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On Linux or Mac on a non standard architecture, and can't get GNU Readline installed?

Disable it with cmake .. -DFORCE_READLINE=FALSE


  • You will need the following packages: boost (1.55 or higher), rocksdb, cmake, git, gcc (4.9 or higher), g++ (4.9 or higher), make, GNU readline, and python. Most of these should already be installed on your system.
  • For example on Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install -y build-essential python-dev gcc g++ git cmake libboost-all-dev librocksdb-dev libreadline-dev
  • If you are using Ubuntu and your version of Ubuntu doesn't have librocksdb-dev, you can get it from a ppa instead:
  • git clone
  • cd athena
  • mkdir build && cd $_
  • cmake ..
  • make


  • Install cmake. See here if you are unable call cmake from the terminal after installing.
  • Install the boost libraries. Either compile boost manually or run brew install boost.
  • Install GNU Readline by running brew install readline; brew link --force readline. - Make sure you run this full command, or it will link the wrong version of readline
  • Install XCode and Developer Tools.
  • git clone
  • cd athena
  • mkdir build && cd $_
  • cmake .. or cmake -DBOOST_ROOT=<path_to_boost_install> .. when building from a specific boost install. If you used brew to install boost, your path is most likely /usr/local/include/boost.
  • make

The binaries will be in ./src after compilation is complete.

Run ./src/athena to connect to the network and let it sync (it may take a while).

Windows 10

  • Install Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition
  • When installing Visual Studio, it is required that you install Desktop development with C++ and the VC++ v140 toolchain when selecting features. The option to install the v140 toolchain can be found by expanding the "Desktop development with C++" node on the right. You will need this for the project to build correctly.
  • Install Boost 1.59.0, ensuring you download the installer for MSVC 14.
  • From the start menu, open 'x64 Native Tools Command Prompt for vs2017'.
  • cd <your_athena_directory>
  • mkdir build
  • cd build
  • Set the PATH variable for cmake: ie. set PATH="C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\Common7\IDE\CommonExtensions\Microsoft\CMake\CMake\bin";%PATH%
  • cmake -G "Visual Studio 14 Win64" .. -DBOOST_ROOT=C:/local/boost_1_59_0 (Or your boost installed dir.)
  • MSBuild Athena.sln /p:Configuration=Release /m
  • If all went well, it will complete successfully, and you will find all your binaries in the '..\build\src\Release' directory.
  • Additionally, a .sln file will have been created in the build directory. If you wish to open the project in Visual Studio with this, you can.


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Hi Athena contributor, thanks for forking and sending back Pull Requests. Extensive docs about contributing are in the works or elsewhere. For now this is the bit we need to get into all the files we touch. Please add it to the top of the files.

// Copyright (c) 2012-2017, The CryptoNote developers, The Bytecoin developers
// Copyright (c) 2014-2018, The Monero Project
// Copyright (c) 2018, The TurtleCoin Developers
// Copyright (c) 2018, The Athena Developers
// Please see the included LICENSE file for more information.
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