There are many discussions going on as there is a lack of a simple tutorial as to how to install Bitcoin Core (GUI) on Linux distributions, i.e Ubuntu 18.04.

Bitcoin.org offers the tar.gz file (i.e. available here: https://bitcoin.org/bin/bitcoin-core-0.20.0/bitcoin-0.20.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz) which can be installed in Linux, i.e. Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 or 20.04.

It would be great if someone could provide such instruction to reach out to a broader user base. Not all users wish to use the Snapstore.

See also here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/hka0qc/why_are_there_no_packages_for_bitcoin_in_linux/

Is there anybody who could write up a tutorial or just post a video for a safe & quick installation of the tar.gz file which is downloaded from Bitcoin.org?

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Not gonna write a 'tutorial', but here's a couple things that should be mentioned:

  1. As you imply, ubuntu provides a standard 'snap' for bitcoin. easily installed via apt. Agree they are a PITA to use, so ...

  2. if you use the tar.gz, just extract it somewhere, then (using the appropriate version number):

2a) check the signature on the hash file: gpg --verify SHA256SUMS.asc

2b) and confirm the hash for the downloaded file matches the appropriate hash in the hash file: sha256sum bitcoin-0.17.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz

2c) Then the trick is to use this to get the files where they need to go (links included): sudo cp -vR bitcoin-0.17.1/* /usr/

2d) Not sure what the 'right' way to start it is, but this works for me. I put it in the automatic startups: bitcoin-qt&

  • Thanks. Could you please clarify: So I go into the folder where the downloaded file is (bitcoin-0.20.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz,. Then I extract the file. And then in the Terminal I enter "sudo cp -vR bitcoin-0.20.0/* /usr/. --- Is my understanding correct?
    – Greg
    Jul 13, 2020 at 13:22
  • Thanks. THat helped. The files have been copied succesfully with your command. Please just let me know how the GUI is started now? Thank you
    – Greg
    Jul 13, 2020 at 14:28
  • edited my post to include this
    – harrym
    Jul 13, 2020 at 18:56
  • Thanks. Succesfully started the GUI. Thank you for the instructions.vUnfortunately other issue persists, not related: github.com/bitcoin-core/gui/issues/32
    – Greg
    Jul 15, 2020 at 8:34

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