bitcoin.conf Configuration File
The configuration file is used by
All command-line options (except for
-conf) may be specified in a configuration file,
and all configuration file options (except for
includeconf) may also be specified on the command line. Command-line
options override values set in the configuration file and configuration file options override values set in the GUI.
Changes to the configuration file while
bitcoin-qt is running only take effect after restarting.
Configuration File Format
The configuration file is a plain text file and consists of
option=value entries, one per line. Leading and trailing
whitespaces are removed.
In contrast to the command-line usage:
- an option must be specified without leading
- a value of the given option is mandatory; e.g.,
testnet=1(for chain selection options),
noconnect=1(for negated options).
Blank lines are allowed and ignored by the parser.
A comment starts with a number sign (
#) and extends to the end of the line. All comments are ignored by the parser.
Comments may appear in two ways:
- on their own on an otherwise empty line (preferable);
- after an
Network specific options
Network specific options can be:
- placed into sections with headers
- prefixed with a chain name; e.g.,
Network specific options take precedence over non-network specific options. If multiple values for the same option are found with the same precedence, the first one is generally chosen.
This means that given the following configuration,
regtest.rpcport is set to
regtest=1 rpcport=2000 regtest.rpcport=3000 [regtest] rpcport=4000
Configuration File Path
The configuration file is not automatically created; you can create it using your favorite text editor. By default,
the configuration file name is
bitcoin.conf and it is located in the Bitcoin data directory, but both the Bitcoin
data directory and the configuration file path may be changed using the
-conf command-line options.
includeconf=<file> option in the
bitcoin.conf file can be used to include additional configuration files.
Default configuration file locations
|Operating System||Data Directory||Example Path|
You can find an example bitcoin.conf file at share/examples/bitcoin.conf.