What is Zcoin?
Zcoin is the first full implementation of the Zerocoin Protocol, which allows users to have complete privacy via Zero-Knowledge cryptographic proofs. It is worth noting that Zcoin is unrelated to other cryptocurrencies utilizing the Zerocash Protocol. Although Zerocash is a development from Zerocoin, their respective implementations are not simple forks of each other, but rely on different cryptographic assumptions with various tradeoffs. Both approaches supplement each other quite nicely, and a good way to describe them would be sibling projects.
The Zerocoin Protocol is being actively researched and improved, such as by a new extension that when implemented would hide transactions and address balances.
Linux Build Instructions and Notes
sudo apt-get update
Install required packagages
sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils libboost-all-dev
Install Berkeley DB 4.8
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev
Install QT 5
sudo apt-get install libminiupnpc-dev libzmq3-dev sudo apt-get install libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler libqrencode-dev
Clone the source:
git clone https://github.com/zcoinofficial/zcoin
Configure and build the headless zcoin binaries as well as the GUI (if Qt is found).
You can disable the GUI build by passing
./autogen.sh ./configure make
It is recommended to build and run the unit tests:
Mac OS X Build Instructions and Notes
See (doc/build-osx.md) for instructions on building on Mac OS X.
Windows (64/32 bit) Build Instructions and Notes
See (doc/build-windows.md) for instructions on building on Windows 64/32 bit.