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Adding or Removing Nodes

At some point you may wish to add or remove nodes from your entity. In order to do so, you will need to have at least the following:

  • Access to a synced node
  • Access to your entity’s private key


If you just need to temporarily disable your node (e.g. to perform system updates), use graceful shutdown instead. This will assure you that your entity will not get penalized during node’s downtime.


The process for adding/removing nodes is similar and has the following steps:

  1. Retrieve your up to date entity descriptor (entity.json)
  2. Update your entity descriptor by adding/removing a node
  3. Generate a register transaction to update your entity registration on the network.

Retrieving Your Latest Entity Descriptor

To ensure that we do not update your entity descriptor (entity.json) incorrectly we should get the latest entity descriptor state. For this operation, you will need to know the base64 encoding of your entity’s public key.

On your server run this command:

oasis-node registry entity list \
-a unix:/serverdir/node/internal.sock -v | grep $ENTITY_PUBLIC_KEY

Updating Your Entity Descriptor

To Add a Node


Due to how the node election process works, only a single node from your entity can be selected as a validator for any given epoch. Additional nodes will not give you more voting power nor will it, inherently, provide high availability to have multiple nodes.

Adding a node is a simple operation that is directly supported by the oasis-node binary. For this operation you’ll need to have initialized a new node, and you’ll need to have the node_genesis.json file in order to add it to the entity descriptor.

Assuming that the node_genesis.json is at /localhostdir/new_node/node_genesis.json the command is the following:

oasis-node registry entity update \
--signer.dir /localhostdir/entity \
--entity.node.descriptor /localhostdir/new_node/node_genesis.json

To Remove a Node

Removing a node requires updating the entity descriptor manually. The entity descriptor file is a simple JSON document that looks something like:

"nodes": [
"allow_entity_signed_nodes": false

In the above entity descriptor 2 nodes are attached to the entity:


To remove the Node BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB= you would remove it from the array in the nodes field, like so:

"nodes": [
"allow_entity_signed_nodes": false

Updating Your Entity Registration on the Network

Finally, to commit the changes on the network you’ll need to generate a register transaction and submit that transaction to the network.

Generating a register Transaction

Run this command on your localhost (as you need your entity’s private key):

oasis-node registry entity gen_register \
--genesis.file $GENESIS_FILE_PATH \
--signer.backend file \
--signer.dir $ENTITY_DIR_PATH \
--transaction.file $OUTPUT_REGISTER_TX_FILE_PATH \
--transaction.fee.gas 1000 \
--transaction.fee.amount 1 \
--transaction.nonce 1

Once this has exited with a 0 status, you should have a file at $OUTPUT_REGISTER_TX_FILE_PATH. Upload that file to your server.

Submitting the Transaction

Run this command on your server:

oasis-node consensus submit_tx \
--transaction.file /serverdir/update_entity_registration.tx \
-a unix:/serverdir/node/internal.sock

If there are no errors, your entity registration should be updated. You can run this command to see the changes reflected:

oasis-node registry entity list \
-a unix:/serverdir/node/internal.sock -v | grep $ENTITY_PUBLIC_KEY
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