I have a version of bitcoind on my server and I can't remember which version it is.

How can I find out what version my bitcoind is ?

eg: ./bitcoind -version ..or such

  • What os is the server running? For example with linux if you installed with apt you can try something like dpkg -p bitcoind Sep 8, 2013 at 3:32
  • It's running ubuntu 12.04 but the bitcoind was installed from the sourceforge site not the ubuntu apt package manager..
    – ManreeRist
    Sep 8, 2013 at 20:45
  • If it was installed more than 4 days ago (sep 4 2013$ then it's definitely not the latest ;) but it looks like thepiachu's answer should clear things up. Run it as a server then send it getinfo. Sep 8, 2013 at 22:10

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EDIT: As of 0.16.0, use getnetworkinfo to get the version of bitcoind:

  • getnetworkinfo: version, protocolversion, timeoffset, connections, proxy, relayfee, warnings

Send a getinfo command to the server. It shows the version of bitcoind:

  "version": 80400,
  "protocolversion": 70001,
  "walletversion": 60000,
  "balance": 102.2899977,
  "blocks": 104358,
  "timeoffset": 1,
  "connections": 15,
  "proxy": "",
  "difficulty": 1.0,
  "testnet": true,
  "keypoololdest": 1372886245,
  "keypoolsize": 101,
  "paytxfee": 0.0,
  "errors": ""
  • How does version: 80400 relate to the Bitcoin Core version? I'm trying to check if my bitcoind is running version 0.9.1 of the core.
    – Dave Sag
    Aug 6, 2014 at 23:39
  • It should be 90100. I guess the format is with leading zeros being truncated.
    – ThePiachu
    Aug 7, 2014 at 20:28
  • Yep - chatting with the developer of bitcoin-testnet-box it's running quite an old version of bitcoind. I'll look at updating it this weekend.
    – Dave Sag
    Aug 8, 2014 at 0:36
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    This answer is no longer valid as getinfo is deprecated as of 0.16.0. Use getnetworkinfo instead.
    – Ron
    Feb 27, 2018 at 22:03

Please consider using getnetworkinfo info instead of getinfo since bitcoin 0.16.0

bitcoin-cli getnetworkinfo

  "version": 160000,
  "subversion": "/Satoshi:0.16.0/",
  "protocolversion": 70015,
  "localservices": "000000000000040d",
  "localrelay": true,
  "timeoffset": 0,
  "networkactive": true,
  "connections": 5,
  "networks": [
      "name": "ipv4",
      "limited": false,
      "reachable": true,
      "proxy": "",
      "proxy_randomize_credentials": false
      "name": "ipv6",
      "limited": false,
      "reachable": true,
      "proxy": "",
      "proxy_randomize_credentials": false
      "name": "onion",
      "limited": true,
      "reachable": false,
      "proxy": "",
      "proxy_randomize_credentials": false
  "relayfee": 0.00001000,
  "incrementalfee": 0.00001000,
  "localaddresses": [
  "warnings": "Warning: unknown new rules activated (versionbit 28)"

Like GetInfo, the GetNetworkInfo RPC call provides:

  • version: The numeric Bitcoin Core (bitcoind) server software version (e.g. 100000)
  • protocolversion: The numeric Bitcoin protocol version of the software (e.g. 70002)

In addition, GetNetworkInfo provides the "subversion" user agent string (e.g "/Satoshi:0.10.0/").

Note that the GetInfo call has been deprecated and may be removed in a future version of the software (source).


curl code for achieve that (using JSON-RPC)

curl --user YOUR_USER --data-binary '{"jsonrpc": "1.0", "id":"curltest", "method": "getinfo", "params": [] }' -H 'content-type: text/plain;'

Then it will prompt

Enter host password for user 'YOUR_USER':

Finally just hit your password and get the bitcoin server response

{"result":{"version":666,"protocolversion":666,"walletversion":666,"balance":0.00000000,"blocks":366666,"timeoffset":-9,"connections":8,"proxy":"","difficulty":72722780642.54718018,"testnet":false,"keypoololdest":1448366656,"keypoolsize":666,"paytxfee":0.00000000,"relayfee":0.00001000,"errors":"Warning: Message"},"error":null,"id":"curltest"}

You will see something like after running the command-line above where version is what you want to see


I'm that means you have to

ssh your_bitcoin_server

And also you must have your ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf or /etc/bitcoin/bitcoin.conf (as a service) configuration file set to default port (8332)

Feel free to change this as required


If you do not like reading json output, get the jq command do it for you

bitcoin-cli getnetworkinfo | jq .version

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