When I go to bitcoind using "bitcoind -daemon" in Windows 7, it won't run in the background. When I type that, it just sits there and does nothing. If I keep it like that and open another command prompt and use eg. "bitcoind getpeerinfo" , it says it can't get a lock on some directory.


1 Answer 1


What are you expecting it to do? It is a daemon (server) that is waiting for RPC connections on port 8333.

Your bitcoin.conf needs to have configured the rpcuser and rpcpassword. Then you can access the bitcoin API.

With Bitcoin-Qt version 0.7 and higher, the Debug window gives you access to run a console, so you don't need to run bitcoind if you are just trying to execute some commands interactively.

  • Thanks, I didn't really know what to expect from bitcoind. I thought it would return a response. Nov 4, 2012 at 13:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.