How to Install Bitcoin Core Wallet on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

How to install Bitcoin on Ubuntu?

Bitcoin Exchanges / July 28, 2021

Terminal IconUbuntu is often recommended as an alternative to Windows for running Bitcoin Core. Recent reports of a false postive virus signature in the block chain and an inappropriate response by Microsoft antivirus software reinforce this point. This guide shows how to install and run Bitcoin Core on a clean Ubuntu 14.04 system.


Ubuntu does not yet come pre-packaged with Bitcoin Core. As a result, the graphical Software Center utility can't be used. Compiling from source offers one option, but involves many steps. A more direct route is to install a precompiled binary from the command line.

Searching for the Terminal application.

Terminal RunningThe method described here uses Terminal, an application into which text-based commands can be issued. Access Terminal by clicking on the swirl icon in the upper left of the screen and typing “terminal”. Click the leftmost icon labeled “Terminal” to launch the application.

Running the Terminal application. Commands are entered after the dollar sign.

Install Bitcoin Core

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin

You'll be prompted for a password. Enter the one you use to log into Ubuntu.

Next, update Ubuntu's software package lists:

Finally, install Bitcoin core itself. Enter “Y” when asked asked for permission to continue:

$ sudo apt-get install bitcoin-qt

This last command may take some time, during which both Bitcoin Core and all of its dependencies will be installed.

Run Bitcoin Core