Is it possible to install Bitcoin Core on Raspbian OS with just apt-get?

I tried adding the Bitcoin repo using:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin

and I get:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/add-apt-repository", line 95, in <module>
    sp = SoftwareProperties(options=options)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 109, in __init__
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/SoftwareProperties.py", line 599, in reload_sourceslist
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/aptsources/distro.py", line 93, in get_sources
    (self.id, self.codename))
aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Raspbian/buster

2 Answers 2


PPAs are generally specific to ubuntu and usually can't be used with other Debian derivatives like Raspbian. Raspbian specific packages are not available in the bitcoin PPA.

Furthermore, the bitcoin/bitcoin PPA is discontinued and no longer being updated. If you still want to use a PPA to install onto Ubuntu and Ubuntu derived OSes, you can use luke-jr's PPA: https://launchpad.net/~luke-jr/+archive/ubuntu/bitcoincore

  • Thanks for that. I'll stick Ubuntu on the PI and go from there.
    – Ed Jones
    Mar 18, 2020 at 20:03

I would just install it without using packages, for Raspbian I would recommend RaspiBolt guide (you can look at parts of it, if you aren't interested in LND, for example, ATM).

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