Become a Provider


  • Akash Network to connect to.

    • Established account address with some tokens(for gas) in network to create Provider registration.

  • Kubernetes Cluster

    • Akash Kubespray can help get a functional cluster bootstrapped.

    • Provider Pod will require admin authorization.


Installed commands:

Working Directory

Create staging directory and cd into it

mkdir akash-demo && cd akash-demo

Kubernetes Cluster

  • Version: 1.19+

  • A Kubernetes cluster with your local kubectl with admin authentication and authorization.

  • A wildcard A Record resolving to a cluster route-able IP. eg: *

Option 1: Akash Kubespray

Akash has created an example Kubespray configuration to provision a Kubernetes installation on linux machines. Included are best practice configuration for CNI calico plugin, default Network Policies + Namespaces, nginx Ingress Controller, metrics-server, cert-manager, and Seccomp syscall restrictions.

Option 2: GCP Raw VM + k3s Example

Warning: needs to be updated

See here for seting up these prerequisites using GCE.

Kubernetes Ingress

In this tutorial, we will be using the domain

This PROVIDER_DOMAIN variable is used to configure the Kubernetes Ingress Controller domain, so for this example, a Deployment's requests will be routed via a random subdomain, eg: A wildcard subdomain DNS entry is necessary to support this, eg * This address can be customized in the Configure provider services file's ingress-domain field, eg:

Akash Network

We'll be connecting to the testnet.

export AKASH_NODE=tcp://
export AKASH_CHAIN_ID=edgenet
export AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY=provider

Deploy Provider Services

Download akash binary

curl -sSfL | sh

Configure Akash Client

export AKASH_HOME="$PWD/home"
mkdir -p "$AKASH_HOME"

Create Akash Provider Key

akash keys add $AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND

Download Kustomize configuration

curl -s -o kustomization.yaml \

Configure Akash Provider

cat <<EOF > provider.yaml
host: http://provider.$PROVIDER_DOMAIN
- key: region
value: us-west-demo-$(whoami)

Fund your provider account

View your address with

akash keys show provider -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND

You can fund the address at the testnet faucet.

Ensure you have funds with:

akash query bank balances --home=$AKASH_HOME --node=$AKASH_NODE "$(akash keys show $AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND )"

Create Akash Provider

Register your provider on the Akash Network:

Replace --from flag value with your own

akash tx provider create provider.yaml --from $AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND --node=$AKASH_NODE --chain-id=$AKASH_CHAIN_ID

Configure provider services client

cat <<EOF > client-config.txt

Configure provider services

cat <<EOF > provider-config.txt

Configure Provider gateway endpoint

This will configure the kubernetes ingress to point to your provider.

cat <<EOF > gateway-host.yaml
- op: replace
path: /spec/rules/0/host
value: provider.$PROVIDER_DOMAIN

Export keys

Replace "password" below with your own unique secret.

echo "password" > key-pass.txt
(cat key-pass.txt; cat key-pass.txt) | akash --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND keys export $AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY 2> key.txt

Configure Kubernetes Akash Namespace

Create the akash-services namespace for running Provider.

kubectl apply -f

Configure Akash Kubernetes CRDs

kubectl apply -f

View kubernetes configuration

kubectl kustomize .

Install kubernetes configuration

kubectl kustomize . | kubectl apply -f-

Check status of provider

akash provider status --node=$AKASH_NODE --provider "$(akash keys show $AKASH_PROVIDER_KEY -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND)"

Deploy Demo Application

Create key for deployment

akash keys add deploy --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND

Fund your deployment account

View your address with

akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND

You can fund the address at the testnet faucet.

Ensure you have funds with:

akash query account --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND --node=$AKASH_NODE "$(akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND )"

Download Akash SDL file

curl -s -o deployment.yaml \

Customize SDL

sed -i.bak "s/us-west/us-west-demo-$(whoami)/g" deployment.yaml

Create Deployment

akash --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND --chain-id=$AKASH_CHAIN_ID --node=$AKASH_NODE --from deploy tx deployment create ./deployment.yaml

View Order

akash query market order list --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND --owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND)"

View Bids

akash query market bid list --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND --owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND)"

View Leases

akash query market lease list --node=$AKASH_NODE --owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND)"

Capture Deployment Sequence

note: This can be set when creating the deployment. It defaults to the block height at that time.

DSEQ="$(akash query market lease list --node=$AKASH_NODE --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND \
--owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a --home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND )" \
| jq -r '.[0].id.dseq')"

Send Manifest

akash provider send-manifest deployment.yaml --node=$AKASH_NODE \
--home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND \
--dseq "$AKASH_DSEQ" \
--oseq 1 \
--gseq 1 \
--owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a)" \
--provider "$(akash keys show provider -a)"

View Lease Status

akash provider lease-status --node=$AKASH_NODE \
--home=$AKASH_HOME --keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND \
--dseq "$AKASH_DSEQ" \
--oseq 1 \
--gseq 1 \
--owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a)" \
--provider "$(akash keys show provider -a)"

View Site

akash provider lease-status \
--dseq "$AKASH_DSEQ" \
--oseq 1 \
--gseq 1 \
--owner "$(akash keys show deploy -a)" \
--provider "$(akash keys show provider -a)" | \
jq -r '.services[0].uris[0]' | \
while read -r line; do
open "http://$line"

Delete Deployment

akash tx deployment close \
--node=$AKASH_NODE \
--chain-id=$AKASH_CHAIN_ID \
--home=$AKASH_HOME \
--keyring-backend=$AKASH_KEYRING_BACKEND \
--from $AKASH_KEY_NAME \
--dseq $AKASH_DSEQ