Windows Installation Guide¶
This guide describes how to download, install and encrypt the GoByte Core wallet for Windows. The guide is written for Windows 10, but the steps should be similar for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
Downloading the GoByte Core wallet¶
Visit https://www.gobyte.network/downloads to download the latest GoByte Core wallet. In most cases, the website will properly detect which version you need. Click Download Installer to download the installer directly.
If detection does not work, you will need to manually choose your operating system and whether you need a 32 or 64 bit version. If you are unsure whether your version of Windows is 32 or 64 bit, you can check in Windows 10 under Start > Settings > System > About. For details on how to check this in other versions of Windows, see here.
Once you know which version you need, download the GoByte Core Installer to your computer from https://www.gobyte.network/downloads and save the file you downloaded to your Downloads folder.
Verifying GoByte Core¶
This step is optional, but recommended to verify the authenticity of the file you downloaded. This is done by checking its detached signature against the public key published by the GoByte Core development team. To download the detached signature, click the Installer Signature button on the wallet download page and save it to the same folder as the downloaded binary.
All releases of GoByte are signed using GPG by Antonio Moratti (or Hisyam Nasir)
with the key
9ED8 A2B0 A016 6C55, verifiable here on Keybase. Install Gpg4win if it is not already available on your
computer. Once it is installed, open the Kleopatra certificate
manager and click Lookup on Server. Type
Antonio Moratti in the
Find field and click Search. Verify the Key-ID matches the ID
above, then click Import.
Skip any requests to certify the certificate with your own key. Next,
click Decrypt/Verify… and select the detached signature file named
gobytecore-qt.exe.asc in the same folder as the
If you see the first line of the message reads
gobytecore-qt.exe.asc then you have an authentic copy
of GoByte Core for Windows.
Running the GoByte Core installer¶
Double-click the file to start installing GoByte Core.
At this point, you may see a warning from Windows SmartScreen that the app is unrecognized. You can safely skip past this warning by clicking More info, then Run anyway.
The installer will then guide you through the installation process.
Click through the following screens. All settings can be left at their default values unless you have a specific reason to change something.
Running GoByte Core for the first time¶
Once installation is complete, GoByte Core will start up immediately. If it does not, click Start > GoByte Core > GoByte Core to start the application. The first time the program is launched, you will be offered a choice of where you want to store your blockchain and wallet data. Choose a location with enough free space, as the blockchain can reach 30GB+ in size. It is recommended to use the default data folder if possible.
GoByte Core will then start up. This will take a little longer than usual the first time you run it, since GoByte Core needs to generate cryptographic data to secure your wallet.
Synchronizing GoByte Core to the GoByte network¶
Once GoByte Core is successfully installed and started, you will see the wallet overview screen. You will notice that the wallet is “out of sync”, and the status bar at the bottom of the window will show the synchronization progress.
During this process, GoByte Core will download a full copy of the GoByte blockchain from other nodes to your device. Depending on your internet connection, this may take a long time. If you see the message “No block source available”, check your internet connection. When synchronization is complete, you will see a small blue tick in the lower right corner.
You can now begin to use your wallet to send and receive funds.
Encrypting your GoByte wallet¶
After your wallet has synchronized with the GoByte network, it is strongly advised to encrypt the wallet with a password or passphrase to prevent unauthorized access. You should use a strong, new password that you have never used somewhere else. Take note of your password and store it somewhere safe or you will be locked out of your wallet and lose access to your funds.
To encrypt your wallet, click Settings > Encrypt Wallet.
You will be asked to enter and verify a password.
When the encryption process is complete, you will see a warning that past backups of your wallet will no longer be usable, and be asked to shut down GoByte Core. When you restart GoByte Core, you will see a small blue lock in the lower right corner.
You can now begin to use your wallet to safely send and receive funds.