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Copyright (c) 2009-2012 Bitcoin Developers
Distributed under the MIT/X11 software license, see the accompanying file
license.txt or 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.
Mac OS X bitcoind build instructions
Laszlo Hanyecz <>
Douglas Huff <>
See readme-qt.rst for instructions on building Bitcoin QT, the
graphical user interface.
Tested on 10.5 and 10.6 intel. PPC is not supported because it's big-endian.
All of the commands should be executed in it's in
You need to install XCode with all the options checked so that the compiler and
everything is available in /usr not just /Developer I think it comes on the DVD
but you can get the current version from
1. Clone the github tree to get the source code:
git clone bitcoin
2. Download and install MacPorts from
2a. (for 10.7 Lion)
Edit /opt/local/etc/macports/macports.conf and uncomment "build_arch i386"
3. Install dependencies from MacPorts
sudo port install boost db48 openssl miniupnpc
Optionally install qrencode (and set USE_QRCODE=1):
sudo port install qrencode
4. Now you should be able to build bitcoind:
cd bitcoin/src
make -f makefile.osx
./bitcoind --help # for a list of command-line options.
./bitcoind -daemon # to start the bitcoin daemon.
./bitcoind help # When the daemon is running, to get a list of RPC commands