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Bitcoin Node

Bitcoin Node Image

Contabo's Bitcoin Node image is based on the Bitcoin Core v25.0 (

The Bitcoin Image is not provided with synced chain data, the syncing start once the image installed, this can take up to 12-48h depending on the available nodes.

Data path structure:

Chain data: /var/lib/bitcoind

bitcoind config: /etc/bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

bitcoin-cli config: /home/bitcoin/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

Switch user for Bitcoin user:

For accessing bitcoin-cli command you should switch to bitcoin user, which is created for security reasons.

sudo -u bitcoin -i

P2P Network info:

bitcoin-cli getnetworkinfo

Healthy response (example):

  "networkactive": true,
"connections": 13,
"connections_in": 3,
"connections_out": 10,`

Blockchain (sync status) info:

The syncing can take up to 48h, depending on available nodes.

bitcoin-cli getblockchaininfo

Healthy response:

"chain": "main",
"blocks": 170260, <-- Highest synced block
"headers": 813630, <-- Highest block on the network
"bestblockhash": "0000000000000049ec54c7c6df79fce11e724b4b56103e005e03fa8e8c2a4a09",
"difficulty": 1496978.595025569,
"time": 1331249860,
"mediantime": 1331245089,
"verificationprogress": 0.002915741002688988, <---- 0.29% synced
"initialblockdownload": true,
"chainwork": "00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000df7e38ad4228191c1",
"size_on_disk": 1234406989,
"pruned": false,
"warnings": ""
  • verificationprogress never reach 1.00 even at fully synced it will be around 0.9999....

Check if Bitcoin Node is running:

systemctl status bitcoind.service

Restart bitcoind server:

systemctl restart bitcoind.service

Read logs:

tail -n 100 /var/lib/bitcoind/debug.log

Edit bitcoind config file:

nano /etc/bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

  • Restart your node to apply new configurations

Data directory of bitcoin service:


Activate firewall:

Better to do this step at the beginning to avoid problems later on, and risk that your are closing yourself out!

sudo apt install ufw
sudo ufw default deny incoming
sudo ufw default allow outgoing
sudo ufw allow ssh # If you're using SSH
sudo ufw allow 8333 # Allows Bitcoin network connections
sudo ufw enable

Extra rules:
sudo ufw allow 8332 # For JSON-RPC for remote wallet

sudo ufw allow 28332 # Zero MQ for listening
sudo ufw allow 28333 # Zero MQ for listening

sudo ufw allow 8443 # Lightning Terminal

Common used plugins application for Bitcoin Nodes:

BTC Payserver:

Lightning Network Node:

Lightning Terminal: