What does the -server option do in bitcoin node? https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Running_Bitcoin says 'Accept command line and JSON-RPC commands'. However I can't see any difference whatsoever. In both cases I'm able to curl my request as well as use the cli.

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As stated by the help,

       Accept command line and JSON-RPC commands

You may however also have to check if this configuration parameter has been enabled by your local configuration, usually a file called bitcoin.conf, unless configured using the -conf parameter to bitcoind.

On linux builds, this should default to ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf, on Mac OS X ~/Library/Application\ Support/Bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

In this file, you can explicitly configure the server as off using the server configuration parameter.


You can alternatively pass a parameter as 1 (enabled) or 0 (disabled)

bitcoind -server=0

You should not be able to access your server assuming this has been toggled to 0.

The headless daemon bitcoind has the JSON-RPC API enabled by default, the GUI bitcoin-qt has it disabled by default.

  • Didn't know it was enabled by default, they never mentioned it in the docs. This makes sense, I've never actually tried setting it to 0, only removing it. Thanks.
    – zabbir
    Feb 17, 2019 at 21:03
  • Pleasure. The documentation referring to this is here. github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/doc/… Please accept this answer if it has answered your question.
    – Gr0kchain
    Feb 17, 2019 at 21:06

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