The "Titan" upgrade guide (v1.0.* to v1.1.0)

The Cronos v1.1.0 - "Titan" upgrade is proposed to be scheduled at the block height of 13,184,000. Referencing estimated time can be found at

DO NOT UPGRADE to the binary v1.1.0 before that suggested upgrade schedule.

You might check the current block height by the Cronos Explorer

Step 0 - Don't panic

At the point of the proposed upgrade, user will see the error message on the cronosd similar to the below:

ERR UPGRADE "v1.1.0" NEEDED at height: 13184000: {\"binaries\":{...."}}

Don't panic - The Chain will be paused to allow the majority of validators to upgrade. Validators and full node hosts will have to upgrade your Cronos nodes to the latest release binary.


Before the upgrade, node hosts are encouraged to take a complete data backup. backup depends heavily on infrastructure, but generally, we can do this by backing up the .cronos directory.

It is critically important for validator operators to back-up the .cronos/data/priv_validator_state.json file after stopping the cronosd process. This file is updated every block as your validator participates in consensus rounds. It is a critical file needed to prevent double-signing if the upgrade fails and the previous chain needs to be restarted.

Step 1 - Get the v1.1.0 binary

To simplify the following step, we will be using Linux-x86 for illustration. Binary for Mac Windows with different DB and architecture are also available here.

  • Terminate the cronosd; afterwards, download the 1.1.0 released binaries from github:

    $ curl -LOJ
    $ tar -zxvf cronos_1.1.0_Linux_x86_64.tar.gz

Remarks: If you have stated cronosd with systemd service, kindly stop it by

$ sudo systemctl stop cronosd

And replace the binary in the location where the ExecStart states in Systemd Unit file.

Step 1.1 - Verify the version

You can verify the installation by checking the version of cronosd, the latest version is 1.1.0.

# check the version of cronosd
$ ./cronosd version

Step 2. - Run everything

We are ready to start the node join the network again with the new binary:

  • Start cronosd, e.g.:

  $ ./cronosd start

Remark: Once the cronosd is started we will see the message

applying upgrade "v1.1.0" at height: 13184000"

and there will be an iteration over the previous blockchain data. This process will take a while, which is depending on the size of the database and the hardware specs.

Afterwards, sit back and wait for the syncing process. You can query the node syncing status by

$ ./cronosd status 2>&1 | jq '.SyncInfo.catching_up'

If the above command returns false, it means that your node is synced; otherwise, it returns true and implies your node is still catching up.

At this step, you've successfully performed the Titan upgrade!

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