Build from source
Go Ethereum (as its name implies) is written in Go, and as such to build from source code you need to have at least Go 1.7 installed (preferably the latest version, currently at 1.9.2). This guide does not go into details on how to install Go itself, for that please read the Go installation instructions.
Assuming you have Go installed, you can download our project via:
go get -d github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum
The above command will checkout the default version of Go Ethereum into your local
GOPATH work space, but it will not build any executables for you. To do that you can either build one specifically:
go install github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/cmd/geth
Or you can also build the entire project and install
geth along with all developer tools by running
go install ./... in the repository root inside your
GOPATH work space.
Building without a Go workflow
If you do not want to set up Go work spaces on your machine, only build
geth and forget about the build process, you can clone our repository directly into a folder of your choosing and invoke
make, which will configure everything for a temporary build and clean up after itself:
git clone https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum.git cd go-ethereum make geth
This will create a
geth.exe on Windows) executable file in the
go-ethereum/build/bin folder that you can move wherever you want to run from. The binary is standalone and doesn’t require any additional files.