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Troubleshooting Common Issues With Validator Nodes

Here we walk through a number of common issues that you might encounter when you are running a validator node.

Validator has 0 voting power

If your validator has 0 voting power, your validator has become auto-unbonded. On the mainnet, validators unbond when they do not vote on 9500 of the last 10000 blocks (50 of the last 100 blocks on the testnet). Because blocks are proposed every ~5 seconds, a validator that is unresponsive for ~13 hours (~4 minutes on testnet) become unbonded. This problem usually happens when your archwayd process crashes.

To return the voting power back to your validator:

Run Archway

If archwayd is not running, restart it:

archwayd start

Unjail the Validator

Wait for your full node to reach the latest block, and run:

archwayd tx slashing unjail <VlidatorAddress> --chain-id=<ChainId> --from=<Name>


  • <VlidatorAddress> is the address of your validator account.

  • <Name> is the name or address of the validator account. To find this information, run archwayd keys list.

    Warning: If you don't wait for archwayd to sync before running unjail, an error message will inform you that your validator is still jailed.

Confirm if the validator is back

Check your validator again to see if your voting power is back:

archwayd status

If your voting power is less than it was previously, it's less because you were slashed for downtime.

Too many files open and Archwayd crashes

The default number of files Linux can open per process is 1024. archwayd is known to open more than this amount, causing the process to crash. To fix this problem:

Increase the number of open files


ulimit -n 4096

Restart the process


   archwayd start

Other issues

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