Ethereum Builder's Guide

Option 1: Install from PPA

For the latest development snapshot, both ppa:ethereum/ethereum and ppa:ethereum/ethereum-dev are needed. If you want the stable version from the last PoC release, simply omit the -dev one.

*Warning: The ethereum-qt PPA will upgrade your system-wide Qt5 installation, from 5.2 on Trusty and 5.3 on Utopic, to 5.4.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ethereum/ethereum-qt
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ethereum/ethereum
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ethereum/ethereum-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ethereum

Run mist for the GUI or geth for the CLI.

You can alternatively install only the CLI or GUI, with apt-get install geth or apt-get install mist respectively.

Option 2: Automatic installation

Note Outdated, please use the PPA.

This Mist install script will install everything required from a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installation and start running Mist.

wget -O install
chmod +x install 

Option 3: Manual build from source

Installing Go

Verify that Go is installed by running go version and checking the version. If not, see Installing Go


Mist depends on the following external libraries to be installed:

First install GMP & Readline from repositories:

sudo apt-get install -y libgmp3-dev libreadline6-dev

Second, follow the instructions for Building Qt

Installing Mist

At last you will now be finished with all the prerequisites. The following commands will build the Ethereum Mist GUI client for you:

go get -u

(You may need to run "sudo apt-get install mercurial" first)

Note: Mist does not automatically look in the right location for its GUI assets. For this reason you have to launch it from its build directory

cd $GOPATH/src/ && mist

or supply an absolute -asset_path option:

mist -asset_path $GOPATH/src/

To eliminate the need to remember this cumbersome command, you can create the following a file in $GOPATH/bin :

cd $GOPATH/src/ && mist

Name the file 'misted' and make it executable:

chmod +x $GOPATH/bin/misted

Now mist can be run with the command misted