:) I'm starting development on a PHP project that involves creating a Bitcoin server, creating and managing wallets, etc.

I've created a selfish-node (550 MiB of the blockchain) on Ubuntu 14 with bitcoind and bitcoin-cli and it is live according to https://bitnodes.21.co/ => response: ( /Satoshi:0.14.2/)

My bitcoin.conf is as follows

prune=550 maxconnections=10 maxuploadtarget=10 rpcuser=fakeusername rpcpassword=fakepassword daemon=1 keypool=10000

and bitcoin-cli getinfo outputs

root@b:~/.bitcoin# bitcoin-cli getinfo { "version": 140200, "protocolversion": 70015, "walletversion": 130000, "balance": 0.00000000, "blocks": 367670, "timeoffset": -1, "connections": 8, "proxy": "", "difficulty": 52278304845.59168, "testnet": false, "keypoololdest": 1505160918, "keypoolsize": 10000, "paytxfee": 0.00000000, "relayfee": 0.00001000, "errors": "" }

I've created a wallet via bitcoin-cli on this node: 17Jn1VYpwknwjuVxLMYvqc8iHJ6QsP8xDo and have sent this address 0.00000547 bitcoin as a test from an Electrum wallet of mine.

The tx: ee65b8201e0e26827430b34872f6dd961f318e0c1e4c5266a6bcf8a8fa22a2ce

According to the blockchain, it has over 10 confirmations at this point (it is confirmed).

But when I execute commands to verify this from within my server, it does not show any such transaction and it does not show that I have received any funds.

root@b:~/.bitcoin# bitcoin-cli getreceivedbyaddress 17Jn1VYpwknwjuVxLMYvqc8iHJ6QsP8xDo




root@b:~/.bitcoin# bitcoin-cli gettransaction ee65b8201e0e26827430b34872f6dd961f318e0c1e4c5266a6bcf8a8fa22a2ce


error code: -5 error message: Invalid or non-wallet transaction id

Is this because I am not running a full node? Can anyone shed some light on this?

  • Did you wait for your transaction to be accepted in the next bitcoin block? I can see your transaction here blockchain.info/tx/…
    – Fuzzybear
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 8:35
  • I did wait. It was confirmed. The problem, I believe, is that this transaction is not synced with the node on my server yet, since the node is new (I just installed it a few hours before). I have to wait until my node syncs then I will check it again.
    – luminol
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 16:51

1 Answer 1


Your node isn't synced with the blockchain yet.

 "blocks": 367670,

Your node has downloaded and verified 367670 blocks. According to https://blockchain.info/ there are currently 484790 blocks in the blockchain. Your node will not have an up-to-date view of the transaction register until it has downloaded and processed all of them. At that time, your transaction should become visible to your node.

  • Is there a way to speed up the syncing of my node through my bitcoin.conf file?
    – luminol
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 16:38
  • @luminol: In my experience it tends to be CPU bound. Check top to see your CPU usage; if it's already 100% then there is not really anything that will improve it. If not then you could try increasing maxconnections and maxuploadtarget in hopes of downloading faster (the latter might be limiting how quickly you can request blocks). Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 16:57

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