I am building a web app that implements bitcoin payments. My server has limited resources, and I don't want to fill up it's data with the ENTIRE blockchain (takes up too much space).

So I enabled pruning on bitcoind, and ran:

bitcoind -daemon -txindex

I got the error:

Error: Prune mode is incompatible with -txindex.

Is it not possible to verify any TXID I want with a pruned node? Is my only option to depend on a third party if I don't want to store the entire blockchain? Thanks.

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You're asking two different things, so it's not clear which answer is correct.

Yes, a pruned full node verifies all transactions. That's why it's still called a full node.

No, pruning is not compatible with txindex.

But, are you sure you need txindex? If you're only receiving payments to yourself you don't need txindex.

  • D'oh! I'm not sure why I forgot pruned nodes can still verify payments received to it's own wallet. Thanks.
    – 2523454
    Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 22:18
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    Not just to its own wallet, full nodes (including pruned ones) verify all payments, ever. That doesn't mean you can query them. Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 18:16

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