From the Stellar Developer Guide:

Each week, the protocol distributes these lumens to any account that gets over .05% of the “votes” from other accounts in the network.

What day of the week (and at what time) do these inflation payouts occur?


Inflation occurs when both of the following conditions occur:

  • Someone (and it can be anyone) sends a transaction with inflation operation.
  • It's time to run inflation.

The inflation round is computed as number of weeks since July 1st, 2014. So users can run inflation for the current round and all the previous rounds (if inflation operation was not sent during the previous round).

If it's not time to run inflation the Stellar network will return INFLATION_NOT_TIME error.

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    this is incorrect - the inflation round is computed as number of weeks since july 1st 2014. so in theory you can run inflation twice in a row if for some reason the network is "behind" its inflation target Jan 17 '18 at 20:38
  • Updated the answer. Jan 17 '18 at 21:06
  • This still doesn't answer the question. What day/time is inflation currently running at? It's Monday, but not sure what time. It doesn't ask when it's valid to be generated, but when is it currently generated.
    – Zach
    Jan 19 '18 at 20:08
  • @Zach it happens when: "Someone (and it can be anyone) sends a transaction with inflation operation." So the day and hour is unknown but usually someone submits it as soon as it's possible. Jan 19 '18 at 20:51
  • Are we able to confirm this is UTC time? I know most dates are unix timestamped, but if I wanted a CRON expression to capture the coming week's inflation transaction would i start looking at roughly 00:00:00 UTC on Tuesdays? (or slightly before) I'm wanting to run a stream that awaits the transaction but I want to minimize the uptime.
    – Jarret
    Jan 23 '18 at 23:30

It depends on when somebody initiates it. From the same page you linked to:

Inflation is run in response to an inflation operation that anyone can submit to the network. This operation will fail if the inflation sequence number isn’t one after the last sequence number. It will also fail if (sequence number * 1 week) of time hasn’t elapsed since the network start date.


12am UTC on Tuesdays every week.

The other answers tell you how it works, but I felt it necessary to answer the actual question, of "What day of the week" by actually looking historically.

To properly answer your question, I had to do some digging in my related question: How can I determine when the last inflation was distributed?

I've gone back multiple inflation periods in the past couple months and they all have paid out at 12am UTC Tuesdays. For those in the US, that's Monday evening.

As of posting, the most recent inflation operations:




You'll notice that they've all been submitted by the same wallet, so it's safe to assume that the day/time will stay consistent for the foreseeable future.

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