Motion MasterNode Manual Install


  • Recommended VPS size: 2GB RAM (if less its ok, we can make swap partition)
  • It must be Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial)
  • Make sure you have a transaction of exactly 1000 XMN in your desktop wallet (If you dont, you can auto-make that transaction from you to you).
  • motion.conf file on LOCAL wallet MUST BE EMPTY! (if you haven’t touched this file it’s OK)
  • masternode.conf file on VPS wallet MUST BE EMPTY! (if you haven’t touched this file it’s OK)
  • You need a different IP for each masternode you plan to host

This guide is for a single masternode, on a Ubuntu 14.04 64bit server (2GB RAM minimum) or 16.04 LTS (2GB RAM minimum). That will be controlled from the wallet on your local computer and all commands on VPS are running as root.

NOTES: PRE_ENABLED status is NOT an issue, just restart local wallet and wait a few minutes.

If your VPS doesn’t have enough RAM, create 2–4GB of swap memory using these commands line by line:

cd /
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile bs=1M count=3000
sudo mkswap swapfile
sudo swapon swapfile
sudo nano etc/fstab
/swapfile none swap sw 0 0

Wallet Setup Part 1

  • Open your wallet on your desktop.
  • Click Receive, then click Request and put your Label such as “MN1”.
  • Copy the Address and Send EXACTLY 1000 XMN to this Address
  • Go to the tab at the bottom that says Tools
  • Go to the tab at the top that says Console

Wait for 15 confirmations, then run following command:

masternode outputs

You should see one line corresponding to the transaction id (tx_id) of your 1000 coins with a digit identifier (digit). Save these two strings in a text file.


  "6a66ad6011ee363c2d97da0b55b73584fef376dc0ef43137b478aa73b4b906b0": "0"

Note that if you get more than 1 line, it’s because you made multiple 1000 coins transactions, with the tx_id and digit associated.

Run the following command:

masternode genkey

You should see a long key: (masternodeprivkey)

EXAMPLE: 7xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This is your masternode private key, record it to text file, keep it safe, do not share with anyone. This will be called masternodeprivkey

Next, you have to go to the data directory of your wallet Go to wallet settings => and click Open masternode configuration file

You should see 2 lines both with a # to comment them out. Please make a new line and add:

MN1 (YOUR VPS IP):7979 masternodeprivkey tx_id digit


MN1 7xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 6a66ad6011ee363c2d97da0b55b73584fef376dc0ef43137b478aa73b4b906b0 0

Put your data correctly, save it and close.

Go to Motion Wallet, Click Settings, Check Show Masternodes Tab

Save and Restart your wallet.

Note that each line of the masternode.conf file corresponds to one masternode if you want to run more than one node from the same wallet, just make a new line and repeat steps.

VPS Setup


Windows users will need a program called putty to connect to the VPS

For a guide of how to use putty to connect to a vps please use-

Digital ocean:


Now, Use SSH to Log into your VPS

We need to install some dependencies. Please copy, paste and hit enter:

apt-get update;apt-get upgrade -y;apt-get dist-upgrade -y;apt-get install nano htop git wget unzip -y;apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config -y;apt-get install libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils software-properties-common -y;apt-get install libboost-all-dev -y;apt-get install libzmq3-dev libminiupnpc-dev libssl-dev libevent-dev -y;add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin -y;apt-get update;apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev -y;

Now we have to build the wallet. Clone the Motion Github from Here:

mv /root/motion-0.1.2 /root/motion

Then navigate to the newly created motion folder and execute the following, line by line:

cd motion
chmod 755
chmod 755 share/


Your build will FAIL if you do not have enough RAM memory. If you do not have 2GB or more make a Swap partition BEFORE you try to build!

This process can take a while, it will compile the Motion wallet.

After build completes, you need to start the daemon to create data folders and files, wait a few seconds and stop the daemon so you can edit the conf file on next step, use the follow commands to navigate to src folder to do it:

cd src/
./motiond -daemon

Wait a few seconds then stop with:

./motion-cli stop

Navigate to the data directory by typing:

cd ~/.motioncore

now edit with:

nano motion.conf

Now copy paste the following configuration, and edit with your VPS IP and msternodeprivkey:

rpcuser=user(replace with whatever you want)
rpcpassword=pass(replace with whatever you want)
externalip=(YOUR VPS IP):7979

IMPORTANT You need to change IP to your VPS IP address, the masternodeprivkey is the one that you got from the main wallet. Choose whatever you like for user and password. Note that the port should be 7979 for Motion masternodes and rpcport is 3385 for sentinel.

Hold Ctrl + X, type Y => Enter The file motion.conf is now saved!

If you have a firewall running, you need to open the 7979 and 3385 port, example on UFW:

sudo ufw allow 7979/tcp
sudo ufw allow 3385/tcp
sudo ufw enable

Now Let’s restart motiond:

cd /root/motion/src/
./motiond -daemon

Wait like 10 mins for your wallet to download the blockchain. You can check the progress with the following command :

./motion-cli getblockcount

Now we need SENTINEL to fix WATCHDOG EXPIRED issue:

Install Prerequisites For Sentinel

Make sure Python version 2.7.x or above is installed:

python --version

Update system packages and ensure virtualenv is installed:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install python3-pip
sudo pip3 install virtualenv

Make sure the local Motion daemon running is at least version 0.1.2 (10200)

Install Motion Sentinel

Clone the Sentinel repo and install Python dependencies.

type in terminal:

git clone && cd sentinel
virtualenv ./venv
./venv/bin/pip install -r requirements.txt

Set up Cron

Set up a crontab entry to call Sentinel every minute:

crontab -e

In the crontab editor, add the lines below, replace /home/YOURUSERNAME/sentinel to the path where you cloned sentinel: (should be /root)

* * * * * cd /home/YOURUSERNAME/sentinel && ./venv/bin/python bin/ >/dev/null 2>&1

Test the Configuration

Test the config by runnings all tests from the sentinel folder you cloned into

./venv/bin/py.test ./test

With all tests passing and crontab setup, Sentinel will stay in sync with motiond and the installation is complete

Configuration (Optional)

An alternative (non-default) path to the motion.conf file can be specified in sentinel.conf:



To view debug output, set the SENTINEL_DEBUG environment variable to anything non-zero, then run the script manually:

SENTINEL_DEBUG=1 ./venv/bin/python bin/

Starting Your Masternode

Go back to your desktop wallet, to the Masternode tab. You need to wait for 15 confirmations in order to start the masternode on your VPS

You can check by going to putty and type:

cd /root/motion/src
./motion-cli getblockcount (needs to be more than 0 to be in sync)

NOTE: If the Masternode tab isn’t showing, you need to click settings, check Show Masternodes Tab save, and restart the wallet If your Masternode does not show, restart the wallet

Now Click start-all. Your masternode should be now up and running!

Checking Your Masternode

You can check the masternode status by going to the masternode vps and typing:

cd /root/motion/src/
./motion-cli masternode status

If your masternode is running it should print Masternode successfully started.

You can also check your MN status by local wallet - tools -> console, just type:

masternode list full XXXXX

(Where XXXXX is yours first 5 character of TX_ID).