I'd like to use the bitcoin client to examine some of the inner workings of bitcoin-qt (non-invasively, using gets and lists mostly). Is it possible to do this alongside the standard executable? I don't really want to download and build everything from source.

  • I don't understand what you're asking. bitcoin-cli is distributed alongside bitcoin-qt. What do you mean by examing Bitcoin using gets and lists?
    – Nick ODell
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 6:08
  • I'm running bitcoin core but I haven't built it, just dowloaded the executable. I want to use bitcoin-cli to send commands such as getinfo, listtransactions, getbalance, etc. Possibly I can do that through bitcoin core's UI. Currently I'm waiting for it to start up on my system.
    – darren
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 6:28
  • This is a bit difficult with the bitcoin-cli but check out some libraries like this which constructs transactions and signs them or toshi which was put out by coinbase and offers a lot more customization.
    – Loourr
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 17:44

2 Answers 2


Yes. Go to Bitcoin-Qt -> Help -> Debug Window.

Help -> Command Line Options gives a list of all options.


TL;DR: Yes, "make ./src/bitcoin-cli".

The full procedure (with bitcoin-0.11.0, you may want to download a newer version if any):

cd ~/
wget https://bitcoin.org/bin/bitcoin-core-0.11.0/bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz
sha256sum bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz | grep 51ba1756addfa71567559e3f22331c1d908a63571891287689fff7113035d09f
tar xfz bitcoin-0.11.0.tar.gz
cd bitcoin-0.11.0
./configure --enable-hardening --disable-wallet --disable-upnp-default --without-miniupnpc
make ./src/bitcoin-cli

Check that everything is fine:

./src/bitcoin-cli --help
  • This answer seems to miss the point as the asker states he does not want to build from the source.
    – Murch
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 11:16

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