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How to Install Insight-api on Ubuntu 18.04

Antti Kaikkonen

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1) Update your server
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

2) Install some tools and dependencies
sudo apt install npm
sudo apt install build-essential
sudo apt install libzmq3-dev

3) Download Dash-core
cd ~
wget https://github.com/dashpay/dash/releases/download/v0.14.0.5/dashcore-
tar -xvzf dashcore-
rm dashcore-

4) Install https://github.com/dashevo/dashcore-node
sudo npm install -g @dashevo/dashcore-node

5) Create a configuration for your node
dashcore-node create mynode

7) Install insight-api service
cd mynode
dashcore-node install @dashevo/insight-api

8) Change datadir and exec
nano dashcore-node.json
Change the value of "datadir" to "../.dashcore"
Change the value of "exec" to "../dashcore-0.14.0/bin/dashd"

9) Run it
dashcore-node start
For me it started synchronizing in 5-10 minutes and finished in 1-2 hours.
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Thanks @Antti Kaikkonen !! I have worked through this and confirmed the process works as advertised. I'd like to include this in the official documentation, since there are a few conflicting instructions floating around on the internet. Is there a way we can modify this so that it doesn't run with root privileges? Would this help remove the manual changes you make in step 8? Also can we add steps to install the UI and block explorer?

@Obusco do you have a few comments here as well? What should a standard install look like? Can we fix the dependency error in steps 5/6?
@strophy the manual changes are required because the version 4.0.0 is not available in https://www.npmjs.com/package/@dashevo/dashcore-node. If 4.0.0 was available then I think step 4 could also be replaced with
npm install -g @dashevo/dashcore-node
. I think I tried installing with the latest version in the npm repository (3.0.6) but didn't manage to get it working.

I don't think I have the time to work on this this month but maybe next month.