Bitcoin Core 0.10.4
Bitcoin Core version 0.10.4 is now available from:
This is a new minor version release, bringing bug fixes, the BIP65 (CLTV) consensus change, and relay policy preparation for BIP113. It is recommended to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.
Please report bugs using the issue tracker at github:
Upgrading and downgrading
How to Upgrade
If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the installer (on Windows) or just copy over /Applications/Bitcoin-Qt (on Mac) or bitcoind/bitcoin-qt (on Linux).
Because release 0.10.0 and later makes use of headers-first synchronization and parallel block download (see further), the block files and databases are not backwards-compatible with pre-0.10 versions of Bitcoin Core or other software:
Blocks will be stored on disk out of order (in the order they are received, really), which makes it incompatible with some tools or other programs. Reindexing using earlier versions will also not work anymore as a result of this.
The block index database will now hold headers for which no block is stored on disk, which earlier versions won't support.
If you want to be able to downgrade smoothly, make a backup of your entire data directory. Without this your node will need start syncing (or importing from bootstrap.dat) anew afterwards. It is possible that the data from a completely synchronised 0.10 node may be usable in older versions as-is, but this is not supported and may break as soon as the older version attempts to reindex.
This does not affect wallet forward or backward compatibility. There are no known problems when downgrading from 0.11.x to 0.10.x.
Notable changes since 0.10.3
BIP65 soft fork to enforce OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY opcode
This release includes several changes related to the BIP65 soft fork which redefines the existing OP_NOP2 opcode as OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (CLTV) so that a transaction output can be made unspendable until a specified point in the future.
This release will only relay and mine transactions spending a CLTV output if they comply with the BIP65 rules as provided in code.
This release will produce version 4 blocks by default. Please see the notice to miners below.
Once 951 out of a sequence of 1,001 blocks on the local node's best block chain contain version 4 (or higher) blocks, this release will no longer accept new version 3 blocks and it will only accept version 4 blocks if they comply with the BIP65 rules for CLTV.
For more information about the soft-forking change, please see https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6351
Graphs showing the progress towards block version 4 adoption may be found at the URLs below:
Block versions over the last 50,000 blocks as progress towards BIP65 consensus enforcement: http://bitcoin.sipa.be/ver-50k.png
Block versions over the last 2,000 blocks showing the days to the earliest possible BIP65 consensus-enforced block: http://bitcoin.sipa.be/ver-2k.png
Notice to miners: Bitcoin Core’s block templates are now for version 4 blocks only, and any mining software relying on its getblocktemplate must be updated in parallel to use libblkmaker either version FIXME or any version from FIXME onward.
If you are solo mining, this will affect you the moment you upgrade Bitcoin Core, which must be done prior to BIP65 achieving its 951/1001 status.
If you are mining with the stratum mining protocol: this does not affect you.
If you are mining with the getblocktemplate protocol to a pool: this will affect you at the pool operator’s discretion, which must be no later than BIP65 achieving its 951/1001 status.
Windows bug fix for corrupted UTXO database on unclean shutdowns
Several Windows users reported that they often need to reindex the entire blockchain after an unclean shutdown of Bitcoin Core on Windows (or an unclean shutdown of Windows itself). Although unclean shutdowns remain unsafe, this release no longer relies on memory-mapped files for the UTXO database, which significantly reduced the frequency of unclean shutdowns leading to required reindexes during testing.
For more information, see: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6917
Other fixes for database corruption on Windows are expected in the next major release.
0.10.4 Change log
Detailed release notes follow. This overview includes changes that affect behavior, not code moves, refactors and string updates. For convenience in locating the code changes and accompanying discussion, both the pull request and git merge commit are mentioned.
8b3311falias -h for --help
97546fcChange URLs to https in debian/control
38671bfUpdate debian/changelog and slight tweak to debian/control
256321eCorrect spelling mistakes in doc folder
eae0350Clarification of unit test build instructions
90897abUpdate bluematt-key, the old one is long-since revoked
a2f2fb6build: disable -Wself-assign
cf67d8bBugfix: Allow mining on top of old tip blocks for testnet (fixes testnet-in-a-box use case)
b3964e3Drop "with minimal dependencies" from description
43c2789Split bitcoin-tx into its own package
dfe0d4dInclude bitcoin-tx binary on Debian/Ubuntu
612efe8[Qt] Raise debug window when requested
3ad96bdFix locking in GetTransaction
9c81005Fix spelling of Qt
5dc72f8CLTV: Add more tests to improve coverage
6a1343bAdd RPC tests for the CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (BIP65) soft-fork
4137248Add CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (BIP65) soft-fork logic
0e01d0fEnable CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY as a standard script verify flag
6d01325Replace NOP2 with CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (BIP65)
750d54fMove LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD to src/script/script.h
6897468Make CScriptNum() take nMaxNumSize as an argument
5297194Set TCP_NODELAY on P2P sockets
fb818b6Bring historical release notes up to date
0b3fd07build: make sure OpenSSL heeds noexecstack
Thanks to everyone who directly contributed to this release:
- Alex Morcos
- Daniel Cousens
- Diego Viola
- Eric Lombrozo
- Esteban Ordano
- Gregory Maxwell
- Luke Dashjr
- Matt Corallo
- Mitchell Cash
- Peter Todd
- Pieter Wuille
- Wladimir J. van der Laan
- Zak Wilcox
And those who contributed additional code review and/or security research.
As well as everyone that helped translating on Transifex.