I've spun up a Stellar horizon server using the Docker image mentioned in the repo below


It spins up just fine but I don't get any payment history. ie. this URL returns a 404


while it works fine for


Removing payments makes it work and I get account info just fine


The only issue i see other having is

Horizon server returning 404 for GET /accounts/{id}/payments

which mentions that INJEST needed to be enabled, but it looks like it already is default true in the docker. Other queries run just fine such as ledgers/ and accounts/

Any advice?

  • Are your horizon and core synced? How did you check? Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 0:30
  • I checked by querying horizon for the most recent ledger and the ledger number matches what I see from horizon.stellar.org. Is there a better way?
    – Paul Puey
    Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 1:09
  • The correct answer is below. You need to run horizon db backfill.
    – marcinx
    Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 10:37

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Had the same problem but it seems I figured it out. If you want the full history available on your horizon you need to do the following.

Run your stellar-core with CATCHUP_COMPLETE=true. On your horizon side you need to manually tell it to ingest historical ledgers. Just starting horizon with --ingest=true is not enough as it will only ingest ledgers that stellar-core currently processes. The steps to manually ingest history are as follows.

  1. horizon db init initialized db schema
  2. horizon db backfill NUM_LEDGERS set this slightly higher than the current ledger on stellar-core. This way it should back fill all the way to the beginning of history.
  3. horizon --ingest=true Start your horizon with ingest=true to keep it up to date. Horizon can run while you are doing the db backfill in the background.

Maybe there is easier/better ways to do it but this is what worked for me. The docs all just mention --ingest=true but you really also need to do the db backfill for full/more complete history.


It's likely that the specific payments that you see in the public horizon instance are older than your oldest ingested ledger. By default, the docker image's stellar-core configuration will only fetch recent history.

You can verify this by fetching horizon's root element and checking the history_elder_ledger field. In https://horizon.stellar.org/ it's 1. In your own horizon this will probably be newer.

Stellar's core sample config contains some useful information: https://github.com/stellar/stellar-core/blob/master/docs/stellar-core_example.cfg#L220

Horizon's admin overview can also help: https://github.com/stellar/go/blob/master/services/horizon/internal/docs/reference/admin.md#correcting-gaps-in-historical-data

  • I don't see anything in the config file to ingest the entire ledger. What do I change?
    – Paul Puey
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 0:28
  • I tried setting HISTORY_RETENTION_COUNT="10000000" (about 3 years)
    – Paul Puey
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 16:48
  • And CATCHUP_COMPLETE=true. Now the server seems to resync over and over. I see this type of line 2018-09-26T16:55:55.573 GCWVK [History INFO] Catching up: applying checkpoint 70318/315168 (22%) 2018-09-26T16:55:55.913 GCWVK [History INFO] Catching up: applying checkpoint 70319/315168 (22%) 2018-09-26T16:55:56.241 GCWVK [History INFO] Catching up: applying checkpoint 70320/315168 (22%) cross my screen all the time and it cycles from 0-100% and back to 0%
    – Paul Puey
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 16:56
  • HISTORY_RETENTION_COUNT is a horizon setting that limits retention on the horizon side. You need stellar-core to do a full catchup so that horizon has the entire history to ingest in the first place. CATCHUP_COMPLETE is indeed the setting you're looking for. It takes ~2-7 days, depending on your hardware, to perform a full catchup. If you have specific errors with that I'd recommend opening another question with information and logs Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 17:13
  • Is there an estimate amount of diskspace needed to run a full history server? I had a 160gb machine as I saw posts here that the Core only needed 16GB and that Horizon needed about 30gb. But apparently those were not for full history. What is the expected disk requirements so I can spin up a VPS accordingly?
    – Paul Puey
    Commented Oct 2, 2018 at 22:37

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