Build on Linux

Available Linux versions

Nearly all Linux versions support LBTC full nodes’ compilation and LBTC officially used Ubuntu 16.04 for compiling test.

Get the source code

# will be opensourced
git clone

To Build

make install # optional


These dependencies are required:

Library Purpose Description
libssl Crypto Random Number Generation, Elliptic Curve Cryptography
libboost Utility Library for threading, data structures, etc
libevent Networking OS independent asynchronous networking

Optional dependencies:

Library Purpose Description
miniupnpc UPnP Support Firewall-jumping support
libdb4.8 Berkeley DB Wallet storage (only needed when wallet enabled)
qt GUI GUI toolkit (only needed when GUI enabled)
protobuf Payments in GUI Data interchange format used for payment protocol (only needed when GUI enabled)
libqrencode QR codes in GUI Optional for generating QR codes (only needed when GUI enabled)
libzmq3 ZMQ notification Optional, allows generating ZMQ notifications (requires ZMQ version >= 4.x)

System requirements

C++ compilers are memory-hungry. It is recommended to have at least 1 GB of memory available when compiling Bitcoin Core. With 512MB of memory or less compilation will take much longer due to swap thrashing.

Dependency Build Instructions: Ubuntu & Debian

Build requirements:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils

On at least Ubuntu 14.04+ and Debian 7+ there are generic names for the individual boost development packages, so the following can be used to only install necessary parts of boost:

sudo apt-get install libboost-system-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-chrono-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-thread-dev

If that doesn’t work, you can install all boost development packages with:

sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev

BerkeleyDB is required for the wallet. db4.8 packages are available here.
You can add the repository and install using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev

Ubuntu and Debian have their own libdb-dev and libdb++-dev packages, but these will install
BerkeleyDB 5.1 or later, which break binary wallet compatibility with the distributed executables which
are based on BerkeleyDB 4.8. If you do not care about wallet compatibility,
pass --with-incompatible-bdb to configure.

ZMQ dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libzmq3-dev (provides ZMQ API 4.x)


The release is built with GCC and then “strip bitcoind” to strip the debug symbols, which reduces the executable size by about 90%.