Compiling Dash Core

While Dash offers stable binary builds on the website, on Github and through development builds using Bamboo, many users will also be interested in building Dash binaries for themselves. The following guides are available:


This guide describes how to build Dash Core wallet without the GUI from source under Ubuntu Linux. It is intended to serve as a simple guide for general compilation of non-deterministic binary files from the stable source code. A standard installation of Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS will be used as an environment for the build. We assume you are running as a user with sudo permissions. First add the necessary extra repository and update all packages:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Now install the dependencies as described in the installation documentation:

sudo apt install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils git libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev
sudo apt install libboost-system-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-chrono-dev libboost-program-options-dev libboost-test-dev libboost-thread-dev libzmq3-dev

Optionally install the Qt dependencies if you want to build the Dash GUI:

sudo apt install libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler

Download the stable Dash repository:

git clone

And build:

cd dash
make install

/usr/local/bin now contains the compiled Dash binaries.


Gitian is the deterministic build process that is used to build the Dash Core executables. It provides a way to be reasonably sure that the executables are really built from the source on GitHub. It also makes sure that the same, tested dependencies are used and statically built into the executable. Multiple developers build the source code by following a specific descriptor (“recipe”), cryptographically sign the result, and upload the resulting signature. These results are compared and only if they match, the build is accepted and uploaded to

More independent Gitian builders are needed, which is why this guide exists. It is preferred you follow these steps yourself instead of using someone else’s VM image to avoid ‘contaminating’ the build.

Setup the host environment

Gitian builds are known to be working on Debian 8.x. If your machine is already running this sytem, you can perform Gitian builds on the actual hardware. Alternatively, you can install it in a virtual machine. Follow the guide for setting up a VPS for masternodes, selecting a Debian 8.x image during the installation process and naming your non-root user gitianuser. Selecting a VPS with two processors will also greatly speed up the build process. If you cannot login to your VPS over SSH as root, access the terminal and issue the following command:

sed -i 's/^PermitRootLogin.*/PermitRootLogin yes/' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
/etc/init.d/ssh restart

Log in to your new environment by SSH as root. Set up the dependencies first by pasting the following in the terminal:

apt-get install git ruby sudo apt-cacher-ng qemu-utils debootstrap lxc python-cheetah parted kpartx bridge-utils make ubuntu-archive-keyring curl
adduser gitianuser sudo

Then set up LXC and the rest with the following, which is a complex jumble of settings and workarounds:

# the version of lxc-start in Debian needs to run as root, so make sure
# that the build script can execute it without providing a password
echo "%sudo ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/lxc-start" > /etc/sudoers.d/gitian-lxc
echo "%sudo ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/lxc-execute" >> /etc/sudoers.d/gitian-lxc
# make /etc/rc.local script that sets up bridge between guest and host
echo '#!/bin/sh -e' > /etc/rc.local
echo 'brctl addbr br0' >> /etc/rc.local
echo 'ifconfig br0 up' >> /etc/rc.local
echo 'iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE' >> /etc/rc.local
echo 'echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward' >> /etc/rc.local
echo 'exit 0' >> /etc/rc.local
# make sure that USE_LXC is always set when logging in as gitianuser,
# and configure LXC IP addresses
echo 'export USE_LXC=1' >> /home/gitianuser/.profile
echo 'export GITIAN_HOST_IP=' >> /home/gitianuser/.profile
echo 'export LXC_GUEST_IP=' >> /home/gitianuser/.profile

At the end Debian is rebooted to make sure that the changes take effect. Re-login as the user gitianuser that was created during installation. The rest of the steps in this guide will be performed as that user.

There is no python-vm-builder package in Debian, so we need to install it from source ourselves:

echo "76cbf8c52c391160b2641e7120dbade5afded713afaa6032f733a261f13e6a8e  vm-builder_0.12.4+bzr494.orig.tar.gz" | sha256sum -c
# (verification -- must return OK)
tar -zxvf vm-builder_0.12.4+bzr494.orig.tar.gz
cd vm-builder-0.12.4+bzr494
sudo python install
cd ..

Set up the environment and compile

Clone the Dash Core repository to your home directory:

git clone

Then create the script file:

nano dash/contrib/

And paste the following script in place (this will be automatic if/when the script is pulled into Dash Core):

Save the file and set it executable:

sudo chmod +x dash/contrib/

Set up the environment, replacing the name and version with your name and target version:

dash/contrib/ --setup strophy

Run the compilation script:

dash/contrib/ --build strophy

Your system will build all dependencies and Dash Core from scratch for Windows and Linux platforms (macOS if the dependencies were installed according to these instructions). This can take some time. When complete, you will see the SHA256 checksums, which you can compare against the hashes available on the Dash website. In this way, you can be sure that you are running original and untampered builds of the code as it exists on Github.