Quick start guide
In this section, we show you how to get started with installing the needed libraries and packages in Celestia to help you run a node on Celestia.
celestia-node allows you to get started with
running a light node and do Data Availability Sampling.
Light Nodes are the best nodes to test out initially if you are new to participating in Celestia.
celestia-node client also allows you to run other types
of Data-Availability nodes like Bridge and Full Storage
nodes, which will be covered in later sections.
celestia-app is the software that allows you to run
validator nodes and also provide RPC endpoints.
celestia-app covers the Consensus layer, while
covers the Data Availability layer.
If you are planning to run a light node, it is recommended to use Arabica, which you will find options to connecting to in the later sections.
If you plan on running a validator, your only option is to run your node on Mocha.
In this Quick Start guide, we will go over installing both of
the software clients:
NOTE: If you just want to run a light node, you don't need to install
celestia-appand can skip that part.
Proceed to the next section in order to get started.