Ethereum’s Blockchain Already Over 9GB in Size

5 Mar


With all the craziness surrounding the constantly growing price of Ethereum in the last weeks we also need to take a look at what is happening with the ETH blockchain in terms of file size. Taking a look at the total file size of Ethereum’s blockchain we can see that it is already approaching 9.5 GB in size, something that is a direct result of the fast block times and the growing user interest in ETH. When you consider the fact that Ethereum is still less than 1 year old crypto currency if you only take into account when the mining officially stated and not when the work on it has started. The big blockchain file size makes things harder on users that are just starting and want to run a full local node 24/7 or just wan to have a local wallet and with the increase in interest into Ethereum there are more and more new people joining. For the last month alone the number of unique Ethereum addresses on the blockchain has almost doubled than the number it was at the beginning of February. The number of transaction on the network is also steadily growing, but not as much as new users getting into Ethereum due to the rapid increase of the ETH price.

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6 Responses to Ethereum’s Blockchain Already Over 9GB in Size


March 5th, 2016 at 14:44

9 GB might sound a lot but it’s a small number even for SSDs today.
Besides, if you sync with the –fast command the blockchain is just 1.03 GB.


March 5th, 2016 at 15:46

It might be small if you only have one wallet, but it will continue to grow at a faster pace and if you have more wallets… Bitcoin alone is over 65GB already.


March 5th, 2016 at 23:08

The keys are web wallet/cold wallet and mining using a pool :)

No blockchain sync :)


March 12th, 2016 at 14:52

I think I will stay at Peercoin:)


April 7th, 2016 at 08:52

9GB is alot for me on my macbook air with 256GB. I only got about 10gb free, if I install the ethereum wallet it will use up all my space


April 7th, 2016 at 09:16

A local wallet needs to synchronize with the blockchain, so it will download it and store it on your computer. The larger the blockchain, the more troublesome it becomes for users to store it on their computers. Alternatives include the use of online wallet or to store your coins on a trusted and secure exchange.

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