Running a Bitcoin Node

What is a node?

  • A Bitcoin node is how a user interacts with the bitcoin network. Any time there is a transaction, aka any time anything on bitcoin happens, it is broadcast through a node.

  • Instead of trusting a company to do things for you, you should be interacting with bitcoin yourself as much as possible. You do that using a node. It is basically software that communicates with the bitcoin network. This is what is meant by “running your own node”.