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Bitcoin 0.9.99 BETA
Copyright (c) 2009-2014 Bitcoin Developers
[Bitcoin Core]( is the original Bitcoin client and it builds the backbone of the network. However, it downloads and stores the entire history of Bitcoin transactions (which is currently several GBs); depending on the speed of your computer and network connection, the synchronization process can take anywhere from a few hours to a day or more. Thankfully you only have to do this once. If you would like the process to go faster you can [download the blockchain directly](
The following are some helpful notes on how to run Bitcoin on your native platform.
### Unix
You need the Qt4 run-time libraries to run Bitcoin-Qt. On Debian or Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install libqtgui4
Unpack the files into a directory and run:
- bin/32/bitcoin-qt (GUI, 32-bit) or bin/32/bitcoind (headless, 32-bit)
- bin/64/bitcoin-qt (GUI, 64-bit) or bin/64/bitcoind (headless, 64-bit)
### Windows
Unpack the files into a directory, and then run bitcoin-qt.exe.
### OSX
Drag Bitcoin-Qt to your applications folder, and then run Bitcoin-Qt.
### Need Help?
* See the documentation at the [Bitcoin Wiki](
for help and more information.
* Ask for help on [#bitcoin]( on Freenode. If you don't have an IRC client use [webchat here](
* Ask for help on the [BitcoinTalk]( forums, in the [Technical Support board](
The following are developer notes on how to build Bitcoin on your native platform. They are not complete guides, but include notes on the necessary libraries, compile flags, etc.
- [OSX Build Notes](
- [Unix Build Notes](
The Bitcoin repo's [root README]( contains relevant information on the development process and automated testing.
- [Coding Guidelines](
- [Multiwallet Qt Development](
- [Release Notes](
- [Release Process](
- [Source Code Documentation (External Link)](
- [Translation Process](
- [Unit Tests](
### Resources
* Discuss on the [BitcoinTalk]( forums, in the [Development & Technical Discussion board](
* Discuss on [#bitcoin-dev]( on Freenode. If you don't have an IRC client use [webchat here](
### Miscellaneous
- [Assets Attribution](
- [Files](
- [Tor Support](
- [Systemd](
Distributed under the [MIT/X11 software license](
This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the [OpenSSL Toolkit]( This product includes
cryptographic software written by Eric Young ([](, and UPnP software written by Thomas Bernard.