Bitcoin is on a roll in 2023, breaking records left and right. For instance, on May 2, at block height 787,895, the cryptocurrency’s hashrate soared to 491 exahash per second (EH/s). Moreover, on April 20, at block height 786,240, the difficulty hit a new high of 48.71 trillion. But that’s not the only thing that’s been skyrocketing this month. The number of daily transactions processed on the Bitcoin network has also hit an all-time high, with 682,281 transactions on May 1 and 671,668 confirmed transactions just nine days later.
Bitcoin’s Daily Transaction Count Smashes Records, Nearing 700,000 per Day
Bitcoin has been breaking records in 2023, with its hashrate and difficulty reaching new all-time highs. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the cryptocurrency. On May 7, more than 500,000 unconfirmed transactions caused chaos in the mempool, leading to skyrocketing fees.
While this was a lifetime, record-breaking number of unconfirmed transactions, the congestion has since eased, and today there are around 250,000 transactions waiting to be processed. It’s also no secret that Ordinal inscription activities have played a major role in causing much of the backlog.
Despite the drama caused by the transaction queue, the cryptocurrency network has managed to process an impressive number of transactions per day. May has been a particularly noteworthy month, with the network hitting an all-time high (ATH) for daily confirmed transactions on the very first day.
Number of confirmed transactions per day on May 1 through May 14, 2023 (pictured left) and April 6 through April 19, 2023 (pictured right) via ycharts.com.
A massive 682,281 transfers were confirmed on May 1, just one day before Bitcoin’s hashrate reached an ATH of 491 EH/s. From May 6 up until May 15, 2023, transactions per day have not been less than 500,000 and on May 10, miners confirmed 671,668 transactions.
Bitcoin is showing no signs of slowing down the number of daily confirmed transactions, with 631,677 transactions processed on May 14 alone. But with roughly 250,000 unconfirmed transactions still lingering in the mempool, fees are between $1.46 to $2.42 a transfer.
According to archived data collected by mempool.space, a high-priority transfer will set a sender back $2.42 per transaction, while a medium-priority transfer costs $1.96 and a low-priority transfer is $1.46 at the time of writing. Despite the high fees, the Bitcoin network is still chugging along, having processed 550,239 transactions so far on Monday, according to fork.lol statistics on May 15, 2023.