The bitcoin network currently has the most nodes in history. The operators of full nodes take care of the decentralization of BTC and their high number is therefore a positive message for the network.

Bitcoin recorded ATH in the number of active nodes

The total number of active BTC nodes at the time of cell preparation reaches 11,701 according to Bitnodes, exactly 11,525 according to CoinDance, which last updated its 2 hours ago. Bitcoiners, who are operators of their own nodes, are now the most in the entire history of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Core Update

A Bitcoin Core 0.21.0 software update was released on January 14th. Bitcoin Core (formerly Bitcoin-Qt) is a bitcoin client developed by Wladimir J. van der Laan based on the original Satoshi Nakamota reference code. This is by far the most popular implementation of the bitcoin protocol, with 98.5% of all nodes using the Bitcoin Core software version.

The latest version of Bitcoin Core includes new features, various bug fixes and performance improvements. Among other things, it introduces a way to create more predictable test networks and implements Taproot consensus rules without activating them in the core network.

Taproot

Bitcoin does not have marketing such as Ethereum, so too often changes are not talked about anywhere, but they take place. E.g. it is Taproot that is gradually to ensure greater privacy in bitcoin transactions, while the set conditions on the input will no longer be revealed on the output. In practice, this involves improving a number of interesting options for setting conditions for transactions, and upon completion, such a transaction should not differ from transactions without special conditions. In addition, this saves space…

All these changes take place using soft forks (fork with backward compatibility) to prevent possible politicking and to eliminate the possibility of network splitting, as in the case of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and others. Bitcoin developers then rely on activating the Taproot upgrade via Bitcoin Improvement Proposal 8 or Bitcoin Improvement Proposal 9 (abbreviated BIP8 and BIP9).

A large number of nodes is good for BTC

Already in Bitcoin’s White Paper, Satoshi Nakamoto stated that a large number of independently operated nodes are considered essential to the success of BTC. Thanks to the number of node operators, the bitcoin network is decentralized. @Thebitcoinrabbi followed on Twitter:

“If you’re a bitcoin HODLer who takes care of its own storage and runs a complete node, then you’re one of the world’s leading blockchain experts.”

Conclusion

Bitcoin enjoys the largest number of nodes in the history of the network. Interestingly, the number of channels in the payment network built on the second layer (outside the main blockchain of the cryptocurrency) Lightning Network (LN) is also reaching its maximum.