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Access BetaNet Network using your own node and goal

This tutorial describes how to setup and update a BetaNet network using your own node and goal. It also covers how to switch between networks and create BetaNet accounts. Also covered is how to dispense funds using the BetaNet dispenser and view the results with a BetaNet explorer.

By default, an Algorand installation is configured to run on MainNet. For most users, this is the desired outcome. Developers, however, need access to TestNet or BetaNet networks.

Learn More
Accessing BetaNet with Purestake tutorial or Sandbox tutorial.
Workspace setup for run your own node.



BetaNet is where new protocol-level features are released for initial testing. Therefore, quality and features may not be final, and protocol upgrades and network restarts are common.

The TestNet protocol mirrors MainNet at all times, although without Algos or other assets carrying real value. As such, developers can confidently view TestNet as a stable and public testing ground for their applications before deploying them to MainNet.

BetaNet, TestNet and MainNet facilitate the use of private networks . Private Networks allow for greater control and isolation of your development environment.

Using your own node will inititally require no waiting for node sync in order to run transactions. Sync time will be 0 consistently, when synced, using the goal status command as discussed below.

BetaNet, TestNet and MainNet
Figure 0-0 BetaNet, TestNet and MainNet

Learn More
- Algorand GOAL CLI


1. Running BetaNet for the First Time

Build your own node - If you are running BetaNet for the first time use this update command. From your node directory run these commands.

$ ./ -i -c beta -p . -d betanetdata -n -g betanet

Output should look similar to this…

Current Version = 8589934597
Latest Version = 8589934605
New version found
Checking for files matching: 'channel/beta/node_beta_darwin-amd64_' in bucket algorand-releases
Update Downloaded to /var/folders/g9/ryz1stf51tz936yblvt8dv8h0000gn/T/tmp.MHZAweZi/8589934605.tar.gz
Expanding update..
Validating update...
Starting the new update script to complete the installation...
... Resuming installation from the latest update script
Current Version = 85899345
Stopping node...
... node not running
Backing up current binary files...
Backing up current data files from /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata...
Installing new binary files...
Installing new data files into /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata...
Copying genesis files locally
Checking for new ledger in /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata
Cannot read genesis file /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata/genesis.json: open /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata/genesis.json: no such file or directory
Installing genesis files for network betanet
New genesis ID, resetting wallets
New Ledger - restoring genesis accounts in /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata
New Ledger - importing rootkeys for genesis accounts
Imported 0 keys
Applying migration fixups...
Deleting existing log files in /Users/algorand/node/betanetdata
Install complete - restart node manually

Start your BetaNet network

$ goal node start -d betanetdata

Then check the status:

$ goal node status -d betanetdata

Your output should look similar to this showing the genesis id for BetaNet.

Last committed block: 15954
Time since last block: 0.1s
Sync Time: 329.6s
Last consensus protocol:
Next consensus protocol:
Round for next consensus protocol: 20001
Next consensus protocol supported: true
Genesis ID: betanet-v1.0
Genesis hash: mFgazF+2uRS1tMiL9dsj01hJGySEmPN28B/TjjvpVW0=

2. Updating BetaNet

To update your existing BetaNet, from your node directory run these commands.

$ goal node stop -d betanetdata

Run update:

$ ./ -d betanetdata

Start your BetaNet network

$ goal node start -d betanetdata

Then check the status:

$ goal node status -d betanetdata

Your output should show the genesis ID and hash for BetaNet.

3. Find Your REST Endpoint’s IP Address

To see which networks that are currently running use this command.

$ ps aux | grep algod

Your output should look something like this

Russ              6321   0.0  0.0  4287756    752 s001  S+    5:52PM   0:00.00 grep algod
Russ              4861   0.0  0.1  4441404  21700 s001  S     5:24PM   0:00.75 /Users/algorand/node/algod -d betanetdata

Use these endpoints in your application to access your BetaNet node. These are the values you would use in SDK and REST API calls.

Your REST Endpoint IP address is here:

$ cat ~/node/betanetdata/

Sample Output

Your algod token (required by your application to authenticate against algod) is here:

cat ~/node/betanetdata/algod.token

Sample Output


4. Switch Networks

Your betanetdata folder should be automatically pointing to the BetaNet Network from the update script you executed in Step 1.

If you wish to switch networks using the same data folder, you need to replace the genesis files in that data folder. On a new node, the default is to MainNet.

Verify which network your Data folder is pointing to by running these commands. If you just created a node it will display MainNet.

$ goal node start -d data
$ goal node status -d data


Last committed block: 2031
Time since last block: 0.5s
Sync Time: 14.6s
Last consensus protocol:
Next consensus protocol:
Round for next consensus protocol: 2032
Next consensus protocol supported: true
Genesis ID: mainnet-v1.0
Genesis hash: wGHE2Pwdvd7S12BL5FaOP20EGYesN73ktiC1qzkkit8=
Russ-MacBook-Pro-2:node Russ$ 

To switch from MainNet to TestNet use these commands to have the data folder point to TestNet.

$ goal node stop -d data

Copy genesis.json from the genesisfiles/testnet directory to the data directory.

$ cp genesisfiles/testnet/genesis.json data/

Copy genesis.json from testnet directory to the data directory

Figure 4-0 Copy genesis.json from testnet directory to the data directory

$ goal node start -d data
$ goal node status -d data

Output should look similar to this showing TestNet.

Next consensus protocol supported: true
Genesis ID: testnet-v1.0
Genesis hash: SGO1GKSzyE7IEPItTxCByw9x8FmnrCDexi9/cOUJOiI=


See this link for Debian or RPM installs.


To run multiple networks at the same time multiple data directories are required.

5. Configure Node

If you wish to make custom config settings in your BetaNet configuration, such as isIndexerActive or Archival run these commands below.

For the BetaNet network, when installing a new node or relay, make the following modification to the config.json file located in the node’s data directory. First, if there is not a config.json, make a copy of the config.json.example file.

$ goal node stop -d betanetdata
$ cd betanetdata
$ cp config.json.example config.json

Then edit the config.json file and replace algorand on the line

"DNSBootstrapID": "<network>",

with algodev

"DNSBootstrapID": "<network>",

This modification to the DNSBootstrapID is only required for the BetaNet network.

Also, you may need to replaced the port number on the EndpointAddress to match what you have in your file.

    "EndpointAddress": ""

Restart the node

$ goal node start -d betanetdata
$ goal node status -d betanetdata

And you will see the Genesis ID equal to betanet


This will take a while to sync so when the sync-time is consistently 0 then you are synced and will be able to transactions. You can create wallet accounts and standalone accounts immediately however. And you can dispense algos to those accounts using the new BetaNet dispenser, but they may not show up until the node is synced.

6. Create BetaNet Accounts

Use these commands to create accounts using goal. Accounts created in goal require a wallet. See this link for creating standalone accounts.

$ goal wallet new MyWallet -d betanetdata


Please choose a password for wallet 'MyWallet': 
Please confirm the password: 
Creating wallet...
Created wallet 'MyWallet'
Your new wallet has a backup phrase that can be used for recovery.
Keeping this backup phrase safe is extremely important.
Would you like to see it now? (Y/n): y
Your backup phrase is printed below.
Keep this information safe -- never share it with anyone!

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Set default wallet:

$ goal wallet -f MyWallet  -d betanetdata


Set wallet 'MyWallet' to be the default wallet

Create a new account

$ goal account new -d betanetdata


Please enter the password for wallet 'MyWallet': 

List accounts:

$ goal account list -d betanetdata


Please enter the password for wallet 'MyWallet': 
[offline]   Unnamed-0   FMRGZC6WZY3I6R7QDAUEOHTAWOTAN3K65GOHIY53HMQ3DDJWWYPLO3GCPY  0 microAlgos    *Default

7. Create Accounts Using SDKs

To create accounts using the SDKs see these links using node values from Step 3.

Create accounts in JavaScript

Create accounts in Java

Create accounts in Go

Create accounts in Python

8. Dispense Funds

To dispense funds to BetaNet accounts you can use the BetaNet dispenser.

9. Explore BetaNet

To explore BetaNet you can use the BetaNet AlgoExplorer.