System Requirements and Installation Guide
To install Raiden you can either:
Below we will give details on how to use the self-contained application bundles on different platforms, as well as the other installation methods.
Installation via Raiden Wizard
If you are new to Raiden or just want to use it without caring too much for the technical details, we recommend the Raiden Wizard to get started. It will help you to install Raiden and to acquire all necessary tokens for running it on the Ethereum mainnet.
If you want to try out Raiden with test tokens on a testnet before running it on mainnet, you can use the Görli Wizard for installing Raiden and receiving tokens:
Installation from GitHub
Download the latest
raiden-<version>-linux-x86_64.tar.gz, and extract it:
tar -xvzf raiden-<version>-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
The Raiden binary should work on most 64bit GNU/Linux distributions without any specific system dependencies, other
than an Ethereum client installed in your system (see below). The Raiden binary takes the same command line
arguments as the
Download the latest
raiden-<version>-macOS-x86_64.zip, and extract it:
The resulting binary will work on any version of macOS from 10.12 onwards without any other dependencies.
Or you can use Homebrew to install the most up to date binary:
brew tap raiden-network/raiden
brew install raiden
An Ethereum client is required in both cases. The Raiden binary takes the same command line
arguments as the
Raiden is also available as a PyPi package and can be installed with :ref:
Currently we don’t provide any pre-built executables for the Raspberry Pi. You can still install
Raiden from a PyPi package with :ref:
This process will work on any Raspberry Pi from Model 2B onwards without any other dependencies. Please be patient for the installation process, since there might not be pre-built wheels available for most dependencies.
An Ethereum client is required to run Raiden.
Installation using pip
To get the latest available stable version via
pip install raiden
If you’d like to give the pre-releases a spin, use pip’s
pip install --pre raiden
Installation via Docker
There are two options to run a raiden docker image:
Create the Image yourself and use our Dockerfile as template or use the already built image from Dockerhub:
docker run -it raidennetwork/raiden:latest
The required keystore can easily be mounted in the docker container:
docker run -it --mount src=/PATH/TO/LOCAL/KEYSTORE,target=/keystore,type=bind raidennetwork/raiden:latest --keystore-path /keystore
Other flags such as the JSON-RPC endpoint to an Ethereum node can easily be chained to the command.
You will need a local or remote Ethereum node to connect Raiden to.
Check this link to install the Geth client.
Download and install OpenEthereum from here.
Or sign up at a service like Infura to set up a remote node.
Now you are ready to get started.
If you plan to develop on the Raiden source code, or the binary distributions do not work for your system, you can follow these steps to install a development version.
Additional dependencies for development installations
You will also need to obtain the system dependencies for pyethapp.
Installation from source
Clone the repository:
git clone https://github.com/raiden-network/raiden.git
Navigate to the directory:
It’s strongly advised to create a virtualenv for Raiden (requires python3.8) and install all python dependencies there.
After you have done that you can proceed to install the dependencies:
You will also need to connect your Ethereum client to the Ropsten testnet. See below for guidelines on how to connect with both OpenEthereum and Geth.
Please refer to the detailed step-by-step guide for setting up a macOS development environment.
- To fire up Raiden you need at least
a synced Ethereum Node - using Geth, OpenEthereum or Infura
an Ethereum keystore file - whereas the address holds ETH, RDN, and the ERC20 token you want to transfer
If you want to use Raiden services that charge a fee, a deposit of RDN tokens to pay the services with.
More about the Raiden services (pathfinding and monitoring service) will be explained below. On the testnets there are also free services available, and on any network it is possible (though not recommended) to use Raiden without Raiden services.
We will provide you with the necessary cli arguments step by step. Full example is at the end of each section.
1. and 2. The synced Ethereum Node & Keystore
Run the Ethereum client and let it sync:
geth --syncmode fast --rpc --rpcapi eth,net,web3
When you want to use a testnet add one of the
--goerli flags or set the network id with
Unless you already have an account you can also create one in the console by invoking
If problems arise for above method, please see the Ropsten README for further instructions.
Then launch Raiden with the default testnet keystore path:
raiden --keystore-path ~/.ethereum/testnet/keystore
Run the client and let it sync:
openethereum --no-warp --jsonrpc-apis=web3,eth,net,parity
When you want to use a testnet add the
--chain ropsten or
--chain kovan flags or set the network id with
OpenEthereum sometimes loses its historical DB (potentially after updates). Due to this some events might be lost which will result in Raiden not being able to fetch all events. Therefore it is recommended to make sure to have OpenEthereum fully synced with the
After syncing the chain, an existing Ethereum account can be used or a new one can be generated using ethkey. After account creation, launch Raiden with the path of your keystore supplied:
raiden --keystore-path ~/.local/share/openethereum/keys/ethereum
Sign up with Infura to get an API token. After that you can start using Raiden directly:
raiden --keystore-path ~/.ethereum/keystore --eth-rpc-endpoint "https://<network>.infura.io/v3/<yourToken>"
<network> can be mainnet, ropsten, etc.
Select the desired Ethereum account when prompted, and type in the account’s password.
3. Depositing tokens to pay the services
To pay the services, you have to lock some of your Raiden tokens in the
To deposit, you can use the Raiden API, the Raiden Web Interface or manually call the smart contracts:
Optional CLI arguments
There are further CLI arguments with which you can control, among other things
The choice of a pathfinding service
The choice of a monitoring service
In doubt, you can use the following to see all possible CLI arguments:
1. Pathfinding service
A pathfinding service is a third party service helping your node with efficient transfer routing. It is usually paid in RDN tokens.
Direct channels to other nodes can be used without asking the PFS for a route.
If you want to stop broadcasting information about your channel states to
--routing-mode private. As a result, PFSes won’t create routes
that include your node as a mediator.
If you want to use a particular pathfinding service, you can
do so with
--pathfinding-service-address <url>. Otherwise Raiden will automatically pick one of the pathfinding
services from the registry.
The default setting for the pathfinding options is to use a pathfinding service and choose it automatically
--routing-mode pfs --pathfinding-service-address auto).
2. Monitoring service
A monitoring service watches a client’s open channels while it is offline, and represents the client in case of settlement.
Like the pathfinding service, it is paid in RDN tokens. If you want to use a monitoring service, use the option
--enable-monitoring and Raiden will automatically pick one from its service registry.
By default the monitoring services are disabled.
Enabling monitoring of channels will require a default reward value of 5 RDN for successfully monitoring your channel.
3. Logging configuration
By default raiden keeps a “debug” log file so that people who have not configured logging but are facing problems can still provide us with some logs to debug their problems.
For expert users of raiden who want to configure proper logging we recommend disabling the debug log file and configuring normal logging appropriately.
To disable the log file the
--disable-debug-logfile argument should be passed.
To specify the logging level add:
--log-config ":debug" if you want all debug statements to be logged. The logging level can actually be configured down to the module level through this argument.
To provide the filename for the logs use
--log-file XXX where
XXX is the full path and filename to the log you want to create or append to. Note that Raiden uses a python WatchedFileHandler for this log. That means that if you or your system moves the logfile (for example due to log rotation) then Raiden will detect that and close and reopen the log file handler with the same name.
Finally by default the output of the logs are in plain readable text format. In order to make them machine readable and parsable json add the
Summing up these are the arguments you need to append if you want to disable the debug log and want to configure normal logging for up to debug statement in json inside a file called
--disable-debug-logfile --log-config ":debug" --log-file raiden.log --log-json