Here are the instructions I have created so far:

  1. Install the necessary dependencies

    pacman -S boost boost-libs openssl db base-devel qrencode qt4 automoc4
  2. Clone the GitHub repository:

    git clone https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin.git
    cd bitcoin
  3. Checkout the Git source to the latest release listed at https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/releases:

    git checkout v0.8.5
  4. Change to the source directory:

    cd src
  5. Compile Bitcoin-Qt from source

    qmake-qt4 -makefile -Wall USE_QRCODE=1

There are a ton of generic instructions spit out when I enter qmake-qt4 command and then upon entering the make command I am told:

make: * No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.

FYI, I am using the PKGBUILD file as a guideline for creating the above instructions.

1 Answer 1


Since the build system has moved to Autotools, the method for building Bitcoin-Qt is a bit different.

git clone https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin.git bitcoin
cd bitcoin
git checkout v0.8.5
./configure --with-qt
make -j8 
  • exactly! this is how you do it Feb 24, 2014 at 9:52
  • 1
    Will this method work on Ubuntu 14.04 too? Jun 4, 2014 at 20:38

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