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Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Satoshi Nakamoto
Distributed under the MIT/X11 software license, see the accompanying
file license.txt or
This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in
the OpenSSL Toolkit ( This product includes
cryptographic software written by Eric Young ( and UPnP
software written by Thomas Bernard.
To Build
make -f makefile.unix # Bitcoin with wxWidgets GUI
make -f makefile.unix bitcoind # Headless bitcoin
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev
sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
sudo apt-get install libdb4.7-dev
sudo apt-get install libdb4.7++-dev
Boost 1.40+: sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev
or Boost 1.37: sudo apt-get install libboost1.37-dev
If using Boost 1.37, append -mt to the boost libraries in the makefile.
Requires wxWidgets 2.9.0 or greater, which uses UTF-8. Don't try 2.8, it
won't work.
You need to download wxWidgets from
and build it yourself. See the build instructions and configure parameters
Requires miniupnpc for UPnP port mapping. To compile with UPnP support,
install miniupnpc and compile after setting USE_UPNP. It can be downloaded
Licenses of statically linked libraries:
wxWidgets LGPL 2.1 with very liberal exceptions
Berkeley DB New BSD license with additional requirement that linked software must be free open source
Boost MIT-like license
miniupnpc New (3-clause) BSD license
Versions used in this release:
GCC 4.3.3
OpenSSL 0.9.8g
wxWidgets 2.9.0
Berkeley DB 4.7.25.NC
Boost 1.37
miniupnpc 1.5
The UI layout is edited with wxFormBuilder. The project file is
uiproject.fbp. It generates uibase.cpp and uibase.h, which define base
classes that do the rote work of constructing all the UI elements.
The release is built with GCC and then "strip bitcoin" to strip the debug
symbols, which reduces the executable size by about 90%.
cd /usr/local
tar -xzvf wxWidgets-2.9.0.tar.gz
cd wxWidgets-2.9.0
mkdir buildgtk
cd buildgtk
../configure --with-gtk --enable-debug --disable-shared --enable-monolithic
sudo su
make install
tar -xzvf miniupnpc-1.5.tar.gz
cd miniupnpc-1.5
sudo su
make install
Berkeley DB
You need Berkeley DB 4.7. Don't use 4.8, the database/log0000* files
are incompatible. If you have to build Berkeley DB yourself:
../dist/configure --enable-cxx
If you need to build Boost yourself:
sudo su
./bjam install
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