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Unix Build Notes

Some notes on how to build Genesis in Unix.


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.


make install # optional

This will build genesis-qt as well if the dependencies are met.


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

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)

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: Fedora

Build requirements

sudo dnf install gcc-c++ libtool make autoconf automake openssl-devel libevent-devel boost-devel libdb4-devel libdb4-cxx-devel python3


sudo dnf install miniupnpc-devel

To build with Qt 5 (recommended) you need the following

sudo dnf install qt5-qttools-devel qt5-qtbase-devel protobuf-devel

libqrencode (optional) can be installed with

sudo dnf install qrencode-devel


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


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

Berkeley DB

It is recommended to use Berkeley DB 4.8. If you have to build it yourself you can build with
./contrib/ `pwd`

from the root of the repository.

Note: You only need Berkeley DB if the wallet is enabled (see the section *Disable-Wallet mode* below).


If you need to build Boost yourself:

sudo su
./bjam install


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

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

Setup and Build Example: Arch Linux

This example lists the steps necessary to setup and build a command line only, non-wallet distribution of the latest changes on Arch Linux:

pacman -S git base-devel boost libevent python
git clone
cd genesis/
./configure --disable-wallet --without-gui --without-miniupnpc
make check


Enabling wallet support requires either compiling against a Berkeley DB newer than 4.8 (package `db`) using `--with-incompatible-bdb`, or building and depending on a local version of Berkeley DB 4.8. The readily available Arch Linux packages are currently built using `--with-incompatible-bdb` according to the PKGBUILD. As mentioned above, when maintaining portability of the wallet between the standard Genesis distributions and independently built node software is desired, Berkeley DB 4.8 must be used.

ARM Cross-compilation

These steps can be performed on, for example, an Ubuntu VM. The depends system will also work on other Linux distributions, however the commands for installing the toolchain will be different.

Make sure you install the build requirements mentioned above. Then, install the toolchain and curl:

sudo apt-get install g++-arm-linux-gnueabihf curl

Building executables for ARM

cd depends
make HOST=arm-linux-gnueabihf NO_QT=1
cd ..
./configure --prefix=$PWD/depends/arm-linux-gnueabihf --enable-glibc-back-compat --enable-reduce-exports LDFLAGS=-static-libstdc++

Building on FreeBSD

(Updated as of FreeBSD 11.0)

Clang is installed by default as `cc` compiler, this makes it easier to get started than on OpenBSD.

Install dependencies

pkg install autoconf automake libtool pkgconf
pkg install boost-libs openssl libevent
pkg install gmake

You need to use GNU make (`gmake`) instead of `make`. (`libressl` instead of `openssl` will also work)

Wallet dependencies (optional)

./contrib/ `pwd`
setenv BDB_PREFIX $PWD/db4


./configure BDB_CFLAGS="-I${BDB_PREFIX}/include" BDB_LIBS="-L${BDB_PREFIX}/lib -ldb_cxx"