I want to start a small project and consider to run own node for it. The other day, I just found there are node providers like Alchemy, Infura, and so on. I just did their tutorials, and I think it is easy to use. But I want to know their pros and cons in real dev environments.

If you guys don't mind, could you share your experience using them?

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You can easily run your own node

  • You need 24/7h computer
  • SSD with NVMe is needed for IO speed
  • Cost can range between ~$20/mo - ~$150/mo depending on your hosting cost (electricity, hardware)

Check the node provider list here - there are also some limited free APIs.

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    This website is a nice resource but I did notice that the numbers are not updated often and it doesn't disclose where the nodes are and how they are tested, so I don't think the numbers are too representative at this moment. Aug 19, 2022 at 10:48
  • It is an open source website. If you think you any information is missing or outdated you can submit a pull request here. Aug 19, 2022 at 15:23

Overall running your node is very labor and resource intensive, especially for a small project. You'll end up spending thousands for the hardware and weeks to sync up a new node.

This article about full vs archive nodes gives an overview about the main challenges and why using a node provider makes sense.

There are many node providers and almost all of them offer at least one node for free.

  • Some pros of using a node provider is that you will always have someone to maintain the node for you and you can just contact someone in case you have issues.

  • Cons are that some providers limit what you can do on their free plans.

I recommend Chainstack. Easy to set up, fast nodes, great support, many APIs available, and supports many different chains, I'm a dev advocate for them.

They also have a very good page in the docs with a lot of JSON-RPC API call examples in web3.js, web3.py and some other languages.


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