I managed to build bitcoind on arch linux after downloading the source from github, but after running bitcoind getinfo command, I am told:

"errors" : "This is a pre-release test build - use at your own risk - do not use for mining or merchant applications"

How can I remove that message and use a stable build, instead of the pre-release one I downloaded?

I assume I have to do something with the information found here: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/tags

  • great question - you can find this by google searching "This is a pre-release test build - use at your own risk - do not use it for mining or merchant applications"
    – makevoid
    Commented Sep 12, 2015 at 15:35

2 Answers 2


If you got the source via git, you can checkout on the latest stable release tag, currently v0.8.1 using the git command git checkout v0.8.1.

When you did not setup git, you can simply download the source from that tag version from the webpage you suggested using either the .zip or .tar.gz link underneath the tag name. vX.X.X releases are stable ones, while the vX.X.XrcX releases are release candidates, meaning that they can still contain a few bugs.


The full procedure:

Open a terminal and clone the github repository

git clone https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin

then get the latest stable version, right now the command is:

git fetch
git checkout 0.11

then build bitcoin-core as ususal (install the required lib dependencies, ./autogen.sh, ./configure, make, make install)

The current development version is 11.99, you can build multiple version of bitcoin, for example a development version and a stable version to test beta features and to see if the private keys / blockchain / backups are easily loaded on the dev version, this is the json output of the getinfo bitcoin-cli command/function that lets you check the version numbers:

version:         11.9900 
protocolversion:  7.0011 
walletversion:    6.0000

this means we are running 0.11.99 (it means the future 0.12)

protocol version is 7.00.11

wallet version is 6

extra infos:

the current versions are also stored in JSON on the bitcoin blockchain: 91b37d9429a7e660a6b2c3352e39335e81884493dfbfbffa479b8068194e921d (transaction hash)

https://chain.so/tx/BTC/91b37d9429a7e660a6b2c3352e39335e81884493dfbfbffa479b8068194e921d see the message field on sochain or blockchain.info https://blockchain.info/tx/91b37d9429a7e660a6b2c3352e39335e81884493dfbfbffa479b8068194e921d

  • Your answer lacks an explanation on why you should run those commands up top. You should try to refine what you meant.
    – Gopoi
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 18:53
  • done, do you think it is missing something now? could you please rethink about the downvotes, thanks
    – makevoid
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 10:15
  • Good on you indeed.
    – Gopoi
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 16:24

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