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Bitcoin-Qt is the first Bitcoin client, developed by Satoshi Nakamoto under its original name Bitcoind.[1][2][3]

The Bitcoin-Qt GUI was initially designed by Wladimir J. van der Laan. It is now maintained by the contributing developers of Bitcoind, which it has been bundled in since version 0.5.[4]


Historically, Bitcoin-Qt supported the mining of the Bitcoin currency; however, this feature has been since redacted due to increased computing requirements and the obsolence of regular CPU power.

Currently, Bitcoin-Qt can used as a desktop client for regular payments or as a server utility for merchants and other payment services.

Current version

Source code (and build instructions for supported platforms) can be found at the Bitcoin GitHub page.


  • Compatibility with Linux (both GNOME and KDE), Mac OS X and Windows
  • All functionality of the original wxWidgets client
  • Asks for confirmation before sending coins
  • CSV export of transactions
  • Clearer transaction list with status icons and real-time filtering
  • Progress bar on initial block download
  • Languages: Dutch, English, German, many more
  • Sendmany support in UI (send to multiple recipients in one transaction)
  • Multiple unit support, can show subdivided bitcoins (mBTC, µBTC) for users that like large numbers (only decimal units)
  • Splash screen that details progress


Bitcoin-Qt is often criticized for being slow in downloading and verifying the Bitcoin transaction database (often called the Blockchain).

External Links

  1. "Bitcoin Client Software". Retrieved 21 October 2012. "The original software written by Satoshi Nakamoto, the project's founder."
  2., Full disclosure: Bitcoin-Qt on Windows vulnerability, 21st October 2012
  3., Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-4682, 21st October 2012
  4. "Bitcoin-Qt/Bitcoind Releases". Retrieved 21 October 2012.

See also