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Register online

This section assumes that you have already generated a participation key for the account you plan to mark online.

Registering an account online requires authorizing a key registration transaction with details of the participation key that will vote on the account's behalf. Once the transaction is processed by the blockchain, the Verifiable Random Function public key (referred to as the VRF public the key) is written into the account’s data and the account will start participating in consensus with that key. This VRF public key is how the account is associated with the specific participation keys.


The moment a key registration transaction is confirmed by the network it takes 320 rounds for the change to take effect. In other words, if a key registration is confirmed in round 1000, the account will not start participating until round 1320.

Create an online key registration transaction

Create a key registration transaction for the address: EW64GC6F24M7NDSC5R3ES4YUVE3ZXXNMARJHDCCCLIHZU6TBEOC7XRSBG4 by inserting the following code snippet into the construction portion of the example shown in Authorizing Transactions Offline. The file produced and displayed with goal clerk inspect should look almost exactly the same as the output shown in the constructing a register online transaction example.

```python tab="Python" from algosdk import encoding ... def write_unsigned(): # setup connectionon algod_client = connect_to_network()

# get suggested parameters
params = algod_client.suggested_params()

b64votekey = "eXq34wzh2UIxCZaI1leALKyAvSz/+XOe0wqdHagM+bw="
votekey_addr = encoding.encode_address(base64.b64decode(b64votekey))
b64selkey = "X84ReKTmp+yfgmMCbbokVqeFFFrKQeFZKEXG89SXwm4="
selkey_addr = encoding.encode_address(base64.b64decode(b64selkey))

# create transaction
data = {
    "votekey": votekey_addr,
    "selkey": selkey_addr,
    "votefst": 6000000,
    "votekd": 1730,
    "fee": 2000,
    "flat_fee": True,
    "first": 6002000,
    "last": 6003000,
    "gen": params.get('genesisID'),
    "gh": params.get('genesishashb64')
txn = transaction.KeyregTxn(**data)

... java tab="Java" ... import java.util.Base64; ... import com.algorand.algosdk.crypto.ParticipationPublicKey; import com.algorand.algosdk.crypto.VRFPublicKey; ... public void writeUnsignedTransaction(){ // connect to node if( algodApiInstance == null ) connectToNetwork(); final String SRC_ADDR = "EW64GC6F24M7NDSC5R3ES4YUVE3ZXXNMARJHDCCCLIHZU6TBEOC7XRSBG4"; String selKeyEncoded = new String("X84ReKTmp+yfgmMCbbokVqeFFFrKQeFZKEXG89SXwm4="); byte[] decodedSelKey = Base64.getDecoder().decode(selKeyEncoded); String voteKeyEncoded = new String("eXq34wzh2UIxCZaI1leALKyAvSz/+XOe0wqdHagM+bw="); byte[] decodedVoteKey = Base64.getDecoder().decode(voteKeyEncoded); try { // Get suggested parameters from the node TransactionParams params = algodApiInstance.transactionParams(); // create transaction String genId = params.getGenesisID(); Digest genesisHash = new Digest(params.getGenesishashb64()); ParticipationPublicKey voteKey = new ParticipationPublicKey(decodedSelKey); VRFPublicKey selKey = new VRFPublicKey(decodedVoteKey); BigInteger voteFst = BigInteger.valueOf(6000000); BigInteger voteLst = BigInteger.valueOf(9000000); BigInteger firstRound = BigInteger.valueOf(6002000); BigInteger lastRound = BigInteger.valueOf(6003000); BigInteger fee = BigInteger.valueOf(2000); BigInteger voteKd = BigInteger.valueOf(1730); Transaction tx = new Transaction(new Address(SRC_ADDR), fee, firstRound, lastRound, null, genId, genesisHash, voteKey, selKey, voteFst, voteLst, voteKd); ```

```go tab="Go" func saveUnsignedTransaction() {

// setup connection
algodClient := setupConnection()

// get network suggested parameters
txParams, err := algodClient.SuggestedParams()
if err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("error getting suggested tx params: %s\n", err)

// create transaction
genID := txParams.GenesisID
genesisHash := base64.StdEncoding.EncodeToString(txParams.GenesisHash)
voteKey := "eXq34wzh2UIxCZaI1leALKyAvSz/+XOe0wqdHagM+bw="
selKey := "X84ReKTmp+yfgmMCbbokVqeFFFrKQeFZKEXG89SXwm4="
voteFirst := uint64(6000000)
voteLast := uint64(9000000)
keyDilution := uint64(1730)
tx, err := transaction.MakeKeyRegTxnWithFlatFee(fromAddr, 2000, 6002000,
    6003000, nil, genID, genesisHash, voteKey, selKey, voteFirst, voteLast,
if err != nil {
    fmt.Printf("Error creating transaction: %s\n", err)
unsignedTx := types.SignedTxn{
    Txn: tx,

zsh tab="goal"

WARNING: This command must be run on the node where the partkey lives and the node

must only have a single partkey for the account. Otherwise the command will

choose one at random.

$ goal account changeonlinestatus --address=EW64GC6F24M7NDSC5R3ES4YUVE3ZXXNMARJHDCCCLIHZU6TBEOC7XRSBG4 --fee=2000 --firstvalid=6002000 --lastvalid=6003000 --online=true --txfile=online.txn ```

Authorize and Send the Transaction

Use the appropriate authorization method to sign the transaction.


It is recommended that you authorize the transaction offline to protect the security of your private keys, especially for high-value participating accounts.

Verify that the participation key is in the node's ledger directory prior to submitting the signed transaction. Once verified, wait for the network to reach the transaction's first valid round, then submit the transaction and wait for confirmation.

Check that the node is participating

At any time, you can validate whether your node is participating by grep-ing the node.log file in your data directory, looking for a "VoteBroadcast" messages where the "Sender" is your public key participation address.

$ grep 'VoteBroadcast' node.log
{"Context":"Agreement","Hash":"QJADVNJZDXYEQUPHITB6REFDGBY4AHBPPBIPVXLOPOASZA4T3PIA","ObjectPeriod":0,"ObjectRound":896659,"ObjectStep":2,"Period":0,"Round":0,"Sender":"3IE2GDYYSI56U53AQ6UUWRGAIGG5D4RHWLMCXJOPWQJA2ABF2X2A","Step":0,"Type":"VoteBroadcast","Weight":1,"WeightTotal":1,"file":"pseudonode.go","function":"","level":"info","line":344,"msg":"vote created for broadcast (weight 1, total weight 1)","time":"2019-05-10T18:38:54.137592-04:00"}

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