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monkd is the MonkOS daemon. It implements all of Monk's functionalities and is required to be running in order for MonkOS setup to operate.

Running monkd in a normal scenario does not require any options. It is advised to run monkd as a service on your system. See Running monkd as a service for an example setup.


monkd [flags]


--analytics bool : Send anonymous usage data to MonkOS Inc. (default true)

--cluster-exchange bool : In-cluster P2P image exchange (default false)

--consensus-log-path string : Path to consensus log

--consensus-snapshot string : Path to consensus snapshot

--content-trust bool : Enable Docker Content Trust checking

-d, --debug : Debug mode (writes logs to stdout)

-h, --help : Display help for monkd

--hypervised : Hypervised mode (enables halt call), use ONLY when running inside a hypervisor

-i, --ipfs-repo-path string : Path to IPFS repository

-l, --log-file string : Path to log file

-m, --moby-socket string : UNIX socket or host moby/dockerd is listening on

--monkd-backup string : Path to namespaces database backup

-p, --monkd-pid-path string : Path to PID file

-s, --monkd-socket string : TCP or UNIX socket that monkd should listen on

-n, --monkd-storage string : Path to namespaces database

-t, --network-name string ("monkd_network") : Name of the network to which the containers will attach to

--p2p-port int (44001) : P2P port

--readonly : Run in read-only mode

-a, --template-autoupdate int (30) : The Kit auto update interval in minutes (set to 0 to disable)

-v, --version : Print version information and quit

--volume-path string : Path to a directory where the monkd should store container volumes

Running monkd as a Service

Linux systemd

To setup monkd as a service on a Linux system running systemd, create a config file like the one presented below and substitute the path to monkd binary for PATH_TO_MONKD_BINARY.

Description=MonkOS daemon



Place the file in /etc/systemd/system/, then run:

systemctl daemon-reload

to read the new configuration into systemd, then run:

systemctl enable --now monkd

to start monkd and set it to automatically start on boot.

MacOS launchd

To setup MonkOS as a service on macOS, create a config file like the one presented below and substitute the path to monkd binary for PATH_TO_MONKD_BINARY.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
<string>PATH_TO_MONKD_BINARY no-daemon</string>

To install the config file, move it to $HOME/Library/LaunchAgents/:

cp -v com.monkd.daemon.plist $HOME/Library/LaunchAgents/com.monkd.daemon.plist

Then load it with launchctl:

launchctl load -w $HOME/Library/LaunchAgents/com.monkd.daemon.plist

monkd will start and will be automatically started on boot.


This section contains solution to problems you may experience when running monkd as a service.

File Limit Reached on macOS

By default, macOS limits the number of open files per process to 256. Since monkd opens many network connections, it's easy to bump against this limit.

To fix this problem, you'll need to increase the open file limit. Run the following command with sudo before starting monkd:

sudo launchctl limit maxfiles 4096 unlimited

This will set the limit to 4096 which is more than enough for monkd.

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