Questions tagged [synchronization]

This tag should be used for questions about synchronizing a Bitcoin client. This is the process of bringing a Bitcoin client up to date with the blockchain.

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Cannot access my bitcoins because my wallet is still synchronising. What can I do to spend them immediately?

I have purchased bitcoins and have downloaded Bitcoin-QT, but my wallet is taking forever to synchronize to the network. I can't access my wallet because it is still in the sync process. I have the ...
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I didn't receive a Bitcoin Payment. What does it mean when the Client is synchronizing?

Bitcoin newbie here. I recently installed the Bitcoin client, and purchased some bitcoins from Mt.Gox. My problem is that my client is constantly synchronizing. I've checked charts and seen that my ...
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Sync with bitcoin-qt very slow (0,01%)

I have the issue that my node's synchronisation is very slow. I am 14 weeks behind and it estimates to take 12 weeks to get synced. The synchronisation rate per hour is only 0,01%. I have a fast ...
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Can I download the whole block chain from somewhere?

Every time I turn on the Bitcoin client it takes days to catch up with the block chain. Are there alternatives to getting it trickling through the peer-to-peer network? Can I just download it ...
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What can I do when the blockchain synchronization is stuck at a specific block?

I hadn't started/used my Bitcoin client for ages. Now, whenever I start the client, it is downloading block 135407 and does not progress past it. What can I do?
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Why is downloading blocks taking longer and longer?

First off, this really needs to get fixed. I'm downloading blocks for at least 8 hours now, and it's still not done. I know the problem of having to download the entire block chain is being worked on, ...
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Creating my own bootstrap.dat?

Since I have been tearing down and setting up bitcoin clients a lot for some experiments lately, I was wondering whether there is a simple way to speed up the synchronization with the network. One ...
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Help! I sent coins to my bitcoin wallet before it was properly synced! [duplicate]

I sent coins to my Bitcoin wallet not after installing it, but before it had fully synced! Then I closed and reopened it after sending the coins. It had generated a bitcoin address to send to, but is ...
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How to transfer only the blockchain to a friend's computer?

After installing the bitcoin client (Qt) a friend got interested as well. He doesn't have as fast an internet connection, though, so I thought of burning some DVDs with the blockchains for him to have....
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How to increase the speed of synchronisation?

What ways are there to increase the speed of synchronisation of the network, assuming the use of the main Bitcoin client?
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How long should synchronizing your wallet for the first time take?

What is the normal synchronzing time for your wallet when you first start? I am using 4G on a wireless and it seems to be taking forever to count down the number of blocks left until it is properly ...
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My client stopped synchronizing, how can I access my wallet?

My wallet has been stuck synchronizing for 21 days, my transfer is in the block chain but I can't get it to sync with my wallet. I've closed firewalls, uninstalled and reinstalled QT with back up and ...
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What are the trust assumptions in --assumed-valid in bitcoin core 0.14?

Please help me understand and distinguish the trust assumptions in the following three cases shown below. Specifically, please elaborate the attacks possible (even though completely theoretical) and ...
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Why is my Bitcoin wallet always out of sync?

Why is my Bitcoin wallet always out of sync? What can cause this?
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Why does the initial blockchain download get stuck part way through?

I am trying to get Bitcoin up and running on a fairly underpowered laptop and Windows Vista using Bitcoin-Qt 0.5.0.1. After installing and starting the program, I am stuck at at the syncing stage at ...
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What is the fastest possible way to download the blockchain?

How to download the blockchain with full bandwidth? How to download the blockchain fast?
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How to know if bitcoind synced?

I installed the bitcoind and started it as daemon. After 10hours I've tried "du -h" ubuntu@ip-172-31-37-93:~/.bitcoin$ du -h 16K ./database 59M ./blocks/index 29G ./blocks 646M ./...
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When downloading the blockchain for the first time using bitcoind, how do I know when it's done?

I'm using bitcoind on Ubuntu, headless. So there's no GUI to tell me when it's done. So how do I know?
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How to speed up initial block chain sync using SSD without wasting space?

I have a 60GB SSD as my Windows system drive, which isn't enough to save the entire blockchain to. I installed BitCoin Core (bitcoin-qt) and set the data directory to be on my 2TB HDD. However, the ...
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Bitcoind Node crashes after using -dbcache option

I've been trying to speed up my node sync by increasing the dbcache. However my node tends to crash overnight. My system is running ubuntu 18.04, 4GM of ram bitcoin core v0.18. I've tried bitcoind -...
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What happens if a miner receives a block but not its previous?

Suppose the following: A miner has stored the current blockchain A-B-C. It stops listening for blocks during some time. During that time, blocks D and E are mined and broadcasted. The miner ...
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bitcoind sync time incredibly slow

I am currently running bitcoind v0.16.0.0 on my macbook (osx 10.12.6) and the initial sync time is really slow. I'm syncing at roughly 88 blocks per hour which would mean it would take another 2 ...
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Blocks seem to store only txIDs, where does the transaction data come from for IBD?

I know that blocks store transactions. After looking into a block, I can see that it only stores txIDs. Question 1 - Where are actual transaction objects stored? If you tell me that it's stored in a ...
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how do you transfer your Bitcoin core wallet while syncing?

I would like to transfer my btc wallet to an electrum wallet. Syncing is taking to long.
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Why would Bitcoin Core freeze my computer when syncing? And is it supposed to take this long?

24 hours ago, I finally bit the bullet and dug up my old computer, set it up physically, installed Linux Mint (with full disk encryption), installed Bitcoin Core through its software manager, started ...
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Unable to connect to peers nor synchronize the network

Neither I'm able to connect to my peers nor I'm able to synchronize my bitcoin core in my network. When I connect my laptop to my mobile hotspot synchronizing works fine and progress in shown. Here ...
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Check status of daemon?

I have started bitcoind on my linux box. How can I ask it what its status is? I assume it is downloading the blockchain and will continue to do so for hours or days. How can I find out where it is in ...
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What happens in detail, when Bitcoin Core verifies a block during synchronization?

Since version 0.10.x, block headers are acquired separately, and therefore download is not delayed until previous blocks have been verified. Previous questions about synchronization mention that the ...
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What does "Activating Best Chain" mean?

What does "Activating Best Chain" mean? My Bitcoin Core doesn't freeze, it just takes a while. I'm curious as to what it's doing.
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Wallet not updating with balance and database error

I'm fairly new to using bitcoins and have been having some trouble with my wallet. I bought bitcoins on coinbase and transferred them to my bitcoin core wallet. The transaction was confirmed with 616 ...
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bitcoind in testnet is not synchronizing

I installed bitcoind into Linux. I'm running it in testnet mode but it is not synchronizing as it is not downloading blocks. I have the following in bitcoin.conf: rpcport=8332 # Needed for testnet ...
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Would it be possible to add an RPC call to be able to determine if a node is fully synced?

After reading this answer, where Peter Wuille talks about how a node can't really tell if it is synced or not, it got me wondering if there is a way we can tell that a node is as synced as it possibly ...
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Bitcoind --reindex vs starting allover again

I setup a Bitcoin Daemon on a VM hosted on an OpenStack cloud. VM has 8 Cores and 32GB of Ram and 20GB of storage. I mounted a 1TB volume into the .Bitcoin/blocks folder. I started bitcoind and it ...
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When and how does bitcoin node sync itself?

When does bitcoin node sync itself? Do different types of sync in bitcoin exist (initial, periodic...)?
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How much space does the blockchain take up per day and per hour when running bitcoinQT on my computer?

the blockchain is about 20GB today, but i was wondering how much space does it take up each day if i were to leave bitcoinqt on regularly? also by hour? reason why im asking is im thinking about just ...
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Does assumevalid lower the security of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin's assumption was to download the blocks and verify it in order to prevent getting fooled. But by default, the assumevalid option is enabled in the software, which, as I understand it, makes ...
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How long does it take to download the blockchain? It's been over a day and still going

I'm a newbie to bitcoins, and need some help! I downloaded the Bitcoin client and installed it on my laptop. It is 'Synchronizing with the network' and has been doing this for over a day. Is this ...
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What does UpdateTip mean?

Example the debug log: 2014-06-27 12:59:10 UpdateTip: new best=00000000000000002a03b175f183c3bbc440f5c2a171e958bfd504582f711f70 height=308004 log2_work=79.405055 tx=41447698 date=2014-06-27 00:04:...
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Is there a way to access my BItcoins before Bitcoin qt syncs?

I used QT to generate an address, and have received some coins, but they're not showing up because it hasn't synced yet. It looks like syncing will take 2 days. Can I access the coins before then? ...
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What is the point of comparing sha256 of downloaded file with published on the same website code? [closed]

Some websites publish sha256 to check authenticity of downloaded file. I suppose this is to protect against man-in-the-middle attack - that my file was not altered during download. What prevents man-...
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What are the downsides of integrating accumulators like Utreexo to bitcoind?

Inspired by the discussion on this question, I wonder what the downsides would be of adding accumulators like Utreexo (site, paper) to bitcoind? On the positive side, it seems like a huge improvement ...
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Bitcoind 0.5.3 stuck at block 364,670 - what to do?

I compiled bitcoind using the same steps as last year. In particular I set DB_CONFIG: set_lg_dir database set_lk_max_locks 537000 Unfortunately once I hit block 364,670 (2015-07-10) I'm treated with:...
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How does headers-first prevent fill-disk attack?

Checkpoints prevented an attack where a node could mine many many low-difficulty blocks from an early point in the blockchain and serve those blocks to syncing nodes who would see their disks fill up. ...
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Wallet says “unsynchronised”, is that stopping me from seeing my bitcoins that I just received? [duplicate]

I don't see the bitcoins I was supposed to receive today at 3PM and I tried to close the application to refresh it but it still hasn't arrived. I used GoldUX so that he could send my webmoney to my ...
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digitalcoin wallet won't sync

I've had my digitalcoin wallet open for a few days now, hoping it would eventually sync back up but it's seemingly stuck, not necessarily at a specific block, but around 3 days back, whichever block ...
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Bitcoind suspend when Synchronizing blocks

My bitcoind started synchronising blocks. The bitcoind version is 0.93. When the bitcoind found an orphan blocks in the synchronising process, it seems stop and did not work. the message from the log ...
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Why is my Electron Cash not detecting any servers?

I am using Elecron Cash 2.9.4, and I opened the wallet by using the seed of my old (BTC) Electrum Wallet. I intended to get BCH.
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Bitcoins not showing up in Bitcoin-Qt wallet [duplicate]

I bought 1 BTC from localbitcoins.com and received my bitcoin in my online wallet with no problems at all, after that I then sent it to my "bitcoin-qt wallet" address located inside the Bitcoin wallet ...
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Bitcoin qt synchronization problems!

So bought my first Bitcoins the other day (27 & 28/11/13) on localcoins, then transferred them to a MultiBit wallet. No problems. I decided to use a 'safer' wallet, therefore I moved the coins to ...
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Bitcoind 0.5.3 stuck at block 274,011

I compiled v0.5.3 of the core client from source, in order to compare IDB (Initial Blockchain Download) performance between versions. I created a fresh Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 machine on Amazon EC2. I ...