Stellar Nodes: Watcher or Validator

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There are two types of nodes in the Stellar network – a watcher node and a validator node.

A watcher node is a node that submits transactions to the network. This is similar to a bitcoin node that broadcasts transactions in the bitcoin network.

A validator node participates in the voting process to close a ledger. It is similar to a bitcoin miner that creates new blocks.

 

You can choose which type you would like your node to be when subscribing 

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