Bitcoin on Debian

The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it. Hence, the first great virtue of a programmer

  - Larry Wall on Laziness, Programming Perl: 3rd Edition

make; make install

For as long as I can remember, make; make install has been the Unix incantation to get something from source to installed binaries on your machine. It's nice and elegant, although sometimes you may need to throw in a ./configure for good measure.

So have you ever tried compiling Bitcoin Core? 17 steps! Not so nice. Elegant? Not even close. So let's fix that:

git clone
make -C bitcoin-on-debian install

If everything worked as expected, you should now be able to run:


Now depending on how fast your internet connection is, go get a coffee or two - it's going to take a few days to download the blockchain, starting from the genesis block.

If you have any issues, send me an email. See anything wrong, I'd love a Github pull request. Happy hacking...