Release process

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Bitcoin Core Open Source Release Process

Releases to the Bitcoin Core client and project are built and released using this process:

  • Labeled in github
  • Binaries are created for the platforms affected (usually all, Windows, Mac and Linux).
  • Binary file checksum(s) is(are) calculated and a message with those are signed by a core developer.
    • sha256 checksum
  • Files used to build are checksummed and submitted to the Gitian.sigs project on github.
  • Uploaded to distribution (, and for the Ubuntu PPA)
  • Blog post on
  • Forum post (sticky) on

Verifying The Download

See the verification instructions on the Bitcoin Core download page.

Or try the script in the Bitcoin Core repository.

External Links

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