I have been experimenting with Bitcoin and I installed Armory wallet. It told me that it would take approximately 8 hours to sync the worldwide ledger.

My question is, as Bitcoin gets more popular, will it take longer to download the ledger?

If so, doesn't this pose a problem - could it get to big to be feasible?


The short answer would be yes, if the chain becomes bigger it takes more time to download it.

The more detailed answer would be: there is plenty of options to make it quicker: for example you can download already constructed chain from some trusted source.

  • No, blockchain grows with time, not with popularity bigger blocks can be a factor but are not the main issue.
    – frisco
    Jan 24 '14 at 17:08
  • The question was if it is going to take more time, the answer is yes it will because it become larger. Jan 24 '14 at 17:12
  • Both in title and description the question is linked with Bitcoin becoming more popular and even if Bitcoin become less popular and even abandoned except for a minority the blockchain will continue growing. So no blockchain size problem has nothing to do with popularity.
    – frisco
    Jan 24 '14 at 17:17
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    what about much more transactions data in each block ? common take the -1 off :) Jan 24 '14 at 17:19

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