👉 Bitcoin Core 26.1 released

Steps to Upgrade Your Bitcoin Core Node to v26.1 on Linux:

  1. Check your bitcoin version
    bitcoin-cli --version
  2. Go to your downloads directory
    cd ~/Downloads
  3. Download the release for your platform and wait for the file to finish downloading (Linux in my case)
    wget https://bitcoincore.org/bin/bitcoin-core-26.1/bitcoin-26.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
  4. Download the list of cryptographic checksums: SHA256SUMS
    wget https://bitcoincore.org/bin/bitcoin-core-26.1/SHA256SUMS
  5. Download the signatures attesting to validity of the checksums: SHA256SUMS.asc
    wget https://bitcoincore.org/bin/bitcoin-core-26.1/SHA256SUMS.asc
  6. Verify that the checksum of the release file is listed in the checksums file
    sha256sum --ignore-missing --check SHA256SUMS
  7. Verify that the checksums file is PGP signed by a sufficient amount of keys you trust and have imported into your keychain
    gpg --verify SHA256SUMS.asc
  8. Extract the contents
    tar xvzf bitcoin-26.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
  9. Stop bitcoind service and wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes in some cases)
    sudo systemctl stop bitcoind
  10. Install the contents of the extracted bin subdirectory into the /usr/local/bin directory using the the install command
    sudo install -m 0755 -o root -g root -t /usr/local/bin bitcoin-26.1/bin/*
  11. Start Bitcoind service
    sudo systemctl start bitcoind
  12. Check your bitcoin version
    bitcoin-cli --version

“Bitcoin Core 26.1 is a maintenance release of the network’s predominant full node implementation. Its release notes describe several bug fixes.” - Bitcoin Core v26.1 release notes

https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/releases/tag/v26.0 https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/doc/release-notes/release-notes-26.1.md

Bitcoin Core terminal showing version