I would like to run a stake pool, but don't know if I am capable to do this. What do I need for that?


Running a stake pool requires two main components, technical ability and marketing savvy. I'll outline some of this at a high level for you below.


  • Linux server administration. You must be able to setup and administer a server that will run your pool and relay nodes. You will need to be comfortable running applications in the terminal.
  • Bash scripting (for setting up your pool, running the nodes, etc.)


  • A pool cannot make blocks without attracting delegation. It take around 1.2M ADA to average one block per epoch.
  • Pools need effective marketing to attract enough delegators unless you own enough ADA yourself.
  • This is actually the hardest part about running a pool.

One last thing is pledge, currently the pledge only has a small effect on the rewards a pool earns. However, this is set to increase in the future. The exact amount of pledge needed is unknown but will be more than a few thousand ADA. Looking at most of the pools that are out there I would assume anything less than 50-100k ADA will not be sufficient.

There is a plethora of resources for how to setup a node, but hopefully this helps to answer the question of whether or not this is something you want to pursue. Good luck!

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    I like that you answered the politics side as much as the technical one. As a DevOps Engineer, I was thrilled with the idea of setting my own pool and helping the protocol along the way, until I discovered it's not really "random guy with good technical skills"-friendly.
    – insideClaw
    Apr 27 at 18:44
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    3. Lots of time May 1 at 16:11

This is the guide that I used and also included the prerequisites from their site below:



Mandatory skills for stake pool operators

As a stake pool operator for Cardano, you will be competent with the following abilities:

  • operational knowledge of how to set up, run and maintain a Cardano node continuously
  • a commitment to maintain your node 24/7/365
  • system operation skills
  • server administration skills (operational and maintenance).

Mandatory experience for stake pool operators

  • experience of development and operations (DevOps)
  • experience on how to harden and secure a server.
  • passed the official Stake Pool School course.

It's is the most comprehensive guide out there, IMO. I used it for setting up my own stake pool.


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