The Setup Menus

Here's more information about each setup menu along the way!

Loading Screen

Just our loading screen, first time you run it, the bottom banner will read this.

First run detected!

First run, first menu

Start Installer Application Run this option if you are loading a brand new server for the very first time.

Start Validator Toolbox Menu Run this option if you are loading the toolbox on a server that is already running as a harmony validator node.

Shard Choice

Pick a shard, any shard!

Simply pick the shard this node will run on. It's a personal preference, although we suggest looking at the smart stake site and determining which shard of 1-3 has the lowest # of keys and using that shard.

Node Type

Pick your node type

Standard Signing Node Known to most as a "Harmony Validator" this option loads a wallet and saves your passphrase in ~/harmony/passphrase.txt

Full Node Non Validating Dev/RPC Choose this option to load a system that doesn't use a wallet. Mostly used by developers and RPC services

Testnet or Mainnet

Choose testnet or mainnet for your server


The main Harmony ONE Blockchain for normal operations.


The Harmony ONE Testnet, use with test tokens. You can visit our discord community if you need test network coins, we have plenty.

Express Install or Manual Choices

Express or Manual?

Express Install

Assumes you want the kitchen sink for your validator.

Manual Approval This lets you choose y/n on every option along the way.

Password File (Regular Signing Validator Nodes Only)

Password prompt, enter your wallet password, confirm it to continue

Enter a password for your wallet on this node. It's unique to this server

Recover Wallet (Regular Signing Validator Nodes Only)

Recover mnemonic phrase into wallet directly

Add your mnemonic phrase here directly into the hmy file interface. We do not store or save this information.

New Users - If you do not have a wallet yet, press ctrl+c to skip wallet recovery and after installation you can manually create or import a wallet of your choosing.

Clone Shards

You will now start cloning your shards. If you choose shard 1-3 that shard will download before shard 0. You can press ctrl+c to cancel downloading of any shard to move past that download.

Shard 1 Incoming

Shard 0 on the way!

Install completed!

Install complete!

As mentioned earlier, if you do not have sudoless root access, you will be prompted for a password, which is often several lines up from the bottom of the screen and sometimes hard to see.