# Using Cosmovisor

Cosmovisor (opens new window) is a process manager for running application binaries. Using Cosmovisor is not required but recommended for node operators that would like to automate the upgrade process.

# Installation

Cosmovisor Versions

The following instructions use the latest version (v1.2), which does not support installation with go install and therefore cosmovisor must be built from source.

The most recent version that supports go install is v1.0, which is still safe to use but the configuration will be different and several improvements have since been added.

For more information about each version, see the release notes:

Clone the cosmos-sdk repository (if not already cloned):

git clone https://github.com/cosmos/cosmos-sdk

Change into the cosmos-sdk repository:

cd cosmos-sdk

Fetch the latest tags (if already cloned):

git fetch --all

Check out the tagged release:

git checkout cosmovisor/v1.2.0

Build the cosmovisor binary:

make cosmovisor

Copy the built binary to your GOBIN directory:

cp ./cosmovisor/cosmovisor $HOME/go/bin

Check the version:

cosmovisor version

You should see the following (the errors following the version are expected if environment variables are not yet set, which will be set in the systemd file in the next section):

cosmovisor version: 1.2.0

# Cosmovisor Service

Create a cosmovisor.service systemd service file and make sure the environment variables are set to the desired values (the following example includes the default cosmovisor configuration settings with the exception of DAEMON_NAME and DAEMON_HOME):

Unsafe Skip Backups

The following recommended settings include UNSAFE_SKIP_BACKUP=false as a precaution but setting this to true will make the upgrade go much faster. Ideally backups are created ahead of time in order to limit the time it takes to bring validators back online.

echo "[Unit]
Description=Cosmovisor daemon
ExecStart=${GOBIN}/cosmovisor run start
" >cosmovisor.service

For more information about the configuration options used in the example above, see Command Line Arguments And Environment Variables (opens new window).

Move the file to the systemd directory:

sudo mv cosmovisor.service /lib/systemd/system/cosmovisor.service

# Initialize Cosmovisor

Run the initialization command (if you built the regen binary from source, the path will be different, so make sure you provide the path to the regen binary that will be used as the starting binary):

DAEMON_HOME=~/.regen DAEMON_NAME=regen cosmovisor init $HOME/go/bin/regen

# Starting Cosmovisor

Start cosmovisor to make sure everything is configured correctly:

sudo systemctl start cosmovisor

Check the status of the cosmovisor service:

sudo systemctl status cosmovisor

Enable cosmovisor to start automatically when the machine reboots:

sudo systemctl enable cosmovisor.service

# Configuration Updates

When you make changes to the configuration, be sure to stop and start the cosmovisor service so that you are using the latest changes.

sudo systemctl stop cosmovisor
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start cosmovisor

Check the status of the cosmovisor service:

sudo systemctl status cosmovisor