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Customizable parameters for Komodo blockchains

Komodo Chain Parameters

For instructions on how to create an assetchain see Creating New Assetchain


This is the ticker symbol for the coin you wish to create. It is recommended to use only numbers and uppercase letters.


This is the amount of premined coins you would like the chain to have. The node that sets -gen during the creation process will mine these coins in the genesis block. If this is not set, -ac_reward must be set, and the default value of 10 coins will be used. If -ac_pubkey is set, the  premined coins will be mined to the address of the corresponding pubkey. This should be to set to less than 500000000 to avoid 64 bit overflows.

Note: An additional fraction of a coin will be added to this based on the chain’s parameters. This is used by nodes to verify the genesis block. For example, the DEX chain’s -ac_supply parameter is set to 999999, but in reality the genesis block was 999999.13521376.


This is the block reward for each mined block in satoshis. If this is not set, the block reward will be 10000 satoshis, and blocks will be on-demand after block 127 (a new block will not be mined unless there is a transaction in the mempool.)


This is the block height in which block rewards will end. Every block after this height will have 0 block reward.


This is the number of blocks between each block reward halving. This parameter will have no effect if -ac_reward is not set. The lowest possible value is 1440 (~1 day). If this parameter is set, but -ac_decay is not, the reward will decrease by 50% each halving.


This is the percentage the block reward will decrease by each block reward halving. For example, if this is set to 750000000, the block reward will drop 25% from the previous block reward each halving. This parameter will have no effect if -ac_reward is not set.This is the formula that -ac_decay follows:

numhalvings = (height / -ac_halving);
for (i=0; i<numhalvings; i++)
reward = (reward * -ac_decay) / 100000000;


The -ac_perc parameter is the percentage added to the block reward and transactions that will be sent to the -ac_pubkey address. If this parameter is set, -ac_pubkey must also be set. For example, if -ac_reward=100000000 and -ac_perc=10000000, for each block mined, the miner receives 1 coin along with the -ac_pubkey address receiving 0.1 coin. For every transaction sent, the pubkey address will receive 10% of the overall transaction value. This 10% is not taken from the user, rather it is created at this point. Each transaction inflates the overall supply.

Note: Vout 1 of each coinbase transaction must be the correct amount sent to the corresponding pubkey. The vout type for all coinbase vouts must be pubkey as opposed to pubkeyhash. This only affects a miner trying to use a stratum. Z-nomp is currently incompatible.


If -ac_pubkey is set, but -ac_perc is not, this simply means the genesis block will be mined to the set pubkey’s address. This must be set to a 33 byte hex string. You can get the pubkey of an address by using the validateaddress command in komodod. The address must be imported to the wallet before using validateaddress.


This is the network cluster on which the chain can interact with other chains via cross chain smart contracts. This functionality is still in testing. If this is set to 1, the chain will have smart contracts enabled, but it will not be able to interact with other chains. If this is set to any number other than 0 or 1, the chain can interact with other chains on the same network cluster. For example, all -ac_cc=2 chains can interact with each other but may not interact with -ac_cc=3 chains.If you’d like to explicitly disable smart contracts set this value to 0.


This is the percentage of blocks the chain will aim to have as POS. For example, a ac_staked=90 chain will have 90% POS blocks/10% POW blocks. This isn’t exact, but the POW difficulty will automatically adjust based on the overall percentage of POW mined blocks.

Each staked block will have an additional transaction added to the coinbase in which the coins that staked the block are sent back to the same address. This is used to verify which coins staked the block, and this allows for compatibility with existing Komodo infrastructure such as Agama, BarterDEX and explorers. If -ac_staked is used in conjunction with -ac_perc, the -ac_pubkey address will receive slightly more coins for each staked block compared to a mined block because of this extra transaction.

In order to stake, you must use the -pubkey option while launching the daemon. The address associated with this pubkey must have coins that are able to be staked. The privkey for this address must be imported to the daemon.

The following are the (current) rules for staking a block:

  1. Block timestamps are used as the monotonically increasing timestamp. It is important to have a synced system clock.
  2. In order to stake -pubkey must be set while starting the daemon. This pubkey’s address must be imported to the daemon and have coins that are able to be staked. The validateaddress command can be used to get the pubkey of an address.
  3. A utxo is not eligible without nLockTime set and until 6000 seconds has passed from this lock time. (100 * expected blocktimes) to be exact
  4. There are 64 different segments(segids) of addresses, based on the hash of the destination address. ((nHeight + addrhash.uints[0]) & 0x3f) The segid of an address can be found with the validateaddress command. Each segid will take turns being segid0 at each height. (height % 64) = the segid0 for that height. All other segid will adjust the elapsed time by segid seconds.
  5. A new block is eligible to be staked 1 second after median blocktime. For example, segid0 for a given height will be eligible to submit a block 1 second after median blocktime, whereas segid1 will be eligible to submit a block 2 seconds after median blocktime. For the next block, segid0 from the previous block will now be segid63 and will be eligible to submit a block 64 seconds after median blocktime. This means by 64 seconds after the median blocktime, all segids are eligible.
  6. Coinage calculated from the adjusted time is used to divide hash(address + pastblockhash) to create the value compared against the difficulty to determine if a block is won or not. This means a UTXO is more likely to win a block within a segid based on age of the UTXO and amount of coins.

To create a chain using this parameter, start the first node with -pubkey and without -gen. Start the second node with with -gen and without -pubkey. Wait until the second node mines block 1 and 2. Now, send coins from the second node to the first node’s pubkey address. On the first node, import the privkey for the set pubkey and type the command setgenerate true 1. The node will begin to stake. If the chain has a very high precentage for POS, it’s important to do setgenerate false on the mining node immediately after block 2 is mined. Send the premined coins to the staking node’s pubkey address then do setgenerate true on the both nodes.

St3rling is the author of this solution article.

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