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Quick sync (recommended)

Quick sync (recommended)

Start your Axelar node and download the blockchain.


Tip: Looking for instructions using the old script See here.


Tip: These instructions syncronize your Axelar node quickly by downloading a recent snapshot of the blockchain. If instead you prefer to syncronize your Axelar node using the Axelar peer-to-peer network then see Genesis sync


Download the latest Axelar blockchain snapshot

Download the latest Axelar blockchain snapshot for your chosen network (testnet or mainnet) from a provider:

The following instructions assume you downloaded the default snapshot from

Let {SNAPSHOT_FILE} denote the file name of the snapshot you downloaded. Example file names:

  • Testnet: axelartestnet-lisbon-2-default.20220207.2240.tar.lz4
  • Mainnet: axelar-dojo-1-default.20220207.2210.tar.lz4

Decompress the downloaded snapshot into your ${AXELARD_HOME}/data directory. (You may need to install lz4: MacOS | Ubuntu.)

lz4 -dc --no-sparse {SNAPSHOT_FILE} | tar xfC - $AXELARD_HOME

Start your node

axelard start --home $AXELARD_HOME

Your Axelar node will launch and begin downloading the rest of the blockchain after the snapshot.