Avalanche Snapshots

Avalanche is a decentralized platform that allows developers to build decentralized applications (dApps) in a highly scalable and interoperable ecosystem. It is an open-source platform that offers near-instant transaction finality, making it suitable for global finance. Avalanche stands out with its powerful consensus mechanism, which enables it to handle the scale and demands of the financial industry.

By leveraging Avalanche's consensus mechanism, which is based on a novel consensus algorithm called Avalanche consensus, the platform achieves high scalability and low latency. This makes it suitable for a wide range of use cases, including decentralized finance (DeFi), gaming, and supply chain management, among others.

Avalanche mainnet Snapshot

Creation Date
Last Updated
Block Number44350021
Pruning modePruned
Download Avalanche mainnet Snapshot

How to use

Download the snapshot

wget https://snapshots.bwarelabs.com/avalanche/mainnet/avalanche20240418.tar.lz4

If Avalanche was already on your machine, stop your Avalanche service

sudo systemctl stop avalanche.service

OR container


AND make sure there is no process running that might try to write to the database

ps -ef | grep avalanche-node

Make sure your avalanche data directory is clean (let us assume <AVALANCHE_HOME> is your root Avalanche directory)

rm -rf <AVALANCHE_HOME>/data/*

Make sure you have lz4 installed

sudo apt-get install lz4

Decompress the archive

lz4 -c -d avalanche20240418.tar.lz4 | tar -x -C <AVALANCHE_HOME>/db/mainnet/

Start the Avalanche service OR container!

What is Avalanche snapshot?

Our Avalanche snapshot can be particularly valuable when syncing a new node to the mainnet network. Instead of downloading and validating the entire blockchain from scratch, a new node can use a snapshot to quickly synchronize within the network.

Why use our Avalanche snapshot?

Using our snapshots during the setup of full Avalanche chain nodes can significantly speed up the syncing process by skipping the validation of all data. This can greatly enhance the speed of the setup. Instead of syncing from scratch with other nodes, you can utilize our Avalanche snapshot to sync faster.

What is the block number of Avalanche Snapshot?

A node snapshot is a snapshot of the blockchain at a specific point in time, and it includes data and state of the blockchain up until that block number. The block number determines the specific point in the blockchain's history that the snapshot represents.

The current block number of Avalanche mainnet snapshot is 44350021

How often is the Avalanche snapshot updated?

Regular updates are made to ensure accurate and up-to-date information. The frequency of the updates depends on the specific data being captured. We regularly update our snapshots to reflect the most recent and accurate state of the Avalanche chain.

The most recent update to the Avalanche mainnet was on

How long does it take to restore a node using Avalanche Snapshot?

The time it takes to restore a node using a snapshot can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the snapshot file and the performance of the underlying hardware. In general, the process involves transferring the snapshot data to the node's storage and then initializing the node from that snapshot. For smaller snapshots, the restoration process can be relatively quick and may take just a few minutes. However, for larger snapshots or in cases where the network or storage infrastructure is slower, the restoration process can take longer, potentially several hours.

The Avalanche mainnet size is 1.2T.

What does it mean if a snapshot is pruned?

The pruning of a node snapshot refers to the process of removing unnecessary data from the blockchain database to optimize storage space while keeping the integrity of the data. Pruning allows nodes to store only the most essential information needed for the blockchain's operation while discarding older and less relevant data.

The Avalanche mainnet snapshot is pruned.

What is the main difference between pruned and archival nodes?

Pruned and archival node snapshots are two different approaches to storing blockchain data in a more efficient manner. Pruned node snapshots prioritize storage efficiency by discarding older transaction data, while archival node snapshots prioritize preserving the complete blockchain state.

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