How to setup a Litecoin node

Note: Setting up Litecoin and Bitcoin nodes is very similar, you can check my previous post on how to setup a Bitcoin node. This tutorial describes how to setup a new Litecoin relay node on Linux server – this node will be used as relay node in the Litecoin network and it’s not recommended to store anything in it’s wallet.

Download Litecoin from official website: https://litecoin.org/”>https://litecoin.org/
At the moment the most recent version can be downloaded using this direct link: https://download.litecoin.org/litecoin-0.8.7.1/linux/litecoin-0.8.7.1-linux.tar.xz”>https://download.litecoin.org/litecoin-0.8.7.1/linux/litecoin-0.8.7.1-linux.tar.xz

Extract archive:

Create litecoin configuration file:

Create new file in ~/.litecoin called litecoin.conf with following contents (you should setup different password):

Start litecoin daemon

From this moment initial node bootstrapping begins – you’ll see a lot of server resources being used, especially disk and CPU

After few moments you can check if your node is downloading blocks from the network (bootstrapping), use this command:

You should see similar output:

This is how fully synchronized node looks at the moment:

Additional step: Depending on your firewall configuration you might need to add following exceptions to the iptables: