What is a Node?

  • A node in the Bitcoin context is an internet connected computer that is running the Bitcoin software.

  • It communicates with other bitcoin nodes and forms a network.

  • All bitcoin transactions take place on this network, and all nodes have access to all transactions.

Should I run a node?

  • The short answer is yes, the long answer is that you will do it at a certain point in your bitcoin journey, if you decide to stick around.

  • There’s an argument that you aren’t really using bitcoin unless you are running one.

How do I run a node?