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The Cosmos team provides a tool named Cosmovisor that allows your node to perform some automatic operations when needed. This is particularly useful when dealing with on-chain upgrades, because Cosmovisor can help you by taking care of downloading the updated binary and restarting the node for you.

If you want to learn how to setup Cosmovisor inside your full or validator node, please follow the guide below.


1. Downloading Cosmovisor#

The first thing you have to do is downloading the cosmovisor binary file. To do this you can execute the following command:

go get

This will download all the dependencies and build cosmovisor for your machine. Once that's done, you can execute the following command to make sure that cosmovisor is installed:

cosmovisor version

It should print DAEMON_NAME is not set. If that's the case, you have installed cosmovisor successfully.

2. Setting up environmental variables#

Cosmovisor relies on the following environmental variables to work properly:

  • DAEMON_HOME is the location where upgrade binaries should be kept (e.g. $HOME/.desmos).
  • DAEMON_NAME is the name of the binary itself (eg. desmos).
  • DAEMON_ALLOW_DOWNLOAD_BINARIES (optional) if set to true will enable auto-downloading of new binaries (for security reasons, this is intended for full nodes rather than validators).
  • DAEMON_RESTART_AFTER_UPGRADE (optional) if set to true it will restart the sub-process with the same command line arguments and flags (but new binary) after a successful upgrade. By default, cosmovisor dies afterwards and allows the supervisor to restart it if needed. Note that this will not auto-restart the child if there was an error.

To properly set those variables, we suggest you to edit the ~/.profile file so that they are loaded when you log into your machine. To edit this file you can simply run

sudo nano ~/.profile

Once you're in, we suggest you to set the following values:


Once you're done, please reload the ~/.profile file by running

source ~/.profile

You can verify the values set by running


If this outputs desmos you are ready to go.

3. Copying Desmos files in the proper folders#

In order to work properly, Cosmovisor needs the desmos binary to be placed in the ~/.desmos/cosmovisor/genesis/bin folder. To do this you can simply run the following command:

mkdir -p ~/.desmos/cosmovisor/genesis/bin/cp $(which desmos) ~/.desmos/cosmovisor/genesis/bin/

To verify that you have setup everything correctly, you can run the following command:

cosmovisor version

This should output the Desmos version.

4. Restarting your node#

Finally, if you've setup everything correctly you can now restart your node. To do this you can simply stop the running desmos start and re-start your Desmos node using the following command:

cosmovisor start

Updating the service file#

If you are running your node using a service, you need to update your service file to use cosmovisor instead of desmos. To do this you can simply run the following command:

sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/desmosd.service > /dev/null <<EOF  [Unit]Description=Desmos Full
[Service]User=$USERExecStart=$(which cosmovisor) startRestart=alwaysRestartSec=3LimitNOFILE=4096

Once you have edited your system file, you need to reload it using the following command:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Finally, you can restart is as follows:

sudo systemctl restart desmosd