How long does it take a Bitcoin wallet to sync?

Yang Yang Li June 4, 2013
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MakeUseOf has piqued my interest in Bitcoin and I have decided to give it a go after seeing the number of merchants accepting it as payments increase. I downloaded the official Bitcoin client (wallet) and am now waiting for it to finish syncing. The progress bar at the bottom filled to about 60% after leaving the software running overnight. However, when I checked on it in the morning, progress is painfully slow, about 1 block every 20 seconds. It slowed down with around 50,000 blocks left/40% to completion.

I left it on for two more days and still have over 35,000 blocks left. Is this normal? For those with experience, how long did it take for your Bitcoin wallet to sync? Consider your internet speed when responding as mine is 3 Mbit/sec down and 0.333 Mbit/sec up.


  1. susendeep dutta
    June 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    The system's hardware also comes into play while syncing for the first time especially the HDD.It can take upto 40 hours or more.

    Read more here -

    How long does "synchronizing" take when the Bitcoin client is first installed? What's it doing?

    It can sometimes take 7 hours on faster connection or even 5 days to complete and the slower process is normal.

  2. ha14
    June 4, 2013 at 10:58 am