Bitcoin Difficulty Reversing -

Bitcoin difficulty change

Bitcoin Exchanges / August 6, 2017

The network difficulty is equal to the maximum allowed (least difficult) target divided by the current target; if you set your minimum target to x and it's still at x, then that would also be a relative difficulty of 1.

An easy way to confirm this is to look at the calculated difficulty for your genesis block (or block 1 if you got your genesis block from somewhere else).

bitcoin-cli getblockhash 0 bitcoin-cli getblock

If it also says difficulty is one, then you know difficulty hasn't changed since you started mining.

As an interesting side note, as of (I think) Bitcoin Core 0.11.0, Bitcoin's regtest supports "instant" block generation even though its official maximum target is much lower (more difficult). This means that it has difficulties far below 1:

$ bitcoin-cli -regtest getmininginfo { "blocks": 0, "currentblocksize": 0, "currentblocktx": 0, "difficulty": 4.06925e-10, "errors": "This is a pre-release test build - use at your own risk - do not use for mining or merchant applications", "genproclimit": -1, "networkhashps": 0, "pooledtx": 0, "testnet": false, "chain": "regtest", "generate": false }