How do I start hosting?

To become a host, you can either download the Sia-UI or the Sia Daemon at

For most users, running the Sia-UI is the easiest, because it provides a graphical interface. You can use the Hosting tab to set yourself up as a host.

  1. Download Sia-UI and install it in some directory.
  2. Create a wallet and unlock it.
  3. Deposit some money (will be used for collateral).
  4. Open the host tab and configure your pricing.
  5. Add some host folders, where the uploaded data will be stored.
  6. Enable “Accepting contracts”.
  7. Click “Announce” to make your host visible to the renters. This will put your IP address in the blockchain.

If you are comfortable working in command line, you can just download the Sia Daemon and follow this guide

Follow the hosting handbook at to learn more about how to be a good host and maximize profit.

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