I have Bitcoin Core stored on my external disk and currently I am on 39%. but the problem is that it is getting slow for some reason. The Bitcoin Core Qt app is constantly beachballing on my Macbook Air M1 for some reason. When I click on something the response will appear after 5 seconds or so, it's terrible.

Is this normal, or it will get worse?

Right now, I am on Dec 10, 16:23:29 2017 and it took 20 minutes to get there from Dec 10 00:20:02 2017.

Is this normal? Should I expect even bigger slowdown after 50 or 60% mark?

Any advice how to speed things up on my Macbook Air M1? I got to this 39% after running it for like 4 days - sometimes I turned it off for a couple of hours though.


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Temporarily increase dbcache to the equivalant in MB of your RAM size and leave it overnight. Go to bitcoin.conf and add the following and save: dbcache=8000

  • Any idea where is bitcoin.conf file located? I see only settings.json file here: i.imgur.com/0cKVXGj.png
    – fegax
    Apr 5, 2022 at 18:31
  • Open Bitcoin Core and under Setting go to options then click button that says open configuration file then add your parameters and save.
    – user132955
    Apr 6, 2022 at 0:05

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