Installing the PIVX Core Wallet

System Requirements

To run the PIVX Core Wallet, you need a system with the following specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows, Linux, or MacOS
  • CPU: At least 2GHz
  • RAM: 2GB (4GB recommended)
  • Disk Space: At least 25GB available


The latest version of the Core wallet can be downloaded from the official PIVX website's download page or from the official PIVX github page.

WARNING - Always download the PIVX Core Wallet from one of these official resources. Any downloads from any other source should be considered compromized.


The installation method differs based on the operating system being used.

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to install the PIVX Core Wallet (for example cd /home/pivx)

  2. Download the latest version of the Core Wallet:

    • Intel/AMD: wget
    • ARM: wget
  3. Unzip the archive:

    • Intel.AMD: tar -zxvf pivx-5.6.1-aarch64-linux-gnu.tar.gz && sudo rm -f pivx-5.6.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
    • ARM: tar -zxvf pivx-5.6.1-arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.gz && sudo rm -f pivx-5.6.1-arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.gz
  4. Navigate to the newly created folder cd pivx-5.6.1

  5. First install only: Install the Sapling parameters by running the command ./

  6. Navigate to the bin folder: cd bin then start the wallet:

    • CLI Wallet: ./pivxd -daemon
    • QT Wallet: ./pivx-qt
  1. Download the latest version of the Core Wallet from
  2. Run the installer and follow all steps.
  3. Launch the PIVX Core Wallet.
  1. Download the latest version of the Core Wallet from
  2. Run the installer and Copy the PIVX App to Applications folder.
  3. Launch the PIVX Core Wallet.

Startup / Initial Synchronisation

The first time you run the PIVX Core Wallet, the whole PIVX blockchain will be downloaded locally and verified. This will take approximately 5+/- hours with a fast internet connection, and will require approximately 20GB of space on disk.

An empty wallet will also be created (stored in a wallet.dat file in the PIVX data folder).


The PIVX Core Wallet is upgraded on a regular basis, in order to deliver new functionalities and fix bugs. There are two main types of releases:

  • Mandatory Releases: The mandatory releases generally either add functionalities to the wallet or to the network (e.g. cold staking) and/or fix critical issues. They have to be installed by all users before a given date known as the enforcement date which is communicated by the developers at the time the release is published.
  • Recommended/Optional Releases: Optional releases are recommended for everyone but can generally be skipped safely. They either apply to only a subset of users (e.g. fix impacting masternodes only) or to fix non-critical issues.

NOTE - All releases are communicated on the official PIVX Website and on the #important-updates channel of the PIVX Discord server. It is critical to review them and install all updates before the enforcement block in order to avoid technical issues.

The procedure to upgrade the wallet is similar to an installation and is as easy as:

  • Shutdown the current version of the wallet.
  • Install the new version by following the procedure corresponding to your operating system.
  • Restart the core wallet using the newly installed version.

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