I am trying to follow the instructions in the following post: Check status of daemon

When I try to run bitcoin-cli getblockchaininfo I get the following error:

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When I look for the configuration file. It looks like it is not even there.

I am on Windows.

  • 2
    Is bitcoind running?
    – Nick ODell
    Sep 4, 2017 at 20:30
  • This was the problem. I had to start the daemon with bitcoind first, and then open a new cmd prompt to run bitcoin-cli get bloackchaininfo. Please put this as the answer so I can accept it.
    – ADH
    Sep 5, 2017 at 11:43
  • it's "getblockchaininfo" not get blockchaininfo
    – Taha
    Jan 13, 2018 at 18:33

1 Answer 1


You're getting this error because bitcoind isn't running. Once it is, it will create an authentication cookie, and bitcoin-cli will be able to connect.

To start bitcoind from cmd prompt, type:

cd C:/Program\ Files/Bitcoin/daemon/

Press enter, then type:


And press enter.

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