How can I run a Bitcoin Client in a server mode. Can someone provide step-by-step directions on how to do that?

Thank you

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    What does "server mode" mean? Are you referring to the RPC server? Apr 15, 2022 at 20:37
  • Yes, I mean RPC server.
    – Armen M.
    Apr 17, 2022 at 3:16

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bitcoind by default runs with the RPC server enabled. bitcoin-qt has it off by default, but it can be enabled by adding the -server command line argument.

  • Where do you add -server. Can you please be more specific?
    – Armen M.
    Apr 18, 2022 at 5:02
  • You add it on the command line; where that goes specifically depends on the operating system and the way you start it. One possibility is opening a shell, and then typing "bitcoin-qt -server" or "./bitcoin-qt -server" or "bitcoin-qt.exe -server". If you have a UI with an icon to click to start it, there is usually a way to edit the command line it uses too. Apr 18, 2022 at 13:03
  • Thank you Pieter for your reply. I tried and bitcoin-qt.exe -server worked :) Can I ask another quick off topic question. Do you know how to set up solo bitcoin mining on windows with BFGMiner? My miners are S19j pro (Asics).
    – Armen M.
    Apr 19, 2022 at 18:58
  • That's a separate question; you should search for existing answers or ask a new question. I don't know anything about mining. Apr 19, 2022 at 19:06

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