Akash Guidebook

Mainnet6 Provider Upgrade Procedure


This is a comprehensive guide that covers the steps necessary to upgrade from Mainnet5 to Mainnet6 of Akash Network and Akash Provider components in a Kubernetes cluster.

Provider Components to be Upgraded

  • provider-services is the main binary of the akash-provider, akash-hostname-operator, akash-inventory-operator, and akash-ip-operator helm charts
  • akash is the main binary of the akash-node helm chart

Mainnet5 Versions

  • provider-services: 0.2.1
  • node: 0.20.0/0.22.0 (akash network 0.20.0)

Mainnet6 Versions

  • provider-services: 0.4.6
  • node: 0.24.0 (akash network 0.24.0)


  • Ensure Helm installed and configured
  • Ensure kubectl is installed
  • Ensure kubectl is configured to access your provider(s) cluster(s)
  • Provider key imported on your local machine
  • Environment is configured:
    • AKASH_NODE is set to your preferable RPC node
    • AKASH_CHAIN_ID=akashnet-2
  • Install provider-services v0.4.6 on your local machine

Upgrade Procedure

IMPORTANT! Seek help if you encounter an issue at any step or have doubts! Please seek the support in the #providers Akash Network Devs Discord room here.

STEP 1 - Scale down to 0 replicas the akash-provider

This step is crucial to prevent unexpected behavior during the upgrade.
NOTE: The Akash Deployments will continue to run as usual while akash-provider service is stopped. The only impact is that users won't be able to perform lease-<shell|events|logs> against their deployments nor deploy/update or terminate them.
kubectl -n akash-services scale statefulsets akash-provider --replicas=0

STEP 2 - Akash Provider Migration

NOTE - the migration procedure covered in this step is only necessary if your provider has active leases which need to be migrated for Mainnet6 provider use. If you provider has no active leases - proeed directly to Step 3.
NOTE - when the dry run migration step (2.1) is run the command should output text stating "loaded CRDs" and "loaded active leases for provider". If blank output is received instead this indicates that no active leases were found for your provider. If the provider does in fact have active leases - please check the RPC node used for possible issue.

2.1. Get the new provider-services binary file, which supports the migration

The link to the binary files in case if you have other than x86_64 (amd64) architecture https://github.com/akash-network/provider/releases/tag/v0.4.6
Verify you have installed the provider-services properly:
provider-services version
Expected output:
# provider-services version

2.2. Dry-run Provider Migration

IMPORTANT: If the following commands returns any error, please seek the support in the #providers Akash Network Devs Discord room here!
NOTE: --crd-dry-run=true by default
NOTE - for the from switch used in the command sets, issue provider-services keys list if unsure what the key name should be
NOTE - in the command syntax we include the --kubeconfig switch. The default location checked for kubeconfig is /<home-directory>/.kube/config The explicit switch can be removed if kubeconfig exists in the default directory.
provider-services migrate v2beta2 \
--crd-v2beta1=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/akash-network/provider/v0.2.1/pkg/apis/akash.network/crd.yaml \
--crd-v2beta2=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/akash-network/provider/v0.4.6/pkg/apis/akash.network/crd.yaml \
--crd-backup-path=./crd \
--from=<KEY NAME> \

2.3. If Previous Step Succeeded - Run Actual Migration

NOTE - Dry-run step above make backup of existing CRDs, you'll be prompted to replace it, press y and hit Enter
provider-services migrate v2beta2 \
--crd-dry-run=false \
--crd-v2beta1=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/akash-network/provider/v0.2.1/pkg/apis/akash.network/crd.yaml \
--crd-v2beta2=https://raw.githubusercontent.com/akash-network/provider/v0.4.6/pkg/apis/akash.network/crd.yaml \
--crd-backup-path=./crd \
--from=<KEY NAME> \

STEP 3 - Upgrade the Helm Charts

Follow these steps to upgrade various Helm charts. Make sure you've backed up your existing Helm chart configurations.
Helm charts to be upgraded are: akash-node (aka RPC node), akash-provider, akash-hostname-operator, akash-inventory-operator, and akash-ip-operator.
Do not upgrade the chart if you did not have it installed previously!
In this step you'll be saving the current akash-node, akash-provider, akash-ip-operator chart configs as files named akash-node-values.yml, akash-provider-values.yml, akash-ip-operator-values.yml respectively.
We recommend switcingh into a new directory called mainnet6-chart-configs where you will be saving them.
You can later move the chart config files to the directory of your choice (typically the one you originally configured & kept them at)
cd ~
mkdir mainnet6-chart-configs
cd mainnet6-chart-configs

3.1. Upgrade the Repo

helm repo update akash
Verify you can see the correct chart/app versions:
# helm search repo akash
akash/akash-hostname-operator 6.0.4 0.4.6 An operator to map Ingress objects to Akash dep...
akash/akash-inventory-operator 6.0.4 0.4.6 An operator required for persistent storage (op...
akash/akash-ip-operator 6.0.4 0.4.6 An operator required for ip marketplace (optional)
akash/akash-node 6.0.0 0.24.0 Installs an Akash RPC node (required)
akash/provider 6.0.4 0.4.6 Installs an Akash provider (required)

3.2. akash-node Chart

Take the current akash-node chart values:
helm -n akash-services get values akash-node | grep -v '^USER-SUPPLIED VALUES' > akash-node-values.yml
Upgrade your akash-node chart:
Prior to executing the Helm Upgrade command - inspect akash-node-values.yml for image tag and remove it if present.
helm upgrade akash-node akash/akash-node -n akash-services -f akash-node-values.yml

3.3 akash-provider Chart

Take the current akash-provider chart values:
helm -n akash-services get values akash-provider | grep -v '^USER-SUPPLIED VALUES' > akash-provider-values.yml
Prior to executing the Helm Upgrade command - inspect akash-provider-values.yml for image tag and remove it if present.
helm upgrade akash-provider akash/provider -n akash-services -f akash-provider-values.yml
IMPORTANT: Make sure your provider is using the latest bid price script! Here is the guide that tells you how you can set it for your akash-provider chart. https://docs.akash.network/providers/build-a-cloud-provider/akash-cloud-provider-build-with-helm-charts/step-6-provider-bid-customization

3.4 akash-hostname-operator Chart

helm upgrade akash-hostname-operator akash/akash-hostname-operator -n akash-services

3.5 akash-inventory-operator Chart

Skip this section if your provider does not provide persistent storage.
Note: This is not a typo, we are installing the inventory-operator without the akash- prefix.
helm upgrade inventory-operator akash/akash-inventory-operator -n akash-services

3.6 akash-ip-operator Chart

Skip this section if your provider does not provide IP leasing.
Take the current akash-ip-operator chart values:
helm -n akash-services get values akash-ip-operator | grep -v '^USER-SUPPLIED VALUES' > akash-ip-operator-values.yml
Prior to executing the Helm Upgrade command - inspect akash-ip-operator-values.yml for image tag and remove it if present.
helm upgrade akash-ip-operator akash/akash-ip-operator -n akash-services -f akash-ip-operator-values.yml

STEP 4 - Verify the Charts Have Been Upgraded

Perform these checks to ensure the upgrade was successful.
Run this command to check the pods and their versions within the akash-services namespace:
kubectl -n akash-services get pods -o custom-columns='NAME:.metadata.name,IMAGE:.spec.containers[*].image'
The charts upgrade went well, if you are seeing these images and versions:
  • provider and operator image is: ghcr.io/akash-network/provider:0.4.6
  • node image is: ghcr.io/akash-network/node:0.24.0
Example Result:
# kubectl -n akash-services get pods -o custom-columns='NAME:.metadata.name,IMAGE:.spec.containers[*].image'
akash-hostname-operator-86d4596d6c-pwbt8 ghcr.io/akash-network/provider:0.4.6
akash-inventory-operator-69464fbdff-dxkk5 ghcr.io/akash-network/provider:0.4.6
akash-ip-operator-6f6ddc47f8-498kj ghcr.io/akash-network/provider:0.4.6
akash-node-1-0 ghcr.io/akash-network/node:0.24.0
akash-provider-0 ghcr.io/akash-network/provider:0.4.6