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Start accepting Bitcoin today with BTCPayServer! This guide will walk you through the installation.

One-click deployment

For the easiest and fastest setup, host BTCPayServer on Microsoft Azure:

Deploy to Azure

You can log into Azure with your Microsoft account.

Final installation steps:

  • Fill in the options: Resource Group
  • Click 'Purchase' to confirm
  • (Wait for deployment)
  • View the deployment (in Notifications or Resource Groups)
  • Verify you can connect to your instance with a browser: https://SERVER-AZURE-DNS/
  • At your domain registrar, make sure you have DNS pointing your domain at your Azure deployment's IP.
  • Browse to https://SERVER-AZURE-DNS/
  • Register a new account (this account will be granted server administrator rights)
  • Go to https://SERVER-AZURE-DNS/server/maintenance
  • Enter your domain name and click on confirm
  • (Wait 1 to 5 minutes)

That's it, you can now browse to https://btcpay.YOUR-DOMAIN/ to create your store!

For advanced users, you can connect via SSH with information on https://btcpay.YOUR-DOMAIN/server/services/ssh, then you can:

  • Run docker ps and docker logs xxx to view running processes
  • Run btcpay-down.sh and btcpay-up.sh to stop and start the BTCPayServer

This video by Nicolas also demonstrates the above steps:

BTCPay - One Click Setup

Approximate Cost (unpruned, Bitcoin-only): 60 USD per month

After all your nodes have synced and you've confirmed everything works, follow this guide to fine-tune for savings; costs should drop to 30 or 40 USD per month.

Architecture

Architecture

As you can see, BTCPay depends on several pieces of infrastructure, mainly:

  • A lightweight block explorer (NBXplorer),
  • A database (PostgreSQL or SQLite),
  • A full node (eg. Bitcoin Core)

There can be more dependencies if you support more than just standard Bitcoin transactions, including:

Note: The setup process can be time consuming, but is heavily automated to make it a fun and easy experience.

Full installation (for technical users)

You can also install BTCPayServer on your own machine or VPS instance.

The officially supported setup is driven by Docker (and Docker-Compose).

First, make sure you have a domain name pointing to your host (CNAME), with ports 443 and 80 externally accessible (and perhaps additional ports like 9735 and 9736 for Bitcoin and Litecoin lightning). Otherwise, you will have to set it manually by running changedomain.sh.

Let's assume it is btcpay.EXAMPLE.com.

If you want to support Litecoin, Bitcoin, and C-Lightning, and want HTTPS automatically configured by Nginx:

# Login as root
sudo su -

# Create a folder for BTCPay
mkdir BTCPayServer
cd BTCPayServer

# Clone this repository
git clone https://github.com/btcpayserver/btcpayserver-docker
cd btcpayserver-docker

# Run btcpay-setup.sh with the right parameters
export BTCPAY_HOST="btcpay.EXAMPLE.com"
export NBITCOIN_NETWORK="mainnet"
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO1="btc"
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO2="ltc"
export BTCPAYGEN_REVERSEPROXY="nginx"
export BTCPAYGEN_LIGHTNING="clightning"
. ./btcpay-setup.sh -i

exit

btcpay-setup.sh will then:

  • Install Docker
  • Install Docker-Compose
  • Make sure BTCPay starts at reboot via upstart or systemd
  • Setup environment variables to use BTCPay utilities
  • Add BTCPay utilities in /usr/bin
  • Start BTCPay

You can read the article for step by step instructions.

Docker automated build

Environment variables

btcpay-setup.sh will use the following environment variables:

  • BTCPAY_HOST: The hostname of your website (eg. btcpay.example.com)
  • NBITCOIN_NETWORK: The type of network to use (eg. mainnet, testnet, or regtest. Default: mainnet)
  • LIGHTNING_ALIAS: An alias for your lightning network node, if used
  • BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO1: First supported crypto currency (eg. btc, ltc. Default: btc)
  • BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO2: Second supported crypto currency (eg. btc, ltc. Default: (empty))
  • BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTON: N'th supported crypto currency where N is 9 at maximum. (eg. btc, ltc. Default: (empty))
  • BTCPAYGEN_REVERSEPROXY: Specify reverse proxy to use; NGinx has HTTPS support. (eg. nginx, traefik, (empty). Default: nginx)
  • BTCPAYGEN_LIGHTNING: Lightning network implementation to use (eg. clightning, (empty))
  • BTCPAYGEN_SUBNAME: The subname of the generated docker-compose file, where the full name is Generated/docker-compose.SUBNAME.yml (Default: generated)
  • BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS: Semicolon-separated list of additional fragments you want to use (eg. opt-save-storage)
  • LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL: An email will be sent to this address if certificate expires and fails to renew automatically (eg. me@example.com)
  • ACME_CA_URI: The API endpoint to ask for HTTPS certificate (Default: https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory)
  • BTCPAY_HOST_SSHKEYFILE: Optional, SSH private key that BTCPay can use to connect to this VM's SSH server. This key will be copied to BTCPay's data directory
  • BTCPAY_SSHTRUSTEDFINGERPRINTS: Optional, BTCPay will ensure that it is connecting to the expected SSH server by checking the host's public key against these fingerprints
  • BTCPAYGEN_DOCKER_IMAGE: Optional, Specify which generator image to use if you have customized the C# generator. Set to btcpayserver/docker-compose-generator:local to build the generator locally at runtime.
  • BTCPAY_IMAGE: Optional, Specify which btcpayserver image to use if you have a customized btcpayserver.

Additionally, there are specific environment variables for some addons:

  • LIBREPATRON_HOST: If libre patron is activated with opt-add-librepatron, the hostname of your libre patron website (eg. librepatron.example.com)
  • WOOCOMMERCE_HOST: If woocommerce is activated with opt-add-woocommerce, the hostname of your woocommerce website (eg. store.example.com)

Tooling

A wide variety of useful scripts are available once BTCPay is installed:

  • bitcoin-cli.sh: Access your Bitcoin node instance (for RPC)
  • bitcoin-lightning-cli.sh: Access your C-Lightning node instance (for RPC)
  • changedomain.sh: Change the domain of your BTCPayServer
  • btcpay-update.sh: Update BTCPayServer to the latest version
  • btcpay-up.sh: Run docker-compose up
  • btcpay-down.sh: Run docker-compose down
  • btcpay-setup.sh: Change the settings of your server
  • . ./btcpay-setup.sh: Information about additional parameters
  • . ./btcpay-setup.sh -i: Set up your BTCPayServer

Under the hood

Generated docker-compose

When you run btcpay-setup.sh, your environment variables are used by build.sh (or build.ps1) to generate a docker-compose adapted for your needs. For the full list of options, see: Environment variables

By default, the generated file is Generated/docker-compose.generated.yml, constructed from the relevant Docker fragments for your setup.

Available BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS currently are:

You can also create your own custom fragments.

If you want to add an option to BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS and re-configure your install:

export BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS="$BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS;opt-lnd-autopilot"
. btcpay-setup.sh -i

For example, if you want btc and ltc support with nginx and clightning inside Generated/docker-compose.custom.yml:

Note: The first run might take a while, but following runs are instantaneous.

On Windows (run in powershell):

Invoke-Command {
    $BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO1="btc"
    $BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO2="ltc"
    $BTCPAYGEN_REVERSEPROXY="nginx"
    $BTCPAYGEN_LIGHTNING="clightning"
    $BTCPAYGEN_SUBNAME="custom"
    . .\build.ps1
}

On Linux:

BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO1="btc" \
BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO2="ltc" \
BTCPAYGEN_REVERSEPROXY="nginx" \
BTCPAYGEN_LIGHTNING="clightning" \
BTCPAYGEN_SUBNAME="custom" \
./build.sh

Next, you will need to configure the runtime environment variables for Generated/docker-compose.custom.yml:

Again, what does btcpay-setup.sh do?

btcpay-setup.sh is a utility which does the following:

  1. Makes sure docker and docker-compose are installed on your system
  2. Generates a docker-compose via ./build.sh
  3. Sets up an Environment File to configure your docker-compose
  4. Sets up environment variables so the tools described in Tooling can work
  5. Adds symlinks of those tools into /usr/bin
  6. Makes sure BTCPay restarts on reboot via upstart or systemd
  7. Starts BTCPay via docker-compose

Overview of files generated by btcpay-setup.sh

/etc/profile.d/btcpay-env.sh ensures that your environment variables are correctly setup when you login, so you can use the tools:

export BTCPAYGEN_OLD_PREGEN="false"
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO1="btc"
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO2=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO3=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO4=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO5=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO6=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO7=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO8=""
export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO9=""
export BTCPAYGEN_LIGHTNING="clightning"
export BTCPAYGEN_REVERSEPROXY="nginx"
export BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS=""
export BTCPAY_DOCKER_COMPOSE="/var/lib/waagent/custom-script/download/0/btcpayserver-docker/Production/docker-compose.generated.yml"
export BTCPAY_BASE_DIRECTORY="/var/lib/waagent/custom-script/download/0"
export BTCPAY_ENV_FILE="/var/lib/waagent/custom-script/download/0/.env"
export BTCPAY_HOST_SSHKEYFILE="/root/.ssh/id_rsa_btcpay"
if cat $BTCPAY_ENV_FILE &> /dev/null; then
  export $(grep -v '^#' "$BTCPAY_ENV_FILE" | xargs)
fi

/etc/systemd/system/btcpayserver.service ensures that you can control btcpay via systemctl, and that BTCPayServer starts on reboot:

[Unit]
Description=BTCPayServer service
After=docker.service network-online.target
Requires=docker.service network-online.target

[Service]
Type=oneshot
RemainAfterExit=yes

ExecStart=/bin/bash -c '. /etc/profile.d/btcpay-env.sh && cd "$(dirname $BTCPAY_ENV_FILE)" && docker-compose -f "$BTCPAY_DOCKER_COMPOSE" up -d -t "${COMPOSE_HTTP_TIMEOUT:-180}"'
ExecStop=/bin/bash -c '. /etc/profile.d/btcpay-env.sh && cd "$(dirname $BTCPAY_ENV_FILE)" && docker-compose -f "$BTCPAY_DOCKER_COMPOSE" stop -t "${COMPOSE_HTTP_TIMEOUT:-180}"'
ExecReload=/bin/bash -c '. /etc/profile.d/btcpay-env.sh && cd "$(dirname $BTCPAY_ENV_FILE)" && docker-compose -f "$BTCPAY_DOCKER_COMPOSE" restart -t "${COMPOSE_HTTP_TIMEOUT:-180}"'

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

.env ($BTCPAY_ENV_FILE) contains environment variables passed to the containers managed by your docker-compose:

BTCPAY_HOST=btcpay.EXAMPLE.com
ACME_CA_URI=https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
NBITCOIN_NETWORK=mainnet
LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL=me@EXAMPLE.com
BTCPAY_SSHTRUSTEDFINGERPRINTS=SHA256:eSCD7NtQ/Q6IBl2iRB9caAQ3lDZd8s8iUL6SdeNnhpA
BTCPAY_SSHKEYFILE=/datadir/id_rsa

How can I add an altcoin to BTCPayServer?

  1. Add support for your crypto to NBitcoin, NBxplorer, and BTCPayServer. (Use examples from other coins)
  2. Create your own docker image (Example for BTC)
  3. Create a docker-compose fragment (Example for BTC)
  4. Add your CryptoDefinition (Example for BTC)

build.sh is using a pre-built image of the docker-compose generator on docker hub. If you modify the code source of docker-compose generator (for example, the CryptoDefinition Example for BTC), you need to configure build.sh to use your own image by setting the environment variable BTCPAYGEN_DOCKER_IMAGE to btcpayserver/docker-compose-generator:local.

cd docker-compose-generator
BTCPAYGEN_DOCKER_IMAGE="btcpayserver/docker-compose-generator:local"

Or on powershell:

cd docker-compose-generator
$BTCPAYGEN_DOCKER_IMAGE="btcpayserver/docker-compose-generator:local"

Then run ./build.sh or . .\build.ps1. This will generate your docker-compose in the Generated folder, which you can then run and test.

Note that BTCPayServer developers will not spend excessive time testing your image, so make sure it works.

Support

We are trying to update our dependencies to run on arm32v7 and x64 boards. Here is our progress:

Source Image Version x64 arm32v7 links
* btcpayserver/docker-compose-generator latest ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
* btcpayserver/docker-compose-builder 1.23.2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoin.yml btcpayserver/bitcoin 0.17.0 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoin-clightning.yml btcpayserver/lightning v0.6.3-4 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoin-clightning.yml shesek/lightning-charge 0.4.6-standalone ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoin-clightning.yml shesek/spark-wallet 0.2.2-standalone ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoin-lnd.yml btcpayserver/lnd v0.5.1-beta-2 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
btcpayserver.yml btcpayserver/btcpayserver 1.0.3.52 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
dash.yml btcpayserver/dash 0.12.3 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
dogecoin.yml rockstardev/dogecoin 1.10.0 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
feathercoin.yml chekaz/docker-feathercoin 0.16.3 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
groestlcoin.yml nicolasdorier/docker-groestlcoin 2.16.3 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
groestlcoin-clightning.yml groestlcoin/lightning v0.6.2-2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
groestlcoin-clightning.yml groestlcoin/groestlcoin-lightning-charge version-0.4.6 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
groestlcoin-clightning.yml groestlcoin/groestlcoin-spark version-0.2.2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
litecoin.yml nicolasdorier/docker-litecoin 0.16.3 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
litecoin-clightning.yml btcpayserver/lightning v0.6.3-4 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
litecoin-lnd.yml btcpayserver/lnd v0.5.1-beta-2 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
monacoin.yml wakiyamap/docker-monacoin 0.16.3 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
nbxplorer.yml nicolasdorier/nbxplorer 2.0.0.11 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
nginx.yml nginx stable ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
nginx.yml btcpayserver/docker-gen 0.7.4 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
nginx.yml btcpayserver/letsencrypt-nginx-proxy-companion 1.10.0 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-btcqbo.yml jvandrew/btcqbo 0.3.25 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-btcqbo.yml redis 5.0.2-alpine ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-librepatron.yml jvandrew/librepatron 0.6.78 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-librepatron.yml jvandrew/isso atron.22 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-woocommerce.yml btcpayserver/docker-woocommerce 3.0.5 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
opt-add-woocommerce.yml mariadb 10.3 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
postgres.yml postgres 9.6.5 ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
traefik.yml traefik latest ✔️ ✔️ Github - DockerHub
trezarcoin.yml chekaz/docker-trezarcoin 0.13.0 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
viacoin.yml romanornr/docker-viacoin 0.15.2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bgold.yml kamigawabul/docker-bitcoingold 0.15.2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bgold-lnd.yml kamigawabul/btglnd latest ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcoinplus.yml chekaz/docker-bitcoinplus 2.7.0 ✔️ Github - DockerHub
bitcore.yml dalijolijo/docker-bitcore 0.15.2 ✔️ Github - DockerHub

FAQ

How can I modify my environment?

As root, run . btcpay-setup.sh; this will show you the environment variable it is expecting. For example, if you support btc and ltc already, and want to add btg:

export BTCPAYGEN_CRYPTO3='btg'
. btcpay-setup.sh -i

I deployed before btcpay-setup.sh existed (before May 17), can I migrate to this new system?

Yes, run the following commands to update:

sudo su -

cd $DOWNLOAD_ROOT/btcpayserver-docker
git checkout master
git pull
git checkout 9acb5d8067cb5c46f59858137feb699b41ac9f19
btcpay-update.sh
. ./btcpay-setup.sh -i
git checkout master
btcpay-update.sh

exit

I'm getting an error on Windows: Cannot create container for service docker: Mount denied?

If you see this error:

Cannot create container for service docker: b'Mount denied:\nThe source path "\\\\var\\\\run\\\\docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock"\nis not a valid Windows path'.

Run this in powershell:

$Env:COMPOSE_CONVERT_WINDOWS_PATHS=1

Then, run docker-compose -f EXAMPLE.yml up.

This bug comes from Docker for Windows and is tracked on Github.

How I can prune my node(s)?

This will prune your Bitcoin full node to a maximum of 100GB (of blocks):

export BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS="opt-save-storage"
. ./btcpay-setup.sh -i

Other options are documented here.

How can I customize the generated docker-compose file?

In some instances, you might want to customize your environment in more detail. While you could modify Generated/docker-compose.generated.yml manually, your changes would be overwritten the next time you run btcpay-update.sh.

Luckily, you can leverage BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS for this!

Let's enable pruning to 60 GB, for example:

First, copy opt-save-storage into the the docker fragment folder as opt-save-storage.custom.yml. Important: the file must end with .custom.yml, or there will be git conflicts whenever you run btcpay-update.sh.

Modify the new opt-save-storage.custom.yml file to your taste:

@@ -14,8 +14,7 @@ version: "3"
 services:
   bitcoind:
     environment:
-       BITCOIN_EXTRA_ARGS: prune=100000
+       BITCOIN_EXTRA_ARGS: prune=60000

Then set it up:

export BTCPAYGEN_ADDITIONAL_FRAGMENTS="opt-save-storage.custom"
. ./btcpay-setup.sh -i