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Install Node Operator Service Locally

SubQuery TeamAbout 1 min

Install Node Operator Service Locally


If you are a beginner, installing the Node Operator service locally via Docker is preferred.

Docker is used to make the installation process as simple as possible as it maintains consistency and integrity.

The process includes obtaining the docker-compose.yml file and then starting the container. This can be done in 2 ways:

  1. On your own computer or localhost
  2. On a cloud provider such as AWS

Now, let's explore how to run the Node Operator Service Locally step-by-step.

Initial Preparation

Step 1 - Download the Indexer Service file

  • Download node operator services docker-compose.yml file to you machine, which consists of all the images to build and start the various applications.
mkdir subquery-indexer && cd subquery-indexer
curl -o docker-compose.yml

# extra steps to use local ipfs node
mkdir ipfs
curl -o ipfs/
chmod +x ipfs/


Please change the default PostgreSQL password in the POSTGRES_PASSWORD field and in the coordinator-service's postgres-password field in the docker-compose.yml file.

Step 2 - Start the Node Operator Services

Run the following command to start the Node Operator service:

docker-compose up -d

Please check that the Docker is already running. The images will be pulled from Docker and then it will start the following services:

  • indexer_db
  • indexer_coordinator
  • indexer_proxy
  • indexer_cache
  • (Optional) indexer_ipfs

docker compose-up command line

Step 3 - Check Local IPFS

If you have decided to use local IPFS

# check peers, it should not be empty and contains at least one of the following peer
docker exec indexer_ipfs ipfs swarm peers
docker exec indexer_ipfs ipfs swarm peers | grep -E "(12D3KooWHEEjciF2JmDukCkWW93tQ7eJYs16PWqEo81GrXz82DUL|12D3KooWForH2nsSRN5cynPhoona6re1nw2EcimQJxHnicd1yqUV|12D3KooWPhsrviSKFTKawpW3bRAdLZ89jhXdYuszAys4YwL3RMn3|12D3KooWCFokEyt9gtuQHTwVAzwBsdjsBqfSxq1D3X1FsAbTwaSN)"

Step 4 - Open the Node Operator Admin Page

Open http://localhost:8000/ in your browser to view the Node Operator App.

Next Steps

You have successfully installed and started the Node Operator Service locally, please return to the previous page


Having trouble running a command or setting up the service? Got stuck in the process? Find your solutions here.

If you want to use a separated database for the Node Operator service, you can follow this guide to set up the database and install the Node Operator service.