Bitcoin Overtakes Ethereum in Node Numbers

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Meaning that the best way to increase node numbers is probably by increasing the ecosystem as bitcoin’s node stats show. Bitcoin has overtaken ethereum in node numbers for the first time since at least 2016 with bitcoin currently having 10,266 nodes while the highest number for eth is 10,078. That seems to be counting a small number of BCH clients, with about 4,000 bitcoin nodes upgraded to the latest version of 0.17+. There used to be some 30,000 public eth nodes and even during summer 2018 there were some 16,000. The reason for what appears to be an increase in bitcoin nodes may well be because the community there has also grown considerably since 2015-16.

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Bitcoin has overtaken ethereum in node numbers for the first time since at least 2016 with bitcoin currently having 10,266 nodes while the highest number for eth is 10,078. Etherscan, however, counts only 7,857 eth nodes.

There used to be some 30,000 public eth nodes and even during summer 2018 there were some 16,000. Now that’s halved again to just about 8,000.

That may be because previously you kind of had to run a node if you wanted an eth wallet. Now there’s plenty of SPV wallets for ethereans to choose from.

It may also be because you sort of needed a node to play with smart contracts and so on, while now you can just tap Infura, which handles billions of node related requests.

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