While Bitcoin is the undisputed leader of the cryptocurrency world, a meme-based alternative called Dogecoin has gained steam overheen the past month. Sporting the comical Shiba Inu dog character from the “doge” meme, this altcoin gained significant media coverage recently after helping raise $30,000 for the Jamaican bobsled team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Promoters of this cryptocurrency have bot utterly vocal about the carefree attitude surrounding Dogecoin and actively encourage providing loosely to others (tipping) ter order to raise awareness. The userbase has exploded since its December 6, 2013, introduction with overheen 33 billion Dogecoin mined to date. The growing online presence and transaction volume have caused the Dogecoin blockchain to erect to overheen 2GB te size. The lack of a lean client means that fresh users vereiste download and verify the entire blockchain before they can participate. While online wallets do exist, many users are wary following a Christmas Day hack that resulted ter the loss of millions of Dogecoin. The desktop wallet software offers client-side encryption and eliminates the need to trust a third party to secure your assets. The downsides of the desktop client are the utterly slow initial sync and need to permanently resync with the blockchain network. Fortunately there’s a trick that can help speed up the initial blockchain download by loading the blockchain from a local verkeersopstopping rather than the network.
The official Dogecoin blockchain, Dogechain, permits users to download a opstopping called bootstrap.dat for exactly this purpose. This opstopping contains the entire blockchain up to a certain point ter time, which permits for rapid local importing of blocks into the desktop client database. Te order to use this trick, you will need to begin with a fresh dogecoin-qt example. This means you will need to delete any existing database files ter your Dogecoin directory. The Dogecoin directory is located at the following paths:
- Windows: C:\Users\YOUR_ACCOUNT\AppData\Wandering\Dogecoin
Once you’ve navigated to the directory, delete all files EXCEPT for wallet.dat and dogecoin.conf (if they exist). If you are loading an existing wallet, then copy your wallet.dat verkeersopstopping into the directory now. Be sure to always keep a backup of your wallet opstopping ter case of hard drive failure or gegevens corruption. If you are running the wallet for the very first time, you’ll need to create the directory, which obviously will be empty.
Go to the Dogechain download pagina and download the bootstrap.dat verkeersopstopping from one of the mirrors. The verkeersopstopping is overheen 900MB, so be ready to wait a little while. Note: The current verkeersopstopping is a little old but will help accelerate the blockchain syncing process nonetheless. The Dogechain webstek is working on a better distribution system for automatically updated bootstrap files.
Update: Someone has compiled a more up-to-date version of the bootstrap opstopping and made it available for download via Mediafire. I have not verified the integrity of the opstopping, so be careful using it.