Bitcoin version : 0.21
System: Ubuntu 18.04

All dependencies installed.

I am using Depends system to compile QT wallet. I compiled all three (Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu) successfully. All run just fine.

Only with Ubuntu, the QT file doesn't open with double click like other programs. How do I compile it so it works just like other programs, and I don't have to open terminal every time I want to run the QT wallet.

  • What happens instead when you open by double clicking? Maybe it's just already running? Can you run bitcoin-qt from the command line? – Pieter Wuille Jun 2 at 14:49
  • yes, everytime I want to run the QT wallet, I open the terminal and type ./bitcoin-qt to run it. It runs perfectly fine. – Gladiator9120 Jun 2 at 15:01
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    It is mentioned in these links 1 and 2 that QMAKE_LFLAGS += -no-pie should be present in .pro file. There was a bitcoin-qt.pro in /contrib few months back. Not sure why I don't see it right now in Master branch. – Prayank Jun 2 at 21:02
  • @Prayank That sounds unrelated to being able to start it by double clicking. Clearly the binary works, or OP wouldn't be able to start it from the command line. – Pieter Wuille Jun 2 at 21:40
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    @Prayank About bitcoin-qt.pro, see github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/21695 – Pieter Wuille Jun 2 at 21:53


  1. Create a file bitcoin-qt.desktop
  2. Save below content in the file:
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Bitcoin Core
  1. Save bitcoin.png in /usr/share/icons
  2. Right click on bitcoin-qt.desktop, go to permissions and allow executing file as program
  3. Double clicking bitcoin-qt.desktop will launch bitcoin-qt
  • Yes, I know of this workaround. But what if I want to send the compiled binary file to someone else? They too will need to create this file, right ? that's what I am trying to avoid. I am trying to have a ready-to-use compiled binary that doesn't need any further configs – Gladiator9120 Jun 3 at 7:50
  • @gladiator9120 Then you should use the depends build system (see the readme in the depends subdirectory), it is a build system that compiles with the exact same dependencies and configuration as Bitcoin Core's release binaries. – Pieter Wuille Jun 5 at 6:22
  • @PieterWuille Yes, I am using Depends system, but yet it is not executable. – Gladiator9120 Jul 8 at 5:58

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