Moving the Bitcoin Core Data Directory

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Bitcoin Core runs as a full network node and maintains a local copy of the block chain. This data independence improves wallet privacy and security. Unlike some SPV wallets that transmit addresses to peers, Bitcoin Core stores all transactions locally. With local access to the complete set of headers and transactions, Bitcoin Core can use full verification to tell when peers lie about payments.

However, dealing with the block chain comes at a price. An ever-growing data set causes smaller hard drives to fill up quickly. Furthermore, a new wallet can't be used until the full block chain is downloaded and processed, which can take several hours on mid-range equipment.

These problems can be solved by moving and copying Bitcoin Core's data directory. This article describes two approaches that can be used with either a new or existing Bitcoin Core 0.10.0 installation.

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Compile Bitcoin Core from Source on Ubuntu

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Ubuntu is often recommended as an operating system on which to run Bitcoin Core. Although Bitcoin Core can be installed as a precompiled binary, this method won't work in every case. This guide shows how to compile Bitcoin Core from scratch on a clean Ubuntu 14.04.2 system.

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Installing Bitcoin Core on Ubuntu

Ubuntu is often recommended as an alternative to Windows for running Bitcoin Core. Recent reports of a false postive virus signature in the block chain and an inappropriate response by Microsoft antivirus software reinforce this point. This guide shows how to install and run Bitcoin Core on a clean Ubuntu 14.04 system.

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