is needed for the node.
apt install docker.io
  • Once it’s done copy + paste (click on the line 3 times) the following text. Paste it in Notes or anywhere you can change the bold text (your registration code) first.
docker stop presearch-node ; docker rm presearch-node ; docker stop presearch-auto-updater ; docker rm presearch-auto-updater ; docker run -d --name presearch-auto-updater --restart=unless-stopped -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock containrrr/watchtower --cleanup --interval 300 presearch-node ; docker pull presearch/node ; docker run -dt --name presearch-node --restart=unless-stopped -v presearch-node-storage:/app/node -e REGISTRATION_CODE=YOUR REGISTRATION CODE presearch/node ; docker logs -f presearch-node
  • Once you’ve pasted the text in the terminal window press enter and in a few seconds your node is officially live.
  • Refresh the same Presearch window and at the bottom you will see your node.
  • Next you will have to stake a min. of 1000 PRE into your node. You can do this by buying PRE (disclaimer: this is an affiliate link) and transferring it your PRE wallet.
  • In the same window, click on Transfer PRE at the top right and choose your method. If you already bought PRE and want to send it to your wallet choose “From Blockchain” to get your PRE wallet address.
  • Once you’ve transfered your PRE, simply click “Stake” behind your Node and enter your amount (min. 1000).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. Good luck!