Ubuntu & Debian build guide
Updated for Ubuntu 19.04 and Debian Buster (10). If you run an older version,
please see section below,
about obtaining the required version of
Minimal build requirements
sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake git libboost-chrono-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-thread-dev libevent-dev libminiupnpc-dev libssl-dev libzmq3-dev help2man ninja-build python3
You can do without the
packages, then you just need to respectively pass
-DENABLE_MAN=OFF on the
cmake command line.
BerkeleyDB 5.3 or later is required for the wallet. This can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install libdb-dev libdb++-dev
If you want to build the GUI client
bitcoin-qt Qt 5 is necessary.
To build with Qt 5 you need the following packages installed:
sudo apt-get install libqrencode-dev libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler qttools5-dev
You can do without the
libqrencode package, just pass
on the cmake command line.
Once you have installed the required dependencies (see sections above), you can build Bitcoin Cash Node as such:
First fetch the code (if you haven't done so already).
git clone https://gitlab.com/bitcoin-cash-node/bitcoin-cash-node.git
Change to the BCN directory, make
build dir, and change to that directory
cd bitcoin-cash-node/ mkdir build cd build
Next you need to choose between building just the node, the node with wallet support, or the node and the QT client.
# to build just the node, no wallet functionality, choose this: cmake -GNinja .. -DBUILD_BITCOIN_WALLET=OFF -DBUILD_BITCOIN_QT=OFF
# to build the node, with wallet functionality, but without GUI, choose this: cmake -GNinja .. -DBUILD_BITCOIN_QT=OFF
# to build node and QT GUI client, choose this: cmake -GNinja ..
Next, finish the build
You will find the
bitcoin-tx (and optionally
bitcoin-qt) binaries in
Optionally, run the tests
ninja check # recommended
After a successful test you can install the newly built binaries to your
Note that this will probably overwrite any previous version installed, including
binaries from different sources.
sudo ninja install #optional
Getting a newer cmake on older OS
On versions prior to Ubuntu 19.04 and Debian 10, the
cmake package is too old
and needs to be installed from the Kitware APT repository:
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates gnupg software-properties-common wget wget -O - https://apt.kitware.com/keys/kitware-archive-latest.asc 2>/dev/null | sudo apt-key add -
Add the repository corresponding to your version (see instructions from Kitware). For Ubuntu Bionic (18.04):
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://apt.kitware.com/ubuntu/ bionic main'
Then update the package list and install
sudo apt update sudo apt install cmake