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How to run a mipseed (Linux):

  1. Download the latest Monero CLI. Download links as usual are here:
  2. Download and unzip the latest (non-GUI) version of I2P-zero here:
  3. Run I2P-zero by entering the i2p-zero unzipped directory and typing: router/bin/i2p-zero
  4. (optional) Find out your randomly assigned I2P port by typing: router/bin/ router.externalPort. For privacy reasons, do not disclose this port number to other people. Tell your firewall to forward traffic through to this port so that your I2P node is publicly reachable. If you have no ability to allow incoming connections, everything will still work, but your I2P node will not be helping the I2P network as much as it could.
  5. Create a socks tunnel for outgoing I2P connections by typing: router/bin/ socks.create 8060
  6. Create a server tunnel for incoming I2P connections by typing: router/bin/ server.create.vanity 8061 none xyz replacing xyz with a 3 alphanumeric character vanity prefix for your public b32.i2p address. This command will take a few minutes to complete, depending on how fast your CPU is. If you do not want a vanity prefix, use the command: router/bin/ server.create 8061
  7. The command above will result in an I2P address being printed to the command line, which will end with .b32.i2p. This is your new I2P address.
  8. You now need to keep a backup of your private keys to your I2P address on another computer for safekeeping. Do this by taking a backup of the ~/.i2p-zero/config/tunnels.json file
  9. Run monerod by typing the following, replacing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.b32.i2p with your own I2P address that was printed from step 6: monerod --tx-proxy i2p, --anonymous-inbound XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.b32.i2p, --prune-blockchain --detach

That's it! You are now running a mipseed, which will itself be seeded by the manually added mipseeds specified with the --add-peer entries passed to monerod.

Note: monerod versions v0.17.1.3 onwards comes with a list of hardcoded monerod peers accessible via I2P which are used to then discover further I2P peers. You can manually add peers to the list by passing --add-peer flags to the monerod command above. E.g. --add-peer core5hzivg4v5ttxbor4a3haja6dssksqsmiootlptnsrfsgwqqa.b32.i2p

If you are running Linux, it would be useful to set this all up to run automatically if the machine is ever rebooted. You can do this by creating systemd service files, as documented here.

What this all about:

Monero now has I2P support. Soon, the GUI will make it easy for anyone to enable I2P.

When people run monerod with I2P enabled, they will need to connect to a "mipseed" to discover all of the I2P addresses where other people are running I2P-enabled monero nodes.

A "mipseed", which is short for "monero I2P seed", is simply a computer running a monerod instance that is accessible via I2P.

Your mipseed will only be there to inform others of I2P addresses it knows about, and to share new transaction announcements via I2P.

Because you will be running your mipseed behind I2P, disclosing your I2P address will not disclose to anyone your identity, your IP address or even your country.

List of mipseed maintainers:

dsc7fyzzultm7y6pmx2avu6tze3usc7d27nkbzs5qwuujplxcmzq.b32.i2p # dsc_
spn4ef3gddveqxkco6fhh7epyxnvdmei4w6hioiiunfvvljxgcoa.b32.i2p # gingeropolous
yht4tm2slhyue42zy5p2dn3sft2ffjjrpuy7oc2lpbhifcidml4q.b32.i2p # niocbrrrrrr
sel36x6fibfzujwvt4hf5gxolz6kd3jpvbjqg6o3ud2xtionyl2q.b32.i2p # selsta
core5hzivg4v5ttxbor4a3haja6dssksqsmiootlptnsrfsgwqqa.b32.i2p # reserved for future use