I have two questions that I can't seem to find answers for anywhere, probably because they are noob questions, so please bear with me. I don't want this to be redundant and will close the thread if someone has a link to the answers somewhere.

My goal is to run a full node that meets the following criteria:

  • Reachable by both regular and Tor-only nodes to support the overall health of the network
  • Broadcasts my own personal transactions via Tor (for privacy)

So far, I have completed the below steps by following the very helpful instructions here and here

  • Synced the node
  • Checked the "Connect through SOCKS5 proxy (default proxy)" option in the UI and set it to so it connects to Tor
  • Enabled Tor's control socket with CookieAuthentication and verified that the hidden onion service is automatically created by bitcoin via the logs with debub=tor

Now, my two questions

  1. Do I need to use the "bind=" configuration option mentioned in the tutorials to achieve my goals or does it not matter? Currently, my node receives no inbound connections when I set "bind=" in the configuration file. I verified this by both waiting a while to see if any came in and using the bitnodes checker. However, when I don't use this configuration option at all, inbound connections seem to work fine (debug log shows my node is bound to instead). Hoping this is not relevant to my goal.
  2. Do I need to also select the "Use separate SOCKS5 proxy to reach peers via Tor hidden services" option in the UI and set the proxy to (Tor's control port)? Or is leaving just the first proxy box checked for the :9050 Tor proxy fine...I don't fully understand the relationship between these two Proxy UI options and the command line/configuration file options (and default values) that they represent.

Other details if helpful:

  • Node is v0.17.1 and running on Ubuntu 18.04
  • Port 8333 is configured on my router and firewall to accept traffic
  • Only bitcoin.conf options I have set are
    • par=2
    • dbcache=4096
    • listen=1

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