How To Run An Aptos FullNode Using Docker

by: tinanpha

Hey guys, welcome back to Tin Anpha. Today I will guide you thorough how to run an Aptos FullNode using Docker.

Disclaimer: This is just tutorial help, not financial advice. Please do your own research before making any investment.


These days people use Docker pretty much because it’s fast, it can run in any OS, it likes when you run a snapshot and you will have everything there,.. ready to play with the app.

I suggest we rent a VPS (Virtual Private Sever) because we have to keep it running 24/7. I choose Contabo because it’s cheap with the hardware that event requires as you can see below:

Sever Requirements

Go to and Choose the Cloud VPS S as below:

Fill out the password and hit Next

If you are new to Contabo you can create new account by filling the info or you can change to tab “I’m a Contabo Customer to login and hit Next

Then hit Oder & Pay

Then wait for Contabo to send you the login info in you email

Get the IP address and with the password you have just filled above, we are ready to go

Now connect to your VPS using terminal (if you use MacOS) or use Window Terminal if you use WindowOS with this command:

ssh root@[your IP address]

My Exp:

    ssh root@

Type “yes” then Paste your Password (Remember the password does not show up) and enter

Now you are connected to the VPS:

Update your VPS Sever:

    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Intall dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install jq unzip -y

Install Docker

    sudo apt-get install ca-certificates curl gnupg lsb-release wget -y
    curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg
    echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli -y

Create a directory for your local public FullNode, and cd into it.

    mkdir aptos-fullnode && cd aptos-fullnode

Run the following script to prepare your local config and data dir for DevNet:

    mkdir data && \
    curl -O []( && \
    curl -O []( && \
    curl -O [](


    apt install ufw -y 
    ufw allow ssh 
    ufw allow https 
    ufw allow http 
    ufw allow 6180 
    ufw allow 80 
    ufw allow 9101 
    ufw allow 181 
    ufw allow 182 
    ufw allow 8080 
    ufw allow 9103 
    ufw enable

Update the with in the public_full_node.yaml — listen_address and api\address

    sudo nano public_full_node.yaml

Replace with then save the file (Ctrl +O) and exit (Ctrl +X)

Install Tmux

    apt install tmux

Call Tmux


Finally, start the fullnode via docker:

    docker run --pull=always --rm -p 8080:8080 -p 9101:9101 -p 6180:6180 -v $(pwd):/opt/aptos/etc -v $(pwd)/data:/opt/aptos/data --workdir /opt/aptos/etc --name=aptos-fullnode aptoslabs/validator:devnet aptos-node -f /opt/aptos/etc/public_full_node.yaml

After the node is running you can detach tmux by hit Ctrl + B (at the same time) then let go → hit D

Now you can check your node running here: