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.
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).
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- http://gavintech.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/full-disclosure-bitcoin-qt-on-windows.html, Full disclosure: Bitcoin-Qt on Windows vulnerability, 21st October 2012
- http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2012-4682, Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-4682, 21st October 2012
- "Bitcoin-Qt/Bitcoind Releases". Bitcoin.org. http://bitcoin.org/news.html. Retrieved 21 October 2012.