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Ubuntu & Debian Build Notes

Some notes on how to build Genesis in Ubuntu & Debian.


Always use absolute paths to configure and compile Genesis Official and the dependencies, for example, when specifying the path of the dependency:

../dist/configure --enable-cxx --disable-shared --with-pic --prefix=$BDB_PREFIX

Here BDB_PREFIX must be an absolute path - it is defined using $(pwd) which ensures the usage of the absolute path.


These dependencies are required:

Library     | Purpose          | Description
libssl      | Crypto           | Random Number Generation, Elliptic Curve Cryptography
libboost    | Utility          | Library for threading, data structures, etc
libevent    | Networking       | OS independent asynchronous networking
libb2       | Crypto           | Crypto Library, lighter than libsodium

Optional dependencies:

Library     | Purpose          | Description
miniupnpc   | UPnP Support     | Firewall-jumping support
libdb4.8    | Berkeley DB      | Wallet storage (only needed when wallet enabled)
qt          | GUI              | GUI toolkit (only needed when GUI enabled)
protobuf    | Payments in GUI  | Data interchange format used for payment protocol (only needed when GUI enabled)
libqrencode | QR codes in GUI  | Optional for generating QR codes (only needed when GUI enabled)
univalue    | Utility          | JSON parsing and encoding (bundled version will be used unless --with-system-univalue passed to configure)
libzmq3     | ZMQ notification | Optional, allows generating ZMQ notifications (requires ZMQ version >= 4.x)

For the versions used, see [](

Memory Requirements

C++ compilers are memory-hungry. It is recommended to have at least 1.5 GB of memory available when compiling Genesis. On systems with less, gcc can be tuned to conserve memory with additional CXXFLAGS:

./configure CXXFLAGS="--param ggc-min-expand=1 --param ggc-min-heapsize=32768"

Dependency Build Instructions

Build requirements:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils python3 libb2-dev git curl
sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev

BerkeleyDB is required for the wallet.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev

Ubuntu and Debian have their own libdb-dev and libdb++-dev packages, but these will install BerkeleyDB 5.1 or later, which break binary wallet compatibility with the distributed executables which are based on BerkeleyDB 4.8. If you do not care about wallet compatibility, pass `--with-incompatible-bdb` to configure.

See the section "Disable-wallet mode" to build Genesis without wallet.

Optional: See --with-miniupnpc and --enable-upnp-default

sudo apt-get install libminiupnpc-dev

Optional: ZMQ dependencies (provides ZMQ API 4.x)

sudo apt-get install libzmq3-dev

Building Genesis Official (w/out QT)

git clone
chmod -R 777 genesis/
cd genesis/depends
sudo make
cd ..

Building Genesis Official (w/ QT)

Install remaining dependencies

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

Optional: libqrencode

sudo apt-get install libqrencode-dev

Now build

git clone
sudo chmod -R 777 genesis/
cd genesis/depends
sudo make
cd ..
./configure --prefix=`pwd`/depends/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
make install

The command `make install` installs the executables in the `./depends/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/bin/` directory. Make sure you define absolute path.


The release is built with GCC and then "strip genesisd" to strip the debug symbols, which reduces the executable size by about 90%.

In case of errors asking to ```recompile with fPIC``` add


to your ./configure command and make again


[miniupnpc] may be used for UPnP port mapping. It can be downloaded from [here]( UPnP support is compiled in and turned off by default. See the configure options for upnp behavior desired:

--without-miniupnpc      No UPnP support miniupnp not required
--disable-upnp-default   (the default) UPnP support turned off by default at runtime
--enable-upnp-default    UPnP support turned on by default at runtime


To help make your Genesis Official installation more secure by making certain attacks impossible to exploit even if a vulnerability is found, binaries are hardened by default. This can be disabled with:

Hardening Flags

./configure --enable-hardening
./configure --disable-hardening

Hardening enables the following features:

  • Position Independent Executable

Build position independent code to take advantage of Address Space Layout Randomization offered by some kernels. Attackers who can cause execution of code at an arbitrary memory location are thwarted if they don't know where anything useful is located. The stack and heap are randomly located by default but this allows the code section to be randomly located as well.

On an AMD64 processor where a library was not compiled with -fPIC, this will cause an error such as: "relocation R_X86_64_32 against `......' can not be used when making a shared object;"

To test that you have built PIE executable, install scanelf, part of paxutils, and use:

scanelf -e ./genesis

The output should contain:

  • Non-executable Stack

If the stack is executable then trivial stack-based buffer overflow exploits are possible if vulnerable buffers are found. By default, Genesis Official should be built with a non-executable stack but if one of the libraries it uses asks for an executable stack or someone makes a mistake and uses a compiler extension which requires an executable stack, it will silently build an executable without the non-executable stack protection.

To verify that the stack is non-executable after compiling use:

scanelf -e ./genesis

The output should contain:

RW- R-- RW-

The STK RW- means that the stack is readable and writeable but not executable.

Disable-wallet mode

When the intention is to run only a P2P node without a wallet, Genesis Official may be compiled in disable-wallet mode with:

./configure --disable-wallet

In this case there is no dependency on Berkeley DB 4.8.

Mining is also possible in disable-wallet mode, but only using the `getblocktemplate` RPC call not `getwork`.

Additional Configure Flags

A list of additional configure flags can be displayed with:

./configure --help