Getting Help For Bitcoin Core

There are many ways to get help for Bitcoin Core, including documentation, forums, and live chatrooms.

Documentation

Bitcoin Core currently doesn’t have any cohesive or complete documentation—but we hope to improve that situation soon. For now, you can use the following resources:

  • Bitcoin Wiki pages: running Bitcoin, data directory, and other articles in the Bitcoin Core documentation category.
  • The developer reference provides complete documentation of the RPCs that can be used with bitcoin-cli or in third-party programs.
  • The bandwidth sharing guide describes installing Bitcoin Core in detail as well as opening port 8333 to allow other Bitcoin programs to download blocks and transactions from you.

Forums

Bitcoin has a wide range of communities, but the following places are the best place to ask for help using Bitcoin Core:

  • Bitcoin StackExchange is a community dedicated entirely to answering questions about Bitcoin and related technology. Many questions about Bitcoin Core can be found under the Bitcoin-Qt tag
  • BitcoinTalk Technical Support is a sub-forum dedicated to providing help for Bitcoin Core and other Bitcoin programs.
  • /r/BitcoinBeginners is a Reddit community for users who have questions about anything Bitcoin-related, including Bitcoin Core.

Live

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is the most popular way to get live online help with Bitcoin Core. When you join an IRC chatroom, you must read the topic (which is usually automatically displayed) to learn the rules for that chatroom.

  • #bitcoin is the best place to ask general questions about Bitcoin Core.
  • #bitcoin-mining hosts discussion about Bitcoin mining, including decentralized mining using Bitcoin Core as part of the system.
  • For more channels, please see the comprehensive listing on the Bitcoin Wiki.