How to setup a PieX Masternode (PIEX Masternodes)

Guide / Tutorial on how to setup a remote PIEX masternode on Linux to earn PIEX yield.


  • Ubuntu VPS from VULTR (cheapest VPS is enough)
  • PieX Wallet on local Computer

Controllers Wallet = Wallet on local Computer
Masternode Wallet = Wallet on remote VPS Server

PieX Controllers Wallet Setup

First, open piex Wallet and go to “debug window”.

In this debug window, go to “Console” and type in “masternode genkey”. Save the output to a text file called “masternode.txt”.

Now create a new address called “Masternode1”

Then, go to tab “send” and send EXACTLY 25,000 PieX to your Masternode1 address.  Wait for 15 Confirmations.

Open the debug window again and type in “masternode outputs”. Save both values in the masternode.txt file.

Ubuntu VPS Setup

If you don’t have a VPS already, get the 1GB Ram VPS from Vultr:  Rent VPS

Install Ubuntu 16.04 x64 OS onto it.

Connect to your Ubuntu VPS via SSH and update & upgrade the server first.

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Now add a user and add him in the sudoers group so he has root access.

adduser piex
adduser piex sudo

Now change to user “piex” and setup SSH keys for enhanced Security.

su piex

sudo ssh-keygen -b 4096
cd .ssh
sudo cat >> authorized_keys

Now save the private key “id_rsa” to your clients computer so you can authenticate to the server with the SSH Certificate. (You must convert id_rsa to a “.ppk file in order to use the privatekey with Putty)

Restart the SSH Server and test if the authentication with the private key works.

sudo service ssh restart

If it works, edit the SSH config file to disable password authentication & root login.

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Change following Values in the file.

PasswordAuthentication no
UsePAM no
PermitRootLogin no

PIEX Masternode Setup

First we must setup swap space, so we can compile piex even with low ram. If we don’t setup swap space and have low ram, the compiling process will probably fail.

fallocate -l 3G /swapfile
chmod 600 /swapfile
mkswap /swapfile
swapon /swapfile
echo -e "/swapfile none swap sw 0 0 \n" >> /etc/fstab

Now we install some dependencies.
From now on as PieX User!

sudo apt-get install -y pkg-config
sudo apt-get -y install build-essential autoconf automake libtool libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev git 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev

Install PieX onto the ubuntu vps server.
Run following Commands to install git, compile software & more

sudo git clone 
cd PieXcoin 
sudo chmod +x share/ 
sudo chmod +x 
sudo chmod 755 src/leveldb/build_detect_platform
sudo ./ 
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

Now start the PieXd daemon for first time and save “rpcuser & rpcpassword” into a text file.

cd ~/PieXcoin/src
piexd -daemon

Edit the “piex.conf” file on the masternode vps server.

sudo nano ~/.piex/piex.conf

Paste this into it and adjust the values to your values. (masternodeprivkey is the value you got from “masternode genkey” in debug window)


Now start the PieXd daemon again

cd ~/PieXcoin/src
piexd -daemon

Check info

piex-cli getinfo

If the output of the “getinfo” command seems good, go to the next Step.

Final Masternode Setup Step

Back on the local Computer, go to “%appdata%/PIEX/piex.conf” and add these 2 lines with your values. (You set rpcuser & rpcpassword on the vps)


Now go to “”%appdata%/PIEX/masternode.conf” and add the following lines (with your values)

MN1 93HaYBVUCYjEMeeH1Y4sBGLALQZE1Yc1K64xiqgX37tGBDQL8Xg 2bcd3c84c84f87eaa86e4e56834c92927a07f9e18718810b92e0d0324456a67c 0


MN1 = Masternode alias
123:220.42.69:51474= IP address & port of remote ubuntu masternode vps
93HaYBVUCYjEMeeH1Y4sBGLALQZE1Yc1K64xiqgX37tGBDQL8Xg = output of “masternode genkey” command
2bcd3c84c84f87eaa86e4e56834c92927a07f9e18718810b92e0d0324456a67c = 1. value of output of “masternode outputs” command
0 = 2. value of output from “masternode outputs” command in debug window

Now reopen the PieX Wallet, goto “Masternodes” and click Start alias. Your remote Masternode should now be running!

I hope i could help you on how to setup a PieX Masternode! 🙂
If questions, please comment below 🙂




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  1. Hi thanks for your guide. I get bash: cd: db-4.8.30.NC/build_unix/: Permission denied
    on this command?
    Not sure why.


    1. Hey 🙂

      I have updated the guide and now everything should work a 100%. I tested it multiple times now again 🙂
      Please try again and tell me if it works 🙂


  2. Ok so i do not get it why in this guide there is nothing about sending 25k of piex to your vps?
    Why guide from piex discord is diffrent?

    1. There are 2 ways. You either run your wallet with the 25k piex also on Linux OR you store the 25k piex on the wallet on windows (controller wallet) and have the MN on a VPS. I prefer the 2nd Way and also think its more secure.

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