I downloaded the blockchain from a torrent, but when I imported my old wallet.dat file, the balance is not showing. I am unfamiliar with console operation, so please be as specific as possible. Thank You!

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Method 1

Open "Finder".

Press Cmd + Shift + G

Paste this:

~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

Edit bitcoin.conf with TextEdit

Add this line:


Save it, then run Bitcoin-qt.

After you the rescan ends and you quit don't forget to revert the bitcoin.conf

Method 2

Right click Bitcoin-qt

Choose "Show package contents"

Go to Contents/MacOS/Bitcoin-Qt

Run Terminal.

Drag the file to terminal

Type -rescan

Press Enter.

Don't quit Terminal before the rescan ends and you quit Bitcoin-qt

It's done.

  • @ToddAC I assume that even though you have downloaded the blockchain from a torrent you will want your node online so that it can validate you are on the correct fork and download any additional blocks.
    – Willtech
    Commented Jan 27, 2018 at 1:52

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