This is my first question (on any StackExchange), so sorry if it's 'stupid' or already answered somewhere else.

I've just downloaded the beta GUI wallet (MacOS) and it is now 'sychronizing blocks' (with a progress bar in the bottom left corner) but it seems to be doing so incredibly slowly. How long would you expect this to take (HDD, 8GB RAM)?

Is it downloading the entire blockchain? If so, does that have to be done? I'm comparing it to Electrum for bitcoin which works without having to download the entire blockchain.

I'm happy to download the blockchain if that's required, I guess I just want to know if its necessary and whether my slow synchronizing is betraying a different problem.


  • I have the same problem my monero gui wallet will take 24 hours to finish synchronizing then when im done on the computer and shut it down the next time i open my monero gui wallet it has synchronize all over again. So thats normal? Every time you open your my monero gui wallet it has to re-download the blockchain every single time you open the wallet? Thats crazy! Is there a better desktop monero wallet that is more like electrum or exodus? Please someone let me know?! – Jason Aug 25 '17 at 18:38

It is significantly slower with an HDD compared to an SSD. Bandwith is also a significant factor.

Yes, if you clicked on the defaults, then you are downloading the entire blockchain. See this exchange for details on the necessity, and this one for light clients (like Electrum).

A very vague approximation would be 24h ( ~80% margin of error :) ). Currently, the blockchain size is ~10GB.

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