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How to install Qortal on debian linux (ubuntu, mint, debian, etc.) (Input each command with enter after them.) (any time the terminal asks for a password, it is your OS user password, it won't SHOW the password as you input it, just input it and push enter.) (all commands are run from terminal.) pre-setup, you should update your apt repo - sudo apt update

1. Install Java -

 sudo apt install default-jre 

and install 'unzip' to extract archives in terminal:

 sudo apt install unzip 

2. Download the Qortal Core zip - https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases/latest/download/qortal.zip - you can also do this with wget from terminal, like this:

 wget https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases/latest/download/qortal.zip 

3. Download the Qortal UI debian installer - https://github.com/Qortal/UI/releases/latest/download/qortal-ui_amd64.deb - you can also download this with wget from terminal like this:

 wget https://github.com/Qortal/UI/releases/latest/download/qortal-ui_amd64.deb 

4. Extract the Qortal Core zip - unzip qortal.zip - if you downloaded with wget, it will be already in your home folder, if you downloaded with the browser, you will first need to move the file to the home folder like this:

 mv Downloads/qortal.zip 

The mv command is only needed if you downloaded with browser, and not with wget.

5. Change to newly created qortal directory, make scripts executable, and start Qortal:

cd qortal
chmod +x *.sh

Qortal will start, you'll see a splash screen telling you it is downloading and extracting the bootstrap for you, then it will run 'in the background' on the taskbar with a Q icon. The icon will be RED when you're not fully synchronized, and BLUE when you are.

6. Install Qortal UI - the 'easiest' way is with terminal. If you used wget to download the files, then it will be in your home directory, if not, it will be in your Downloads folder.

 sudo dpkg -i qortal-ui*.deb 

If the file isn't in your home folder and you downloaded with a browser, you can do this instead:

 sudo dpkg -i Downloads/qortal-ui*.deb 

7. Run the Qortal UI app that is now installed on your system. Run through the account creation process in the Qortal UI, to create your Qortal account. Be sure you use a password you will remember, and save the backup file in multiple locations. This is the only way you can access your account from any other computer, or if your computer fails. Be very sure you have multiple copies of this.

Once you have created your account and your node is synchronized, if you would like to become a minter, simply ask in Qortal chat or Q-Chat and let people know where you heard of Qortal.


For additional support go into the #linux-support channel in Discord.


Linux Install from Command Line

From MeadMan: This is the basics of installing the core and UI on Linux from the command line. I use Kubuntu and these instructions work on most Ubuntu derivatives. If you are running some other distro document whatever you do during install and I'll update.

You will need several items installed to make it easier.

First, install Java 11, p7zip & curl

See if you have it:

  $ java -version
      openjdk version "" 2020-11-04
      OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build
      OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build, mixed mode, sharing)

If you do skip to: ‘Install p7zip’ section. If not, then do this: https://computingforgeeks.com/how-to-install-java-11-on-ubuntu-debian-linux/

For Ubuntu 20.04, run:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Install p7zip:

sudo apt install p7zip

Install curl:

sudo apt install curl

Install Qortal core: Get the files you need for Linux. They currently are:


You will need to use p7zip to uncompress the DB file. The smaller files unzip with standard utils.

We’re using "/qortal" as an example here. Substitute your path to where you want it.

md /qortal
cd /qortal
cp ~/Downloads/qortal.zip /qortal
unzip qortal.zip 
chmod 744 *.sh

Using "p7zip" because none of the other utils work:

7za  x  ./db.7z

The perms on the files in the new ./db directory should be 644 and if they aren't set them:

ls -l /qortal/db
chmod 644 blockchain.data
chmod 644 blockchain.properties 
chmod 644 blockchain.script

Edit the settings in the "settings.json" file:


Now start the core:

cd /qortal

It should tell you it's passed the java version check and give you the PID:

  “Passed Java version check
  qortal running as pid 2020”

Make sure it is running:

ps -ef | grep -i qort
    root        2020       1 31 13:52 pts/1    00:01:27 java -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=false -jar qortal.jar

It stores the PID (Process ID) in the "run.pid" file:

  cat run.pid

If you are running IPv4 only you will need this in your settings.json file:


Omit the comma at the end if it is the last line before the closing brace }

To stop it gracefully:

cd /qortal

Install Qortal-UI: Right click on the qortal-ui_amd64.deb file and select "Open with QApt Package Installer"

If it is missing any libraries have it install them (click "Details" to see which ones)

You should see it running in the right side of your system menu bar.

Click on the start icon and type in "qortal", then right click on "qortal ui" and "Add to Desktop" Run it from the desktop

Create Account Seed Phrase (Leave seed phrase hidden or save safely in a Veracrypt file).

If you are going to keep the seed phrase keep it in an encrypted file. Very important!

Account Name: <YourAccountName> Password: <YourPasswordHere>

Current Wallet:

Let it sync and once you can Q-Chat you are sync'd up. Ask for a coin so you can register a name.

Set your name in "Name Registration"

https://qortal.org/ # Until it is moved into Qortal this is home

http://wiki.qortal.org/doku.php # The Wiki for the Qortal project

https://discord.gg/wVB5TNYrf9 # Once in read the pinned messages for instructions

https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases # The Qortal GitHub repo for source code and installation files # See the status of your core # Info about your version etc # All the API calls you never knew about

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U9kb72V7vjnrO5dJltxqQ # Lots of 5-15 minute videos. A very good resource.

Linux Desktop Only Install

From Jaymen:

apt-get update   
apt-get install openjdk-11-jdk 
apt-get install unzip 
apt-get install bc
apt-get install p7zip-full  
wget https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases/latest/download/qortal.zip
unzip qortal.zip
cd qortal  
wget https://qortal.tmgoxford.com/db.7z    
7za x db.7z 
chmod 0777 start.sh 
sh ./start.sh 

Linux VPS Only Install

From Jaymen:

sudo -i                           
apt-get update                    
cd /home                          
adduser test                      
usermod -a -G sudo test          
apt-get install openjdk-11-jdk   
apt-get install unzip             
apt-get install bc                
apt-get install p7zip-full        
cd test                           
wget https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases/latest/download/qortal.zip
unzip qortal.zip            
cd qortal                
chmod 0777 start.sh               
chown -R test /home/test/qortal   
su test                           
echo -en "{\n\"apiDocumentationEnabled\": true\n}\n\"" > settings.json 

Linux Pi4 Only Install

From Jaymen:

wget https://github.com/Qortal/qortal/releases/latest/download/qortal.zip   
unzip qortal.zip                                                             
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full -y                                              
cd qortal                                                                                                                                            
chmod 0777 start.sh                                                                        
echo -en "{\n\"apiDocumentationEnabled\": true\n}\n\"" > settings.json
linux.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/08 05:15 by jaymen