This is a torrent of the publicly available bitcoin blockchain data.
Bitcoin-Qt/bitcoind version 0.7.1 and later supports a special import feature: If the file "bootstrap.dat" is found in the bitcoin data directory, it will validate and import all blockchain data found in that file. The following torrent presents a bootstrap.dat file for that feature.
Here is the PGP-signed torrent information. The public key for firstname.lastname@example.org
may be found at public keyservers or http://bitcoin.org/jgarzik-bitpay.asc
Details follow below the signature
Updated: April 14, 2014https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/bootstrap.txt
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----What is bootstrap.dat?
Torrent info hash: cb7caf0b4c0ee266cce5fbd8f8ba3903f5efa82e
Torrent magnet link:
Block height: 295000
Byte size: 17522056398
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Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.22 (Darwin)
Comment: GPGTools - http://gpgtools.org
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It is a flat, binary file containing bitcoin blockchain data, from the genesis block through height 295,000.
Versions 0.7.1+ automatically validates and imports a file in the data directory named "bootstrap.dat".Special note
: Version prior to 0.8.0 have a bug which will only import 2G of data from a file. This is fixed in 0.8.0.Who wants bootstrap.dat?
Anyone bringing up a new node using the reference client. This is one method of accelerating the initial blockchain download process, while helping the bitcoin P2P network by offloading data download traffic from public P2P nodes.
This download is not
for those who are already running the bitcoin client.How often will this torrent be updated?
Assuming this project is deemed useful and worth continuing... the torrent will be updated once every few months, when the checkpoints are updated in the reference client source code
.Why not update the torrent more often?
A torrent works best when it is a large, static dataset that changes infrequently. That maximizes the ability to seed the data, enabling even part-timer seeders to contribute meaningfully. Less frequent changes also minimizes the risk that a malicious torrent will appear, with a long, malicious side chain. The current policy only updates the torrent after blocks are buried many thousands deep in the chain.Why should I trust you?
You don't have to: This data is raw block chain data. The client will verify
this data during import.
Independent third parties may generate their own bootstrap.dat, up to height 295,000, and verify that the sha256sum matches that posted above. The file format is simple and publicly known:
<4-byte pchMessageStart><32-bit length><CBlock, serialized in network wire format>Torrent file download?
If the magnet link does not work, download the torrent file from https://bitcoin.org/bin/blockchain/How can I help? Do you need more seeds?
Yes, we need as many long term seeds as possible. This ensures we can meet torrent download demand immediately at high speeds, and remain idle the remainder of the time.Generate the file myself?
You may generate the file yourself, rather than downloading it, if you have Bitcore Core and python. The tool used to generate bootstrap.dat is https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/tree/master/contrib/linearizeComments welcome
Post any comments or experiences in this thread. I'll update the OP as needed.