Set up your masternode with a system manager

Guide to set up a masternode with a system manager

This guide gives instructions on how to set up two popular system managers to simplify and automate the management of your Firo masternode: Systemd and Monit. Use only one of the two.


Create a service file for firod:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/firod.service

Enter the following. Modify the User, Group, PIDFile, ExecStart, and ExecStop lines according to your own configuration:

Description=Firo daemon



ExecStop=/usr/local/bin/firo-cli stop


Reload systemd:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Start firod with systemctl to test

sudo systemctl start firod.service

Then check if running with ./firo-cli getinfo

To enable firod autostart at restart

sudo systemctl enable firod.service

To stop firod (e.g. to update)

sudo systemctl stop firod.service

You can restart firod with

sudo systemctl restart firod.service


Install monit if not installed:

sudo apt install monit

Edit monit control file:

sudo nano /etc/monit/monitrc

Remove ‘#’ from the front part of the following lines:

set httpd port 2812 and
    use address localhost  # only accept connection from localhost
    allow localhost        # allow localhost to connect to the server and
    allow admin:monit      # require user 'admin' with password 'monit'

Scroll to the end of the file and add ‘#’ in front of this line:

#include /etc/monit/conf-enabled/*

Create a monit control file for firod.

sudo nano /etc/monit/conf.d/firod

Copy and paste the following into the editor. Make sure to modify the paths to suit your installation. Once done, ‘Ctrl+X’ to save and exit.

check process firod matching "firod"
        start program = "/home/USERNAME/firo-0.14.1/bin/firod -daemon -datadir=/home/USERNAME/.firo/"
                as uid USERNAME and gid USERNAME
        stop program = "/home/user/firo-0.14.1/bin/firo-cli stop"
                as uid USERNAME and gid USERNAME
        if failed host port 8168 type TCP for 2 cycles then restart

Reload monit for changes to take effect.

sudo monit reload

Check if the control file is okay with

sudo monit -t

Start firod with monit

sudo monit start firod

Check monitoring status

sudo monit status

To stop firod with monit

sudo monit stop firod