Is there any variable in the bitcoind code that records the timestamp when a block is received for the first time by a particular node? To be more precise, for transactions, transaction information returned by Bitcoind JSON RPC API contains timereceived. Is there similar field for blocks in the API?

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I don't believe this is exposed via the JSON-RPC API.

The easiest method would likely be to have a program monitoring debug.log and look for the best height update messages - they will be a few milliseconds off, since I believe those are only logged after block validation has succeeded, but it is likely the closest you can get to a per-node block receipt time, at least without monitoring the network traffic.

  • Thanks. In that last line you mention "without monitoring the network traffic". It would be great if you could elaborate on how to determine the timestamps when a block is received by monitoring the network traffic.
    – Dragonboy
    May 28, 2020 at 6:53

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