CLI Installation guide

This page was last updated for v1.0.1.


dcrinstall

dcrinstall is the recommended method to install the Decred command line interface tools dcrd, dcrwallet, and dcrctl.

dcrinstall is an automatic installer and upgrader for the Decred software. The newest release can be found here: https://github.com/decred/decred-release/releases/tag/v1.0.5. Binaries are provided for Windows, OSX/macOS, Linux, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD. Executing installer will install dcrd, dcrwallet, and dcrctl. Instructions are provided for Mac, Linux, and Windows below (assumed proficiency for *BSD users).

dcrinstall will automatically download the precompiled, signed binary package found on GitHub, verify the signature of this package, copy the binaries within the package to a specific folder dependent on OS, create configuration files with settings to allow the 3 applications to communicate with each other, and run you through the wallet creation process. After running through dcrinstall, you will be able to launch the software with no additional configuration.

OSX/macOS:

  1. Download the correct file:

    For 32-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-darwin-386-v1.0.5 file.
    For 64-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-darwin-amd64-v1.0.5 file.

  2. Make dcrinstall-darwin-xxxx-vx.x.x an executable within your terminal, and run it:

    Navigate to the directory where the dcrinstall file was downloaded using the cd command, run chmod with u+x mode on the dcrinstall file, and run the executable that is created. Below is an example of the commands (change directories or filename as needed):

    cd ~/Downloads/
    chmod u+x dcrinstall-darwin-amd64-v1.0.5
    ./dcrinstall-darwin-amd64-v1.0.5

  3. The executable binaries for dcrd, dcrwallet, and dcrctl can now be found in the ~/decred/ directory. Before the dcrinstall process completes, you will be taken to the wallet creation prompt. Follow the steps within the Wallet Creation Walkthrough of the dcrwallet Setup guide to finish.

Linux:

  1. Download the correct file:

    For 32-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-linux-386-v1.0.5 file.
    For 64-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-linux-amd64-v1.0.5 file.
    For 32-bit ARM computers, download the dcrinstall-linux-arm-v1.0.5 file.
    For 64-bit ARM computers, download the dcrinstall-linux-arm64-v1.0.5 file.

  2. Make dcrinstall-linux-xxxx-vx.x.x an executable within your terminal, and run it:

    Navigate to the directory where the dcrinstall file was downloaded using the cd command, run chmod with u+x mode on the dcrinstall file, and run the executable that is created. Below is an example of the commands (change directories or filename as needed):

    cd ~/Downloads/
    chmod u+x dcrinstall-linux-amd64-v1.0.5
    ./dcrinstall-linux-amd64-v1.0.5

  3. The binaries for dcrd, dcrwallet, and dcrctl can now be found in the ~/decred/ directory. Before the dcrinstall process completes, you will be taken to the wallet creation prompt. Follow the steps within the Wallet Creation Walkthrough of the dcrwallet Setup guide to finish.

Windows:

  1. Download the correct file:

    For 32-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-windows-386-v1.0.5.exe file.
    For 64-bit computers, download the dcrinstall-windows-amd64-v1.0.5.exe file.

  2. Run the dcrinstall executable file.

    You can either double click it or run it from the Command Prompt.

  3. The binaries for dcrd, dcrwallet, and dcrctl can now be found in the %HOMEPATH%\decred\ directory (usually %HOMEPATH% is C:\Users\<username>). Before the dcrinstall process completes, you will be taken to the wallet creation prompt. Follow the steps within the Wallet Creation Walkthrough of the dcrwallet Setup guide to finish.