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The SourceForge project page for Bitcoin provides a blockchain download at but this file is old/dated.

How and where can I download an up to date copy of the Bitcoin block chain?

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I found this but it isn't dated (silly) –  Colonel Panic Sep 28 '13 at 19:53
@ColonelPanic that link is broken –  puk Dec 5 '13 at 6:45

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Please use the bootstrap.dat torrent download. It is more frequently updated, and much safer to use.

You can find the .torrent download at

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Could you elaborate on why it's safer? –  Nick ODell Jun 24 '13 at 23:41
Because it verifies the blocks on import, instead of trusting someone to give you a pre-validated pre-indexed database. –  Pieter Wuille Jun 25 '13 at 0:11
Ah, I did not realize that the .zip files contained the raw blk*.dat files. Thanks. –  Nick ODell Jun 25 '13 at 0:16
My service provider blocks torrent downloads. So this is not a good solution for me. Any other sites? –  Sydwell Jun 29 '13 at 6:56

You can download the complete blockchain at

If you follow the steps described the initial startup of Bitcoin-Qt should work significally faster :)

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It's not meaningfully faster post v0.10. –  Nick ODell Aug 7 at 1:44
Probably slower actually, given the double handling of the block data. –  Bitcoin Aug 7 at 18:00 is a good way to download the full blockchains of bitcoin and litecoin. The site is new so i expect more improvements in the future. They offer free torrent downloads uploaded 24/7 by 3 servers so bandwith is pretty good and the last upload at the time of writing this was a nicely compressed rar file!

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Here you go I have recently uploaded the bitcoin blockchain to sourceforge.

Blockchain & Chainstate Date: 29th October 2013

Download Link: Download Size: 9GB (Compressed) - 13GB (Decompressed)

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What do you think about using btsync to keep a up to date bootstrap.dat file –  Jonas Oestman Oct 31 '13 at 16:39
Thank you. When download completes, can I rsync it with my ~/.bitcoin directory or is it like this sourceforge link which is rather tricky to decipher –  puk Dec 5 '13 at 6:50

You can "Download the latest snapshot from our high-speed CDN" on but it's not free. It seems to be always up-to-date.

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