Linux installation options

Debian/Ubuntu

Installing from PPA

For the latest development snapshot, both ppa:ethereum/ethereum and ppa:ethereum/ethereum-dev are needed. If you want the stable version from the last PoC release, add only the first one.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ethereum/ethereum
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:ethereum/ethereum-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ethereum

After installing, run geth account new to create an account on your node.

You should now be able to run geth and connect to the network.

Make sure to check the different options and commands with geth --help

You can alternatively install only the geth CLI with apt-get install geth if you don't want to install the other utilities (bootnode, evm, disasm, rlpdump, ethtest).

Building from source

Building Geth (command line client)

Clone the repository to a directory of your choosing:

git clone https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum

Install latest distribution of Go (v1.4) if you don't have it already:

See instructions

Building geth requires some external libraries to be installed:

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libgmp3-dev golang

Finally, build the geth program using the following command.

cd go-ethereum
make geth

You can now run build/bin/geth to start your node.

Arch

Installing from source

Install dependencies

pacman -S git go gcc gmp

Download and build geth

git clone https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum
cd go-ethereum
make geth