I've connected sparrow wallet to a pruned bitcoin node but all my utxos are not showing. I would imagine that since I haven't spent them and since pruned nodes still keep the entire bitcoin UTXO set, my bitcoins(utxos) should be accessible on the node.

Is there something I'm doing wrong?


You can't ask for UTXOs from arbitrary nodes on the networks, because there is no way to verify that information.

You need to ask for blocks. And a pruned node cannot provide those.

  • Thanks Pieter. I thought the utxo set is a database (leveldb) on it's own that could be queried independently. I'm curious what's the benefit of allowing pruned nodes then if external wallets can't utilize them? Jan 14 at 7:04

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