This section comprises of the setup prerequisites necessary for the Application, Commander application, Docker image, and Source code installations of Lisk Core.

Once the desired installation is chosen, it is required to fulfill the relevant conditions that pertain to that specific installation described in detail throughout this section.

How to set up a node?

There are four available distributions of Lisk Core which are described below. Simply follow the instructions in this setup guide for your desired distribution.


This is the default procedure to setup Lisk Core. The Application installation offers an easy and automated approach to set up Lisk Core. This includes almost completely automated update scripts, together with a selection of tools to assist with seamlessly maintaining a Lisk Core node. This is the recommended installation for the less experienced user.

Commander application

Use Lisk Commander application to conveniently install and manage Lisk Core.

Docker image

The Docker image adds support for additional platforms upon which to run a Lisk node. This offers the possibility to containerize the node.

Source code

This is designed for anyone wishing to develop on the Lisk Core codebase. It also comes with an extensive test-suite which is described in the following An installation performed from the source code enables a developer to work on the latest codebase of Lisk Core, which may not have been tagged for a release yet.