Speed up Bitcoin Core – Blockchain download boost!

If you’re running the Bitcoin Core-client you probably know that it may take a lot of time before you get the whole blockchain downloaded if you haven’t started the application in a while.

Here is some simple stuff that speed up the Bitcoin Blockchain sync a lot faster. 2 weeks became less than 1 day.

Step 1:
Unless you have your Blockchain stored on a SSD harddrive, then start to delete stuff you don’t need from the harddrive that have the Blockchain stored. Like movies you’ve watched and stuff like that that’s only taking up space.

The next thing you should do is to defragment that harddrive, believe me, this does make a difference. If you dont know how to do it just read this short guide.

It will probably take some time until it’s done but just let it do it’s thing.

Step 2:
While you’re doing that you should forward a port (if you are using a router). The standard port for Bitcoin Core is 8333. You also need to know your local IP.
To find it just click on the Start menu, search for Command Prompt, press Enter.
Type ipconfig in the Command Prompt that appears and press Enter.

Look for the text “IPv4 Address………..” at the same line you’ll see your local IP. Usually it starts with 192.168…… Write that IP down, and the port which is 8333″.

Step 3:
OK, now you need the brand and model of your router, go look it up.
Then surf to this website and browse to your router.
There you’ll have a great guide how you should do to forward the port to your IP. If you can choose between protocols. Just choose BOTH/ALL…

Remember that your router might be setup to give you a different IP next time you connect to it. Most routers have settings so you can make it static. Otherwise Bitcoin Core wont be able to connect next time if it have a new IP.

That’s it!

Oh, I just forgot something pretty useful. If you have just installed Bitcoin Core, you can download a big part of the Blockchain using this torrent.

Make sure you turn off Bitcoin Core and when that huge file is downloaded, move it into the same folder as your Bitcoin-Qt application folder and then start your client again. It will need to download new parts of the blockchain but this will save you a lot of time!

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