Besu attempts to maintain connections with static nodes by periodically initiating a connection to any unconnected static node.
Bootnodes and static nodes are parallel methods for finding peers. Depending on your use case, you can use only bootnodes, only static nodes, or both bootnodes and static nodes. For example, you run multiple nodes on Mainnet (discovery using bootnodes), but want to ensure your nodes are always connected (using static nodes).
To find peers, configure one or more bootnodes. To configure a specific set of peer connections, use static nodes.
Configure static nodes
To configure a network of static nodes:
static-nodes.jsonfile in the data directory (specified by
--data-path) of each node. Alternatively, you can explicitly specify the static nodes file on the command line using
Start Besu with discovery disabled using
Runtime modifications of static nodes are not persisted between runs. The
static-nodes.json file is not updated by the
Nodes not in the list of the static nodes are not prevented from connecting. To prevent nodes from connecting, use Permissioning.
Each node has a
static-nodes.json file. We recommend each node in the network has the same