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I want to download a more or less recent version of the Ethereum state trie and state database, i.e. some version from within the last 1000 or so blocks. I know that I could set up a full node and let it sync completely, but that takes quite some time (even in fast mode) and requires an SSD in order for syncing to finish. Also, I am not interested in block headers at all, but only the state trie and state database.

Since Geth's --syncmode fast option "downloads the transaction receipts along the blocks, and pulls an entire recent state database" (see here), is there a way to only get that recent snapshot state database without downloading everything else?

  • You can have a light node, as explained here – Hari GTT Psicolabis Aug 23 '18 at 12:30
  • Unfortunately that won't work because a light node does not download state data. See my previous question here. – hefeleal Aug 23 '18 at 13:03

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