March 10th 2014
We were asked recently how many downloads there had been of MultiBit since its inception back in April 2011. To answer this Jim went off into the website download stats archive (and various Tweets of important milestones) and discovered that MultiBit has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.
In the very early days MultiBit was only used by the Bitcoinj mailing list. We don't have records from then so Jim put the downloads to be 'tiny'. They were probably less than a 100 a month. We also uncovered the first reference to MultiBit from that archive.
The Bitcoin booms of April 2013 and November 2013 show up quite clearly. The big bump in late 2013 was caused by MultiBit becoming the recommended desktop client on bitcoin.org.
The figures have been adjusted down to take into account various DoS attacks and are based on the overall bandwidth attributed to the various installers rather than an arbitrary hit count which is quite misleading.
Currently the MultiBit development team are working hard on the next version of MultiBit (called MultiBit HD) which is targeted for mainstream Bitcoin users across the world. It will be fascinating to see what this chart looks like in 12 months time.
As Bitcoiners we should all remember that the effort that we are putting in does make a difference. Some of us are developers, others designers, accountants, lawyers, journalists, merchants and so on.
Working together we are changing the world.
Here are the supporting numbers
|Apr to Oct 2011||tiny|
|(incomplete) Mar 2014||53,200|