Linux Installation Guide#
This guide describes how to download, verify, install and encrypt the Dash Core wallet for Linux. The guide is written for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, but the steps should be similar for other Linux distributions.
Downloading the Dash Core wallet#
Visit https://www.dash.org/downloads/ to download the latest Dash Core wallet. In most cases, the website will properly detect which version you need. Click the Dash Core button to download the package directly.
If detection does not work, you will need to manually choose your operating system and whether you need an x64 (64 bit x86) or ARM version. If you are unsure about your version of Linux, you can check in Ubuntu using the Terminal:
If the response is
x86_64, download Dash Core x64. If the response is
aarch64, download Dash Core ARM. Once you know which version you need,
download the Dash Core TGZ file to your computer from
https://www.dash.org/downloads/ and save it to your Downloads folder.
Since Dash Core 18.0, downloads are not available for 32-bit Linux installations.
Verifying Dash Core#
This step is optional, but recommended to verify the authenticity of the file you downloaded. This is done by checking its detached signature against the public key published by the Dash Core development team. To download the detached signature, click the Signature button on the wallet download page and save it to the same folder as the downloaded binary.
All releases of Dash are signed using GPG with one of the following keys:
Pasta (pasta) with the key
5252 7BED ABE8 7984, verifiable here on Keybase (releases 0.16.0+)
Alexander Block (codablock) with the key
63A9 6B40 6102 E091, verifiable here on Keybase (releases prior to 0.16.0)
Open a terminal, import the keys and verify the authenticity of your download as follows:
curl https://keybase.io/pasta/pgp_keys.asc | gpg --import curl https://keybase.io/codablock/pgp_keys.asc | gpg --import gpg --verify dashcore-19.1.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz.asc
If you see the message
Good signature from ... then you have an
authentic copy of Dash Core for Linux.
Extracting Dash Core#
Dash Core for Linux is distributed as a compressed archive and not an installer. This is because this same archive also contains other files built for running a masternode on a server, for example. In this guide, we will extract the executable file with a graphical user interface (GUI) designed for use by end users as a wallet.
Extract Dash Core as follows:
tar xzf dashcore-19.1.0-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
This will create a folder named
dashcore-19.1.0 in the current working
directory. We will now install the executable binaries to
/usr/local/bin using the
sudo install -m 0755 -o root -g root -t /usr/local/bin dashcore-19.1.0/bin/*
Start Dash Core from the terminal with the following command:
The first time the program is launched, you will be offered a choice of where you want to store your blockchain and wallet data. Choose a location with enough free space, as the blockchain can reach 30GB+ in size. It is recommended to use the default data folder if possible.
Dash Core will then start up. This will take a little longer than usual the first time you run it, since Dash Core needs to generate cryptographic data to secure your wallet.
Synchronizing Dash Core to the Dash network#
Once Dash Core is successfully installed and started, you will see the wallet overview screen. You will notice that the wallet is “out of sync”, and the status bar at the bottom of the window will show the synchronization progress.
During this process, Dash Core will download a full copy of the Dash blockchain from other nodes to your device. Depending on your internet connection, this may take a long time. If you see the message “No block source available”, check your internet connection. When synchronization is complete, you will see a small green tick in the lower right corner.
You can now begin to use your wallet to send and receive funds.
Setting up a desktop entry#
You can set up an XDG Desktop Entry
in order to be able to launch Dash Core from your KDE or Gnome desktop
environment. To do so, create a file named
~/.local/share/applications/dash.desktop and add the following
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.5 Name=Dash Core Comment=Dash Core is used to interact with the Dash blockchain Exec=/usr/local/bin/dash-qt Icon=dash-icon Terminal=false Type=Application
Ensure the file is executable:
chmod +x ~/.local/share/applications/dash.desktop
An appropriate icon can optionally be downloaded from the Dash Brand Guidelines page:
wget https://media.dash.org/wp-content/uploads/dash-d-rounded-square-250.png xdg-icon-resource install --size 256 dash-d-rounded-square-250.png dash-icon
Creating your Dash Wallet#
Beginning with Dash Core 19.0, a wallet will not be created for you by default. You will get this prompt in the Overview tab. To create a wallet, click the Create a new wallet button or click File -> Create Wallet.
You will be prompted to create a new wallet with a custom wallet name. By default, your wallet will be encrypted. You may choose to uncheck the box and encrypt the wallet later. We have included instructions on how to encrypt your wallet in the following section.
If you do choose to encrypt now, you will be asked to enter and verify a password.
Following that, you will get a standard warning.
The following section will detail the steps you need to follow if you choose to encrypt your Dash wallet later.
Encrypting your Dash wallet#
To encrypt your wallet, click Settings > Encrypt wallet.
You will be asked to enter and verify a password.
When the encryption process is complete, you will see a warning that past backups of your wallet will no longer be usable, and be asked to shut down Dash Core. When you restart Dash Core, you will see a small green lock in the lower right corner.