Staking Htmlcoin on FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a very powerful operating system, it has a great history of reliability, security and stability. Here we show how it can be used to stake Htmlcoin in a secure way.

Isolating Qtumd in a FreeBSD jail

FreeBSD jails are a very powerful feature, in summary, your jail instance is more protected as it's like having a separate OS just for Htmlcoin with reduced privileges.

Here's a good read on Jails:

FreeBSD version used for this tutorial is 11.2, download it from the official FreeBSD mirrors:

Installing FreeBSD

Important: Make sure to install and enable NTP, it's necessary to stay synchronized to network clocks.

Install FreeBSD as normal, however, the following hardening settings are recommended during install:

Create user

Create a user with permissions "operator wheel"

Please remember to do all these commands as root



Allow sockets and upgrades in jail







firewall_myservices="22 3888"




Notice that we've added some settings for firewall, these will enable IPFW and basic settings to secure our Jail, allowing only ports 22(ssh) and 4888(Htmlcoin) to be accessed.

Resource limits for Jails




Creating our Jail for staking

zfs create -o mountpoint=/jail zroot/jail

(Change zroot for whatever name you chose for your zfs pool)

zfs create -o mountpoint=/jail/htmlcoin zroot/jail/htmlcoin

Now we've created our jail for staking Htmlcoin, let's fetch and install FreeBSD on it!

cd /jail/htmlcoin/ && fetch -o - | tar --unlink -xpJf - -C /jail/htmlcoin

We've now installed FreeBSD into /jail/qtum

Typing ls /jail/htmlcoin/ should show the filesystem of our Htmlcoin FreeBSD Jail

Now, let's create the jail configuration file:


htmlcoin {

host.hostname = htmlcoin.local;

ip4.addr =;

interface = em0;

path = /jail/htmlcoin;

exec.start = "/bin/sh /etc/rc";

exec.stop = "/bin/sh /etc/rc.shutdown";






Ok now it's time to launch our jail!

service jail start htmlcoin

We've just started our Htmlcoin jail, We can now get into our Htmlcoin jail to finish configuration, install Htmlcoin and launch the wallet.

jexec qtum /bin/csh

cp /usr/share/zoneinfo/YOURTIMEZONE/ /etc/localtime This is very important, if the time info is incorrect, we'll produce orphan blocks or will be unable to sync

Create our basic /etc/rc.conf for our Htmlcoin Jail

Htmlcoin Jail:


syslogd_flags="-s -s"







keyrate=fast sendmail_enable=NONE




Add dns nameservers to /etc/resolv.conf

echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf

echo "nameserver" >> /etc/resolv.conf

Installing Htmlcoin

Now that we've got our jail up and running, we need to install Htmlcoin. There's 2 options on doing this, we can use the pkg repository or the powerful FreeBSD ports which are usually updated faster:

pkg repository

pkg update -f pkg install -y htmlcoin

FreeBSD ports

portsnap fetch extract cd /usr/ports/net-p2p/htmlcoin && make install clean

The above will ask for a lot of configuration options, it might be better to use make config-recursive to set all options before compiling. If you want to use default settings just type cd /usr/ports/net-p2p/htmlcoin && make install clean BATCH="YES"

Running Htmlcoin

Launching Htmlcoin is just like in any other *NIX operating system, however there's a minor difference here due to how FreeBSD jails work. First, we need to create a htmlcoin.conf file with the following contents:

This config is necessary, otherwise calling the daemon will return errors.

Then we can launch with htmlcoind -daemon

Security tips

  • Set up firewall on host (you cannot setup a firewall inside a jail) and enable only the ports you need (22 and 4888) This is done in the host rc.conf at the top of this tutorial

  • Disable history, this will completely disable console history and it's a way to help secure your staking box, type the following on your FreeBSD console: unset history; unset savehist

  • Secure SSH:

    1. Disable password authentication

  • If using the FreeBSD box on your home network, force it to listen on local network only.