Pruning the execution client to free up disk space
Execution clients (formerly known as eth1 nodes) grow quickly. Run this process to prune the blockchain and free up space.

The following steps align with our mainnet guide. You may need to adjust file names and directory locations where appropriate. The core concepts remain the same.

  • Free up gigs of precious disk space. Typically 200gb or more is common.

  • Works with geth currently. Erigon and Besu prune automatically.
  • Ensure at least 50+ GB of free disk space is available otherwise database corruption may occur.

Ensure adequate failover or backup execution clients are configured for use with your beacon-chain node before proceeding. geth is offline and unavailable during this process.
1. Note how much disk space is currently used and stop the execution client
sudo service eth1 stop
2. Start the pruning process and monitor it's process.
Geth pruning Caveats:
  • Pruning can take a few hours or longer (typically 2 to 10 hours is common) depending on your node's disk performance.
  • There are three stages to pruning: iterating state snapshot, pruning state data and compacting database.
  • "Compacting database" will stop updating status and appear hung. Do not interrupt or restart this process. Typically after an hour, pruning status messages will reappear.
/usr/bin/geth snapshot prune-state --datadir $HOME/.ethereum
3. Once the pruning is finished, restart the execution client service.
sudo service eth1 restart
4. Compare the disk space of the node after pruning.
Nice work. Enjoy the extra disk breathing room.

Congrats on completing the guide. ✨
Did you find our guide useful? Send us a signal with a tip and we'll keep updating it.
It really energizes us to keep creating the best crypto guides.
Use cointr.ee to find our donation addresses. 🙏
Any feedback and all pull requests much appreciated. 🌛
Copy link
Edit on GitHub
On this page
Quick steps guide
Why do I want to prune my execution client?
How to prune execution client
Start staking by building a validator
Visit here for our Mainnet guide