I made a mistake and installed bitcoin core under the main system user “dog” in Linux (Debian). Now I am scratching my head thinking what I should do to change the user to “coindog” which would not be the main system user. I will then run bitcoind service in the background under this new "coindog" user.

Question 1: Can I simply move the .bitcoind folder to another user home folder, change the permissions and be done with it? Does anyone have any manual for it? I googled a lot and currently am in disbelief that no one made this mistake before me? :)

Question 2: "bitcoin core is configured to run under user "bitcoin" (so i read in the standard manuals and the book i have). If i want to set bitcoind to run under username "coindog", is it just an easy change of "user=" and "group=" parameters to the bitcoin.service file?


1 Answer 1


Apparently it’s as easy as moving the .bitcoind directory from one user’s home to another user’s home and then changing ownership of the .bitcoin directory to the new user.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.