I have downloaded the tgz file from bitcoincore.org and unpacked it. The first time I tried to run bitcoind from the command line, I got the usual macOS dialog about untrusted software, so I gave the necessary permission in System settings. However, when I tried to run it again, all I get is zsh: killed bin/bitcoind. I've tried sudo xattr -d com.apple.quarantine, but this doesn't seem to have any effect. What am I doing wrong?

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    Does this answer your question? How to get started with bitcoin-cli on macOS? Feb 7, 2023 at 14:32
  • the solution seems to be to install homebrew, which I already have. I also checked for crash reports in macos Console, but there is nothing relevant. So I guess it's a different issue maybe? I wish there was some way to get more error output at least. "killed" is not really something you can google.. Feb 7, 2023 at 14:59
  • P.S.: Just to be on the safe side I reinstalled brew, but that didn't change anything Feb 7, 2023 at 15:42
  • Maybe related: bisq.wiki/Downloading_and_installing#macOS, but really a blind guess, i don't know nothing about MacOS. Feb 7, 2023 at 18:09

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Ok, I figured it out after some googling: On ARM, macOS refuses to run any binary that isn't signed, and the ones in the tgz download obviously aren't:

codesign -d -vvv --entitlements :- bin/bitcoind
bin/bitcoind: code object is not signed at all

So I created a certificate and signed the binary as explained here:


Now bitcoind runs. I feel like that requirement should really be documented somewhere, but maybe I just missed it..


since the binaries are not signed, macOS prevents their execution

how to check:

$ codesign -v -d bitcoin-qt
bitcoin-qt: code object is not signed at all

Self-sign as follows and you are good to go:

$ codesign -s - ./releases/v24.0.1/bin/bitcoind

this was mentioned here:


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