I am a beginner interested in trading and mining the Monero Cryptocurrency. I am using an Arch based Linux distribution and I have downloaded the monero-gui package from the Arch package repository to use for trading Monero. I chose the advanced option when creating a wallet and began syncing the blockchain. The blockchain began syncing very fast initially, but continually slows as it syncs. At the moment it has been syncing for one day and looks like it will take at least a few more days to finish syncing.

My internet speed is solid, but it is currently downloading at about 4 kb/s according to the log. My CPU usage is very low, about 2%, and memory usage is 2 out of 8 gigabytes while the daemon is running.

Is this normal? Here it says that downloading the raw blockchain from getmonero.org is much slower than syncing it with the dameon, but the dameon is looking to take at least 4 days to download while downloading it from getmonero took only 10 hours.

When researching this issue, it seems like most of the posts complaining about a slow blockchain sync are from at least four years ago, so I am not sure if they are still relevant.

Here is the output from the log in case it is helpful.

2021-06-08 15:00:01.172 I Monero 'Oxygen Orion' (v0.17.2.0-release)
Error: Couldn't connect to daemon:
[6/8/21 11:00 AM] 2021-06-08 15:00:40.413 I Monero 'Oxygen Orion' (v0.17.2.0-release)
Height: 1529589, target: 2378781 (64.3014%)
Downloading at 4 kB/s
Next needed pruning seed: 7
4 peers 8ca421ea1bf0df7b normal 0 1529589 1 kB/s, 0 blocks / 0 MB queued ca9e6ed33703df47 synchronizing 0 2378781 1 kB/s, 0 blocks / 0 MB queued 913a119dcb7c49b5 normal 0 1529589 1 kB/s, 0 blocks / 0 MB queued 035c429daa3a78f5 normal 0 1529589 1 kB/s, 0 blocks / 0 MB queued
0 spans, 0 MB



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When using the daemon, it is downloading and simultaneously verifying that it has not been tampered with so that decreases speed.

It also slows down because over time monero block sizes get bigger and bigger due the larger amount of transactions due to monero's popularity growing.

  • Thank you for your answer. Do you know how long I should expect an initial sync to take?
    – Nick
    Jun 9, 2021 at 21:36
  • @Nick Probably around 1 day to 3 days.
    – user12313
    Jun 10, 2021 at 15:49
  • Using a SSD is a massive boost to sync speed. You can sync from scratch in under half a day with a SSD.
    – user36303
    Jun 10, 2021 at 16:14
  • DavidRoobox, @user36303, thank you. I had a rotating disk drive and the sync crashed after 5 days leaving the database corrupted. I have obtained a speedy SSD and will be trying it today hoping for better results.
    – Nick
    Jun 13, 2021 at 19:59
  • @Nick does it work now?
    – user12313
    Jun 19, 2021 at 20:28

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