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Bitcoin’s node count has reached an all-time high, with over half of the nodes operating on Tor.
For the first time, the number of accessible Bitcoin network nodes has surpassed 13,000 for the first time. The previous all-time high, as previously reported by Cointelegraph, was 11,613 set in January.
This milestone was attained on July 5, according to data from the Bitcoin network monitoring dashboard Bitnodes.io, when the number of accessible nodes hit 13,374. The current network node count, according to Bitnodes statistics, is around 12,835.
Coin.Dance, another tracking website, also has Bitcoin’s node count at a new all-time high of 12,825. Nodes running the Bitcoin Core software make up 98.77% of the number, with the remaining scattered across less popular implementations like Bitcore and Bitcoin Knots.
Bitcoin Core 0.21.1, which was published in May with a Taproot activation code, is presently the most widely used version of the software among entities running accessible nodes, with almost 5,000 nodes (according to Coin.Dance). According to Bitnodes data, the number is 5,125, or 40% of the overall network node count.
According to Bitnodes statistics, over half of the network node count is running on Tor. Only roughly a quarter of all accessible nodes were running on the secret network Tor in January. Running a client like Bitcoin Core over Tor adds an extra degree of anonymity by masking the IP addresses of connected nodes.
The network node count has risen by 2,739 nodes in the last year, according to Bitnodes statistics, supporting Bitcoin’s decentralised ethos.
The increase in network node count corresponds to the present expansion of the Lightning Network ecosystem, where capacity has increased by more than 70% in less than six months.
Earlier in July, public Lightning Network capacity crossed 1,800 Bitcoin (BTC) after adding 100 BTC in less than a week. Data from Lightning Network statistics tracker Bitcoin Visuals puts the number of LN nodes at above 12,800, which is also an all-time high value.