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?

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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. – Roman Mandeleil 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 :) – Roman Mandeleil Jan 24 '14 at 17:19

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