Using on a mac mini; has been running for 56 hours now, still not fully synchronised; is there a way to monitor whether the program is actually doing something or just stuck? would the 0.8.x be faster?

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    Ah, one is supposed to hover the cursor around the spinning wheel in the lower right corner, then a notification appears ...
    – astroboy
    Dec 19, 2013 at 14:05

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It takes forever and a day to have Bitcoin-Qt sync up with the Blockchain for the first time. Also try executing "netstat -n -P TCP | grep '.8333'" in a terminal window to see if you have eight concurrent socket connections into the Bitcoin network.

  • Yep. it's usually much, much faster to ask for the block-chain to be delivered to you on a DVD, or to download it - there are some torrents for it. Of course, theoretically you could be receiving a tampered blockchain, or a virus/trojan, etc. In practice, it's usually safe
    – Joe Pineda
    Jan 19, 2014 at 13:18

Open a terminal window and enter this command:

tail -f ~/Library/Application\ Support/Bitcoin/debug.log

You will get a scrolling log of all the detailed activity of bitcoin-qt.


Run bitcoin-qt from command line and redirect the error and the standard output to a file :

bitcoin-qt 2>&1 /path/to/your/log/file

check your log file to find what's going on ..

You can see the log file in real time on screen by typing :

tail -f /path/to/your/log/file

You could also go to Help -> Debug Window to see if you have active Connections and if the blocks are moving.

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