Beginner’s Guide

Last updated for v1.0.1

Welcome To Decred

Welcome to Decred! We are very glad to have you. As you may or may not already know, Decred is different. There’s a lot of new things to learn to fully grasp how things work. This documentation will attempt to make things a bit easier to understand.

This beginner’s guide is a path to getting the Decred software up and running. You can choose from multiple clients to get a node on the network and Decred in your wallet. Specifically, you’ll learn how to install, setup, and use the Decred applications; how to obtain DCR; how to vote via Proof-of-Stake; and how to use the block explorer.

You’ll need to follow an Installation Guide, and then follow the path for the application of your choice below. After your application is set-up, go through the General Guides at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions along the way, join us in our Slack.

NOTE: Using Testnet is highly recommended for learning how to use the Decred software without the fear of making a mistake and losing real money. After following the guides to setup your choice of software, please visit the Using Testnet guide to learn how to launch your application onto Decred’s testnet.


Below you’ll find a list of currently available applications, with a chart showing their compatibility with different operating systems.

Paymetheus: The only Windows GUI client as of v1.1.0.
dcrd: The node daemon, this command-line application handles block management and consensus.
dcrwallet: The wallet daemon, this command-line application handles address and transaction management.
dcrctl: The remote procedure call (RPC) client, this command-line application is used to control dcrd and dcrwallet via RPC commands.
Decrediton: Cross-platform GUI client as of v1.1.1.

Paymetheus dcrd dcrwallet dcrctl Decrediton
Windows X X X X X
macOS X X X X
Linux X X X X
Other UNIX X X X

“Other UNIX” currently includes various *BSDs and Solaris/illumos.

Note: You might soon notice one of the many differences between Decred and other popular cryptocurrencies: the wallet daemon and node daemon are separate. A lot of other coins run these functions together in a single daemon. For those who choose to use the command line interfaces, this means you must run dcrd for full node functionality, and dcrwallet to store your DCR, create transactions and participate in Proof-of-Stake mining/voting.

Installation Guides

To get started, choose an option for installations available for your operating system below:

  • Paymetheus
  • Command Line Suite via dcrinstall - NOTE: The dcrinstall method is the fastest and easiest way to get a command-line node and wallet running. It is recommended and the command-line path setup guides below will assume you’ve used this method.
  • Decrediton

NOTE: All of the following guides can be found in the navigation menu with the same names.

Paymetheus Path

The following guides, in order, will get you started with Paymetheus:

Decrediton Path

The following guide will help you load Decrediton:

Command-Line Path

The following guides, in order, will get you started with the Command-Line Applications (dcrd, dcrwallet, dcrctl):

General Guides

The following guides are independent of the different applications: