Validating on Matchain

Validator candidates can bond their own staking tokens and have the tokens "delegated", or staked, to them by token holders. The Matchain is Matchain's native token. At its onset, Match only launch with 21 validators. The validators are determined by who has the most stake delegated to them - the top 21 validator candidates with the most stake become part of the active Matchain validator set.

Validators and their delegators will earn Matchain as block provisions and tokens as transaction fees through execution of the PoS consensus protocol. Initially, transaction fees will be paid in MAT. Note that validators can set commission on the fees their delegators receive as additional incentive.


If validators double sign, are frequently offline or do not participate in governance, their staked MAT (including MAT of users that delegated to them) can be slashed. The penalty depends on the severity of the violation.


Validators should set up a physical operation secured with restricted access. A good starting place, for example, would be co-locating in secure data centers.

Validators should expect to equip their datacenter location with redundant power, connectivity, and storage backups. Expect to have several redundant networking boxes for fiber, firewall and switching and then small servers with redundant hard drive and failover. Hardware can be on the low end of datacenter gear to start out with.

We anticipate that network requirements will be low initially. Bandwidth, CPU and memory requirements will rise as the network grows. Large hard drives are recommended for storing years of blockchain history.

Supported OS

We officially support macOS and Linux only in the following architectures:

  • darwin/arm64

  • darwin/x86_64

  • linux/arm64

  • linux/amd64

Minimum Requirements

To run mainnet or testnet validator nodes, you will need a machine with the following minimum hardware requirements:

  • 2 or more physical CPU cores

  • At least 500GB of NVME SSD disk storage. Hard drive I/O speed is crucial!

  • At least 16GB of memory (RAM)

  • At least 100mbps network bandwidth

As the usage of the blockchain grows, the server requirements may increase as well, so you should have a plan for updating your server as well.

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