I'm running Abe to create a blockchain SQL database, so I don't want the Bitcoin client to touch my copy of the blockchain at the moment. But I would like to query the blockchain with the bitcoind client. Is there a way to run bitcoind without connecting to other nodes?

  • iptables on bitcoin port?
    – ripazha
    Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 16:41

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I see two approaches:

  1. Use --connect <hostname> with the hostname set to something that doesn't exist.
  2. Unplug from the network.
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    -connect= should do. Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 20:34

Now there is an extra option to disable automatic connections at startup:

  1. CLI option -noconnect
  2. Configuration option: noconnect=1

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