Could someone publish a step by step instructions to install, in a simple way, the Bitcoin desktop wallet Copay?

I have read the "instructions" published in their Github account and believe me, it's not user friendly:

Desktop versions (Windows, OS X, Linux)

Copay uses NW.js (also know as node-webkit) for its desktop version. NW.js is an app runtime based on Chromium and node.js.

-Install NW.js on your system from nwjs.io
-Run grunt desktop

Thank you.

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These are not instructions to install it. These instructions are for building Copay on your system.

Here are the instructions for end-users (non-developers):

1) Download the latest binary

You should visit its Copay releases page on GitHub and choose the ZIP file for Linux.

After you download it, unzip it and make sure you moved its folder to somewhere you won't forget.

2) Run it

Open the Linux Terminal (Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open Terminal if you're on Linux Mint or Ubuntu)

Open Copay's folder (which you just unzipped and moved).

There should be ~ 20 files and folders in that folder.

Find the file named "Copay" (without quotes and its icon may look like a document), drag that file onto Terminal and press Enter.

Now its GUI should open. Please note that you have to do Step 2 everytime you want to run it.

  • Excellent answer, could you please complete it adding how to config the icon in the left bar? thank ! Sep 13, 2016 at 17:43

Define variables

LATEST_TAG=`curl https://api.github.com/repos/${COPAY_REPO}/releases/latest -s | jq .name -r`;

Download and uznip release

wget https://github.com/${COPAY_REPO}/releases/download/${LATEST_TAG}/BitPay-linux.zip && unzip BitPay-linux.zip && rm -rf BitPay-linux.zip && cd BitPay-linux 

Run wallet

  1. Download the latest binary from GitHub and choose the ZIP file for Linux
  2. unzip (for example to the directory Downloads)
  3. open the Linux Terminal
  4. go to the folder (position yourself)/BitPay-linux using command cd
  5. type command "./Bitpay"

So, you need to type something like this:

user@User-945GCM-S2w:~$ cd Downloads
user@user-945GCM-S2w:~/Downloads$ cd BitPay-linux
user@user-945GCM-S2w:~/Downloads/BitPay-linux$ ./BitPay

where user@user-945GCM-S2w is your username

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