Building Cico Core

Validate and Reproduce Binaries

Cico uses a tool called Gitian to make reproducible builds that can be verified by anyone. Instructions on setting up a Gitian VM and building Cico are provided in Gitan Building

Build on Ubuntu

This is a quick start script for compiling Cico on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils git cmake libboost-all-dev libgmp3-dev
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev

# If you want to build the Qt GUI:
sudo apt-get install libqt5gui5 libqt5core5a libqt5dbus5 qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler qrencode

git clone --recursive
cd cico

# Note autogen will prompt to install some more dependencies if needed
make -j2

Build on CentOS

Here is a brief description for compiling Cico on CentOS, for more details please refer to the specific document

# Compiling boost manually
sudo yum install python-devel bzip2-devel
git clone
cd boost
git checkout boost-1.66.0
git submodule update --init --recursive
./ --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
./b2 headers
sudo ./b2 -j4 install

# Installing Dependencies for Cico
sudo yum install epel-release
sudo yum install libtool libdb4-cxx-devel openssl-devel libevent-devel gmp-devel

# If you want to build the Qt GUI:
sudo yum install qt5-qttools-devel protobuf-devel qrencode-devel

# Building Cico
git clone --recursive
cd cico
make -j4

Build on Mac OS

The commands in this guide should be executed in a Terminal application. The built-in one is located in /Applications/Utilities/


Install the Mac OS command line tools:

xcode-select --install

When the popup appears, click Install.

Then install Homebrew.


brew install cmake automake berkeley-db4 libtool boost miniupnpc openssl pkg-config protobuf qt5 libevent imagemagick librsvg qrencode gmp

NOTE: Building with Qt4 is still supported, however, could result in a broken UI. Building with Qt5 is recommended.

Build Cico Core

  1. Clone the cico source code and cd into cico

     git clone --recursive
     cd cico
  2. Build cico-core:

    Configure and build the headless cico binaries as well as the GUI (if Qt is found).

    You can disable the GUI build by passing --without-gui to configure.

  3. It is recommended to build and run the unit tests:

    make check


Then you can either run the command-line daemon using src/cicod and src/cico-cli, or you can run the Qt GUI using src/qt/cico-qt

Running on window OS

All you need is to download either the window 64-bits and 32-bits. You can run the installer version for windows. Too run, click on the cico-qt.exe or the icon for cico, that will run the wallet

  • You can also run the console wallet for cico, by clicking on cicod

Running on Ubuntu

All you need is to use


if running console wallet use