By setting the -prune option.
Reduce storage requirements by enabling pruning (deleting) of old
blocks. This allows the pruneblockchain RPC to be called to
delete specific blocks, and enables automatic pruning of old
blocks if a target size in MiB is provided. This mode is
incompatible with -txindex and ...
There are more details in the release notes.
To enable block pruning set prune=<N> on the command line or in bitcoin.conf, where N is the number of MiB to allot for raw block & undo data.
A value of 0 disables pruning. The minimal value above 0 is 550.
Where 550 is the size in MB you want the node to occupy in your system.
The bitcoin.conf is in ...
Since Bitcoin-Core 0.11.0 you can prune (trim) the blockchain in Bitcoin-Qt.
But not from the UI.
You need to add prune=550 to your bitcoin.conf file and restart Bitcoin-Qt.
-prune=<target in MiB> will tell bitcoin-core to remove blocks which are older than oldest block that can be kept with a chainsize (sum of block-sizes) of <target&...
No, pruning will not make the initial sync faster. The information that gets removed by pruning isn't accessed turning the initial sync.
Currently pruning makes the initial sync somewhat slower: more frequent flushes are performed in order to allow pruning to work, and the work of actually deleting things creates its own small slowdown. About the same is ...
You cannot skip downloading the blockchain, but you can skip storing it.
If you run Bitcoin Core with the -prune=N or put prune=N in the bitcoin.conf file, only at most N megabytes worth of blocks will be stored on disk. N has to be at least 550 currently.
Pruning does not reduce the validation or security at all, but does prevent your node from serving ...
The blockchain itself cannot be pruned.
Each block is verified through hashing all its data and a random nonce to find a hash that has a certain number of leading zeroes. If you even removed a single little bit of data from a block, the resulting hash would be changed. As most likely the new hash would not fulfill the difficulty requirement, the proof of ...
You can set a limit for blockchain data by starting your node with -prune=<n>.
-prune=<n> gives the target size in MiB to use for block files
This limit will only include the blocks and reorganization data. You also need some space for chain state, block index database, and wallet.
I run my node with -prune=20480 (i.e. 20 GiB) and fully caught ...
Full nodes keep all blocks by default, but this is not necessary to achieve full node security. Full nodes validate the complete blockchain and enforce all consensus rules regardless of whether a full history is kept.
Keeping all blocks is a service to the network, as you'll be able to provide all blocks for synchronizing nodes or requests of thin clients.
If pruning is enabled, old blocks are deleted on the fly while new ones are being downloaded.
With -prune=550 (the minimum value), you're able to run Bitcoin Core v0.12+ with just a few GB of disk space.
Fully validating nodes ("full nodes") are clients that have validated the whole blockchain self-sufficiently and enforce all of the rules of Bitcoin on any data they receive. Therefore, they cannot be cheated by means of invalid blocks or transactions.
Running your own full node is the most secure, most private, and least trusting way to participate in the ...
Just got help from someone at BitcoinTalk forum, who directed me to bitcoind 0.11.0 changelog (Which pruning was introduced/implemented for the first time in bitcoind)
As indicated there, Block pruning deletes raw block & undo data:
there are four types of data related to the blockchain in the bitcoin system: the raw blocks as received over the ...
does such a node support the syncing of other nodes in the network?
Nodes that are pruned unset the NODE_NETWORK flag, which means that they don't advertise themselves as a potential source for block synchronization. Nodes won't consider peers without this flag as a potential source for downloading blocks.
In such an early state, before pruning kicked in, ...
There are three things pruned Bitcoin Core nodes (as of version 0.21.0) cannot do:
Serve historical blocks to new nodes that are trying to bootstrap.
Rescan for old wallet transactions after importing more addresses.
The getrawtransaction RPC for retrieving arbitrary transactions.
Validation (and security in general) are unaffected.
It turns out that prune=1 is a new special case which enables manual pruning. For values of N from 2 to 549, prune=N shows an error.
Bitcoin Core parses configuration arguments in the init.cpp. Depending on the value of prune=<N>:
N < 0 – returns the error: "Prune cannot be configured with a negative value."
N = 1 – Activates manual prune mode ...
From your description it sounds to me that you may have edited your configuration file while Bitcoin Core was already running.
prune=1100 is a startup parameter. It will take effect once you restart the program.
If you add a parameter to the startup instructions, parameters start with a dash (-prune=1100), e.g.:
Will running a pruned node make my store less secure?
No, not at all.
I was wondering what will be the downsides to me running a pruned node?
With a pruned node you cannot:
Handle (extremely) deep reorganizations (which are in theory possible but in practice would indicate a very serious problem with Bitcoin's security assumptions).
Serve old blocks to ...
It is possible to run Lightning (both LND and c-lightning) with bitcoind pruned mode.
There are already packages turning the pruned mode on when disk space is limited: Lightning Power Node Launcher (works with LND) and BTCPayServer docker (works with c-lightnig).
There is a lot of conflicting information online, because it became possible only after ...
No, the default behavior of bitcoin core v0.19.0.1 is still the non pruning mod.
You should check your bitcoin.conf file depending on your operating system there is a line about pruning which should be something likeprune=550 in your case, just put a # to deactivate it again like #prune=550.
It introduces too much trust into the download source. It's the same thing as just uploading a datadir. You aren't verifying any of the blockchain history; what you download could be a fork of the blockchain. Having such a download completely defeats the point of running a full node.
Furthermore, with downloading a pruned datadir, you will have to download ...
Pruning Blockchain, what does it remove?
Raw block data for blocks older than a given height.
If we look at https://bitcoincore.org/en/releases/0.11.0/, it says
This release supports running a fully validating node without maintaining a copy of the raw block and undo data on disk. To recap, there are four types of data related to the blockchain in the ...
This seems a lot of effort for absolutely no benefit.
In the Bitcoin pruning model you discard ALL those old blocks anyway, and JUST keep the utxo set. It doesn't matter whether a utxo is in an old block or a new block, you're still keeping it in the utxoset. Any blocks you keep around is merely for convenience and to assist other nodes that request those ...
Copying .bitcoin folder should work. Make sure bitcoind is not running (try ps -ef | grep bitcoin) before you attempt to copy. Also make sure bitcoin.conf is same in both places
Also, change the bitcoin.conf file with the new datadir , rpcuser and rpcpassword
This is called pruning.
Since Bitcoin-Core 0.11.0 you can prune (trim) the blockchain in
Bitcoin-Qt. But not from the UI. You need to add -prune=550 to your
bitcoin.conf file and restart Bitcoin-Qt.
Explanation: -prune=<target in MiB> will tell bitcoin-core to remove blocks which are older than oldest block that can be kept with
The prune value merely sets the limit of how much block data is kept.
If you increase the value and restart, no block data will be deleted for a while. New blocks will be received and validated and stored, and old ones won't be deleted until the new prune value is reached again.
If you decrease the value and restart, the oldest blocks will be deleted at ...
From the Bitcoin Core v0.14.0 release notes:
Bitcoin Core has supported automatically pruning the blockchain since 0.11. Pruning the blockchain allows for significant storage space savings as the vast majority of the downloaded data can be discarded after processing so very little of it remains on the disk.
Manual block pruning can now be enabled by ...
Pruned nodes will verify new blocks and they are classified as full nodes
They keep the complete database of all UTXOs. This is enough to verify new blocks. What is required for validation is that the tx in the new blocks are spending only the current unspent transaction outputs
They store mempool and check blocks to make sure they comply with all bitcoin ...
Does running bitcoind with -prune option make the initial blockchain
sync faster or not?
No, it just allows you to define the maximum storage space for old blocks to use, but it will still download all of the blocks to verify them, deleting them afterwards.
Reduce storage requirements by enabling pruning (deleting) of old
Your points 1 & 2 are both correct. The good news is the only time those old blocks get requested is by new nodes that are still bootstrapping and downloading the blockchain for the first time. As long as those old blocks are available and accessible somewhere, those new nodes will sync up just fine.
Another fact about pruned nodes is they are required ...