Zcash is currently only available for Linux (64 bit). The latest version is 1.0.9.

Note that you may need at least 4GB of RAM to generate shielded Zcash transactions.

The easiest way to download and get started with Zcash on Debian-based distributions is to use apt-get to install the package. The second easiest option is to install the binary tarball. Those interested in developing on Zcash or in verifying builds for themselves will want to build from source.

After you've downloaded Zcash using one of the options below, watch our install video for a step-by-step guide to getting started. Be sure to read our recommendations for protecting your privacy before you begin using Zcash.

Install Video

Debian package install instructions

The Zcash Company maintains a package repository for 64-bit Debian-based distributions, making it possible to install Zcash using "apt-get" from the command line.

First install the following dependency so you can talk to our repository using HTTPS:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

Then add the Zcash master signing key to apt's trusted keyring (Fingerprint: F1E2 1403 7E94 E950 BA85 77B2 63C4 A216 9C1B 2FA2):

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Add the repository to your sources:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] jessie main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zcash.list

Update the cache of sources and install Zcash:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install zcash

Now that Zcash is installed, run this command to download the parameters used to create and verify shielded transactions:


You'll need to create a zcash.conf file before starting zcashd for the first time:

echo "rpcuser=username" >> ~/.zcash/zcash.conf

echo "rpcpassword=`head -c 32 /dev/urandom | base64`" >> ~/.zcash/zcash.conf

To connect to the Zcash mainnet, add "mainnet=1" and "" to the file. To run Zcash on testnet, use "testnet=1" and "". To mine, add "gen=1".

Once you've configured your zcash.conf file, you can start the zcash daemon.


You'll have to wait for the blockchain to sync the first time you start it up. Once you've synced to the current blockheight, you can start using the zcash-cli to send and receive Zcash transactions!


For troubleshooting tips and instructions on how to download over Tor, visit the Debian package install guide on wiki page below.

Here's an example of how to use the Zcash command line to create a shielded transaction. First, create a shielded address (z-addr):

zcash-cli z_getnewaddress

You can send funds to this z-addr from a transparent address using the "sendtoaddress" command. Once you've funded your z-addr, send 0.8 ZEC to a friend's address using the commmand below.

zcash-cli z_sendmany "$ZADDR" "[{\"amount\": 0.8, \"address\": \"$FRIEND\"}]"

Use "zcash-cli help" to list all possible commands, and see our 1.0 User Guide for more examples of using the Zcash command line interface.