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Cryptotux is a Linux image preconfigured with tools for crypto development and education.

Cryptotux is currently supplied as .ova images that can be directly imported into Virtualbox (6.X+). It is particularly suited for workshops. Username is bobby, password is bricodeur.

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How to use it? The easy way

  • Install virtualbox
  • Download the desktop or server version on
  • Click on the file or in "import appliance" in virtualbox
  • Launch from virtualbox
  • For the server version, it is best to connect via ssh ssh bobby@
  • For the desktop version interact visually !

For ease you can also sync a local folder, let's call it remote, and the internal folder of the machine with sshfs bobby@cryptotux-server:/home/bobby remote

Optionnaly, add cryptotux as known hosts (on Unix systems echo ' cryptotux' | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts). You will then be able to connect with ssh bobby@cryptotux

To build from scratch

  • Install vagrant and virtualbox. On a debian or ubuntu system sudo apt install vagrant virtualbox
  • To build and run the server version vagrant up
  • To connect to the server : vagrant ssh

And voilà !

  • To build and run the desktop version vagrant up cryptotux-desktop


We aim to provide a useful tool and meaningful project as a collaborative effort. The first objective is to offer a standard distribution for education and development. Suggestions, remarks, partnerships and pull requests are welcome.


0.5.0 > 31 may 2019

  • Fully scripted desktop
  • including java, sublime-text, artwork
  • Smaller images
  • added ssh password access

0.4.6 > 9 may 2019

  • added brave browser
  • removed secondary npm packages
  • lighter image

0.4.5 > 14 apr 2019

  • added emacs
  • updated go
  • cosmos sdk

0.4.4 > 10 apr 2019

  • docker tooling
  • added rust & vim
  • better update script

0.4.3 > 9 apr 2019

  • Visual code added
  • updates

0.4.2 > 8 apr 2019

  • fortune, tldr added

0.4.1 > 22 jan 2019

  • bitcoin binaries & config
  • tutorials

0.3 > 22 dec 2018

  • Added bleachit
  • Custom update scripts
  • bookmarks


  • Added parity
  • Branding
  • upload optimization


  • Ligher image and OS
  • added IPFS

0.0.4 > 27-Sep-2018

  • Installed
    • Ganache-cli
    • Chainpoint-cli
  • Significantely lighter image

0.0.3 > 25-Sep-2018

  • Solidity addon for Visual Code
  • curl
  • metamask for firefox
  • node with user domain global folder (.npm-global)

0.0.2 > 13-Jun-2018

  • Ethereum ppa and libraries
  • libssl1.0-dev


  • Utilities build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl1.0-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils python3 software-properties-common libboost-system-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-chrono-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-thread-dev libminiupnpc-dev libzmq3-dev libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler
  • Bitcoin libraries libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev
  • Virtualbox addons


Xavier Lavayssiere (@xavierlava)

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