I would like to try to download and compile a barebones variation of the Bitcoin daemon. Specifically, I'd would prefer to not have a copy of the code with any GUI implementation.

Does such a reliable, and maintained, forked project exist on Github or any where else?

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    Any reason why you don't want the GUI code at all? You can just compile bitcoind, which doesn't include the GUI or or any dependency on GUI libraries. Aug 23, 2013 at 17:07
  • @PieterWuille: I'm looking for a clean codebase because I want to implement my own GUI interface. In short, I want to start with "nothing". Is bitcoind in a separate project, or will I need to weed out all of the unnecessary code from the github project?
    – RLH
    Aug 23, 2013 at 17:19
  • The simple solution is go get the Github linux version meant to be compiled with QT and go over the dot pro file. Consider it the ' build the program in to a GUI ' form of file with the added benifit of all the rest of the needed files in source directories. I have had to do something similar for another currency just to get it to compile in Ubuntu.
    – nybbler905
    Aug 23, 2013 at 19:48
  • Bitcoind is Bitcoin-Qt without the GUI code. It is in the same repository, but all GUI code is in the qt directory. Just ignore it if you want to. Aug 23, 2013 at 21:22
  • @PieterWuille shouldn't you post your reply as an answer?
    – T9b
    Sep 2, 2013 at 22:49

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Yes. If you compile the bitcoin client using the following commands, it will not build the GUI components:

./configure --without-gui

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