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If your one of the many people who have gotten into the new Litecoin craze the alternative to Bitcoin then you may be wandering how you can go about installing the Litecoin Wallet on your Fedora System.

Well if you remember in the beginning before Ringing Liberty came out with a Bitcoin Repository you pretty much would get your Bitcoin wallet in a tar.gz format. Currently because Litecoin is still fairly new we face the same issues accept litecoin is in tar.xz. True you can simply extract the file to any old directory but it wont show up in our Applications Menu on Fedora.

Here I will show you how I install the Litecoin Wallet on my Fedora System. First I download the Wallet from Litecoins website. Then I navigate to the directory that litecoin wallet archive is in. I do this from the terminal. All the files I download are located in $HOME/Downloads for me. So I would issue the following commands.

cd $HOME/Downloads
ls -l

After I have typed ls -l I will see a list of files in my Downloads directory one of which will say litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux.tar.xz, replace the red X’s with the correct version number. Now we will extract the files to the /opt directory. To do this we will type the following.

sudo tar -Jxf litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux.tar.xz -C /opt

Now lets type the following

cd /opt
ls -l

We see the files have been extracted to the /opt directory in a directory of it’s own called litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux we will make this easier now by renaming the litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux directory to something like litecoin so we will type the following.


sudo mv litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux litecoin

Now lets type the following

ls

We will see that the directory name litecoin-x.x.x.x-linux has been changed to litecoin. Now we will need to make the directory readable. To do this we will type the following.

chmod -R +r litecoin

Now lets create an executable for the litecoin wallet. To do this we will type the following.

sudo touch /usr/bin/litecoin
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/litecoin
sudo gedit /usr/bin/litecoin

Your gEdit should have opened up as root. If so we will put the following text into it.

#!/bin/sh
export LITECOIN_HOME="/opt/litecoin"
$LITECOIN_HOME/litecoin $*

After we have entered the above text into gEdit we can save the litecoin file by pressing CTRL + S then ALT + F4 to close gEdit. Now lets create our Desktop Icon. To do this we will need to place the icon in the /usr/share/applications directory. This means we will need root priviledges. So we will type the following commands.

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/litecoin.desktop

When gEdit Opens up we will add the following to gEdit.

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Litecoin
Comment=Litecoin Wallet
Exec=/opt/litecoin/bin/64/litecoin-qt
Icon=/opt/litecoin/src/share/pixmaps/bitcoin64.xpm
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=GNOME;Application;Office;
StartupNotify=true

Now we will press CTRL + S to save the file then ALT + F4 to close gEdit.

Now lets test it. Type the following in the terminal

litecoin-qt

If everything goes well you should your litecoin wallet startup.

Notes:

  • If you don’t have sudo setup then you can just use su -i instead
  • I chose gEdit as my text editor but you can easily use nano or any other editor of your choice
  • There are lots of images you can use for the desktop icon foin in the litecoin directory /opt/litecoin/src/share/pixmaps/ feel free to change to different one
  • If your using a 32 bit system the desktop Exec line from /opt/litecoin/bin/64/litecoin-qt to /opt/litecoin/bin/32/litecoin-qt
  • I felt the best category for my GNOME DE was under Office Tools which is why I chose it. You can have it somewhere else if you want.

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