Monero is a decentralized cryptocurrency that has a primary focus on user privacy. To get started using Monero, The first thing you will need is a Monero Wallet. The Monero Wallet is available on most operating systems, but we focus on Linux systems. You can run a Monero wallet from a Graphical User Interface, or from the command line. It is open source and free to use.
This guide will take you step by step through the instructions of downloading Monero Wallet (both the GUI and CLI versions), verifying the download, and installing the Monero Wallet application on all major Linux distributions.
In this tutorial you will learn:
How to download Monero Wallet
How to verify the integrity of Monero Wallet download
How to install Monero Wallet GUI and CLI version on Linux
How to install Monero Wallet on Linux (GUI & CLI)
Software Requirements & Linux Command Line Conventions
Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
All GNU/Linux Distributions
Monero Wallet GUI or CLI
Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
How to install Monero Wallet on Linux (GUI & CLI) step by step instructions
Downloading Monero Wallet
Start by downloading the latest version of the Monero Wallet application. Navigate to the official Monero download page and grab whichever edition you would like to use – either GUI or command line.
Verify the Monero Wallet Download
Once the download is complete, we will verify the download by checking its GPG signature and SHA256 checksum. First, execute the following wget command in order to download binaryFate’s GPG key, which is used to sign the Monero binary file.
Now we will use this command to verify the signature of the hash file:
$ gpg --verify hashes.txt
You should see “Good signature” in your output, indicating that this is the proper hashes file. “Bad signature” indicates a problem and you should not proceed further.
As the last part of verification, check the SHA 256 checksum of your downloaded Monero Wallet archive.
$ shasum -a 256 monero-gui-linux-x64-v0.17.3.2.tar.bz2
Make sure that the returned checksum matches with the one shown in hashes.txt.
Install Monero Wallet
Now we can move on to installing Monero Wallet. Start by extracting the files from the tarball and changing directories to the installation files.
$ tar xf monero-gui-linux-x64-v0.17.3.2.tar.bz2
$ cd monero-gui-linux-x64-v0.17.3.2
Launch the Monero Wallet installer, which should already be executable.
You will go through some ordinary installation prompts, at least on the GUI version. These are mostly self explanatory. The first thing you need to do is select your desired mode.
If you are using the command line version, you will go straight into making a new wallet or specifying where your current one is located.
As a final step during installation, you will create a new Monero Wallet or log in to your existing one.
During installation, the Monero Wallet shortcut should have been added to your system’s application launcher. In case you want to move your Monero Wallet files to a different location, you can open the following file in nano or your preferred text editor and change where the shortcut should look for the application.
In this tutorial, we saw how to install Monero Wallet on a Linux system. This included both the GUI and command line versions of the application, and these instructions should work across all major Linux distributions. Monero excels in user privacy, and also proves to be very accessible, with clients that cater to a variety of systems.