• I have downloaded the bootstrap.dat torrent to make bitcoin qt synchronize faster.

  • I have searched the bitcoin directory by writing in the Run Application "explorer %APPDATA%\Bitcoin"

  • I have dropped the bootstrap.dat file in there. (other files/maps in there are, blocks, chainstate, .lock, db, debug, peers.dat, wallet.dat/

  • I have opened the bitcoin qt program through Start.

And the bitcoin qt is not importing the bootstrap.dat. It just start synchronizing from 5 years.

Can someone tell me how to solve this

1 Answer 1


The importing process is not instant, every block from the bootstrap.dat has to be verified first.

You could be looking at this process of verification.

  • But how do I know that Iam in a process of verifaction. It just looks like its synchronizing like it does without the bootstrap.dat. Is this normal? Jul 22, 2014 at 20:42
  • The most important distinction would be that it goes faster :-)
    – gosuto
    Jul 22, 2014 at 22:38
  • The latest version shows network activity graph. That should be 0 or low when merely verifying.
    – Jannes
    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:36

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