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Lightweight Node

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Lightweight Node

A lightweight node contains only a partial list of a blockchain operation, which usually includes just the block headers, instead of its entire transaction history. Using a method known as SImplified Payment Verification (SPV), it only validates transactions included in a block without the need to download the whole blockchain. While lightweight nodes are easy to run and maintain, they will not function unless they are connected to a full node.

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