Installing Bitcoin-Qt on Ubuntu



I am using Ubuntu 11.10. I have downloaded Bitcoin-Qt, but I don't think it has installed itself. The instructions say "download and install" the software, but I'm afraid I need instructions that are a little more specific. If you can tell me how to install the software it would be greatly appreciated.

Donnie Love

Posted 2012-01-19T15:20:26.143

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You need to be more specific. Where did you get the software from? What steps have you done? etc – Peter – 2012-01-19T16:15:22.633

I got the software from this website ( I downloaded it, but I'm not very knowledgeable about Ubuntu or programming. I found one page that gave me a string of magic jibberish to put in the DOS window, which I did, but it seemed to have no effect. – Donnie Love – 2012-01-19T16:48:10.840

You're on now, not I've edited your question to be more meaningful. – Meni Rosenfeld – 2012-01-19T19:11:49.680



  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:luke-jr/bitcoincore
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install bitcoin


Posted 2012-01-19T15:20:26.143

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1If you guys don't even know basic package management of Ubuntu, maybe you should read up on that. It is essential. – None – 2013-11-18T10:29:52.880

When I put in that second line of jibberish I get this: E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13: Permission denied) E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/ E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied) E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root? donnie@donnie-amdnew:~$

I frequently run into the permission problem. Apparently, in Ubuntu, you have to get permission to do anything. – Donnie Love – 2012-01-19T19:12:17.187

1second and third commands also need sudo – nanotube – 2012-01-19T19:48:57.073

if it worked you should mark the answer!! – ktec – 2012-07-11T00:01:35.170