I'm a Linux newbie and I don't know where monerod is storing the blockchain.

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The blockchain is stored in $HOME/.bitmonero

For testnet, it'll be in $HOME/.bitmonero/testnet

You can select a different directory with the --data-dir option if needed, eg:

./monerod --data-dir /var/tmp/monero

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    $HOME/.bitmonero is another way of writing: /home/yourUserName/.bitmonero Note that the period in front of bitmonero means that it is a hidden directory. If you're in the terminal, type this to see all directories, including the hidden ones: ls -lha The actual database is: $HOME/.bitmonero/lmdb/data.mdb Feb 28, 2017 at 20:48
  • Is there an environmental variable that can also set the --data-dir if --data-dir is not passed?
    – skaht
    Feb 28, 2017 at 22:52
  • If you mean setting an environment variable, and have the code use this instead of --data-dir, then no.
    – user36303
    Mar 1, 2017 at 9:20

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