I recently sent btc that appears to be stuck (https://live.blockcypher.com/btc/tx/c131d65d933e343f852021830b833123de952c1857f264503388cf642655c457/)

The interesting thing is that I used a higher fee (4.5 sat/byte) which was the highest fee that Electrum's slider would support. I also notice that there are only two transactions in this block. Did I screw up? Is there any way that I can fix this?

Edit: Electrum says that I am only 0.12 MB from tip, however it has hovered around there without moving and sometimes increasing in size.

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The hourly average fee when this question was posted was between 9 and 10 Satoshi per Byte (sat/B).

The latest TX's that I just randomly checked all had 10.03 sat/B fee which is higher than the 4.5 sat/B that you sent.

Transactions are at a hourly peak right now. Wait it out and it'll probably go through in the next couple of hours as the mempool empties.

I just noticed your TX went through and has 3 confirmations from the time I started replying to now. So I guess this is a closed issue.

  • Since transactions can be of different size, miners actually select transactions by fee rate (fee over size), not by absolute fees.
    – Murch
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 0:16
  • @Murch Yep. His was 4.5 sat/B and those I checked (the first few on that block I linked to) all were 10.xx sat/B. Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 0:22
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    Block #600283 had 18 transactions with fee rates below 3 sats/B, but that's not my point. The point I was trying to make was that the absolute fee a transaction paid is not a good metric to assess its priority, because paying 2200 sats for a 1100 byte transaction is a lower fee rate than paying 1674 satoshis for a 372 byte transaction.
    – Murch
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 0:31
  • @Murch OK, thanks for the suggestion I've reworded the answer. Let me know please if this is better. Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 1:10

Your transaction paid a fee of 1674 satoshis for 372 bytes, or a fee rate of 4.5 satoshis per byte, which was a reasonable estimate in the past hour (via https://mempool.space/tv):enter image description here

There was just a slow block with #600,283 taking 37 minutes to be found (via https://blockchair.com) and it looks like your transaction would have been exactly in that little blue corner above the dotted line.

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Otherwise, four of the last six blocks were not even full, so if not for that slower block, it would have been included in the next block (via https://mempool.space/tv): overview of last six blocks

Should you do get a transaction stuck during a congestion phase sometime in the future, check out this canonical question: Why is my transaction not getting confirmed and what can I do about it?

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