What are the current and projected future storage space requirements for running a Tezos mainnet node?

As I understand, garbage collection and zk-snarks could reduce the storage required in the future.

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As of today(2/18/2019), the chain size is ~95GB. The chain grows about .5GB per day so if we don't change anything, namely garbage collection, we'll need about 100GB upgrade about every 7 months.

But since garbage collection will be implemented soon, there will be choices of 3 separate modes: archive, full and rolling. These are their descriptions:

full nodes store all chain data since the beginning of the chain, but drop the archived contexts below the current checkpoint. In other words, you can still query any block or operation at any point in the chain, but you cannot query the balances or staking rights too far in the past.

rolling nodes are currently the most lightweight, only keeping a minimal rolling fragment of the chain and deleting everything before this fragment (blocks, operations and archived contexts).

archive nodes store everything. This corresponds to the current behaviour of Tezos nodes.

Essentially, your storage requirements will differ based on what mode you choose to run based on your individual needs. If you choose to run an archive mode, nothing will change and the chain will grow at the rate of what's currently on the mainnet branch. If you run at the new default mode full, according to Arthur, the storage will be at least 10 times smaller. But if you choose to run at rolling, your storage requirement will be much smaller as you don't store any of the context data.

To give you some perspective, given the 95GB total size now. The breakdown between real chain and context storage is 6GB and 85GB respectively. If these modes were used now, rolling mode would presumably be around 6GB and full would be about 15GB (6GB + 85GB * .10 or 8.5GB).

Note: You can get the size of chain and context from the following files:




My dedicated miner/machine has 8gb of ram and a 512 gb SSD. SSD could be less, but data is increasing about 0.5gb per day and I wanted enough space to not have to worry.

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    Can you please precise how much space context is taking for you ?
    – Ezy
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 13:00

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