Downloading and installing
To use Bisq, you must first download and install it. Most exchanges are centralized exchanges running on servers controlled by the exchange. Bisq is decentralized, running only on the desktops of Bisq users.
Bisq manages offers to trade using a peer-to-peer network. This is a global network made of users who are also running Bisq on their own computers.
Centralized services are easy to monitor, block, and shut down, while peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent, Bitcoin and Bisq are difficult to surveil, censor, shut down or hack.
All of this means that if you want to use the Bisq network, you must download and run the software on your own machine.
There's also a community-maintained Snap package for various Linux distributions.
|See install notes for various Linux distributions below.|
You can download the installer for your operating system and install Bisq right away, but we strongly recommend that you verify the integrity of your installer file first.
If you have issues, please check the Known issues with installation section in release notes.
Verify installer file
Any software that manages funds, signs transactions, and deals with highly sensitive data is a prime target for malware. Bisq does all three. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you verify the integrity of the installer file you use to install Bisq.
This verification is something that you should do for the initial Bisq install. After the initial install, you will be prompted to install updates through Bisq's interface. The Bisq software will verify the integrity of updates for you.
Bisq installer files are currently built and signed by Christoph Atteneder (ripcurlx). His public key ID is
29CDFD3B and fingerprint is
CB36 D7D2 EBB2 E35D 9B75 500B CD5D C1C5 29CD FD3B, which you can verify through commits on GitHub and on Keybase.
The full public key is available here on the Bisq website.
Obtain signature files for installer files
To verify your installer file is intact and as the developer intended, you will need the PGP signature file corresponding to the installer file you downloaded.
On the Bisq website's download page, download the PGP signature file for the installer file you downloaded before.
If you prefer to download from GitHub, you will see the
.asc file for your installer in the assets section of the release along with the installer file itself.
In either case, the filename for the
.asc you download should be identical to the filename for the installer file, just with
.asc appended (e.g., signature file for
Bisq-1.2.7.dmg would be
Once you've got the installer file and its corresponding signature file, proceed to the directions for your operating system below.
Once you have downloaded the installer file and corresponding signature file:
Download ripcurlx's public key
Download ripcurlx's public key here on the Bisq website.
Download and install Gpg4win
Windows does not come with GPG software installed by default, so you will need to install it in order to verify Bisq's installer files.
You can get Gpg4win here.
Double-click the installer file and proceed to install with all default settings.
Import ripcurlx's public key
In Kleopatra, import ripcurlx's public key file
29CDFD3B.asc. Select No if asked to mark the certificate as valid.
Verify the signature of the binary you downloaded
signature-file.exe.asc in the same directory, double-click on the
You should see a Kleopatra window pop up with a green progress bar that says "Verified .exe with .exe.asc". The program will continue to say "The data could not be verified" in bold but you can disregard that message.
This means the installer file we downloaded is intact and as intended. You can proceed to install Bisq by double-clicking the
macOS and Linux
Once you've downloaded the installer file and corresponding signature file:
Import ripcurlx's public key
curl https://bisq.network/pubkey/29CDFD3B.asc | gpg --import
You might see an ominous sounding warning along the lines of "This key is not certified with a trusted signature". This basically means that none of the public keys on your machine have signed the key you just imported. It also means that you have not explicitly indicated you trust this key yourself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but please see more about what this means here. In short, you can verify the integrity of this key by cross-referencing ripcurlx's Bisq commit signatures and Keybase profile.
Verify the signature of the binary you downloaded
If you are not familiar with GPG (a free open source version of PGP) you probably need to install GPG command line tools first. Following instructions are taken from https://blog.ghostinthemachines.com/2015/03/01/how-to-use-gpg-command-line.
The easiest way to install the GPG command line tools on your Mac is to first install Homebrew, a package management system that makes thousands of software packages available for install on your Mac.
Open a Terminal window (Applications > Utilities menu), then enter the following command.
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
When that’s complete, install the GPG software package with the following command.
brew install gnupg
With the installer file and installer signature file in the same directory, run:
gpg --digest-algo SHA256 --verify SIGNATURE-FILE.asc
SIGNATURE-FILE.asc is the filename of the
.asc file you just downloaded.
gpg: directory '/Users/bisq/.gnupg' created gpg: keybox '/Users/bisq/.gnupg/pubring.kbx' created gpg: can't open 'SIGNATURE-FILE.asc': No such file or directory gpg: verify signatures failed: No such file or directory
In this case, you haven't replaced
SIGNATURE-FILE.asc with the actual signature file you want to use e.g.
gpg: can't open 'Bisq-1.6.4.dmg.asc': No such file or directory
In this case, you either haven't downloaded the signature file already or you are not in the correct directory. You can run
pwd to see the path you are in.
If you want to switch to the directory, where the downloaded files are you can use the `cd` command and switch to the correct directory by typing e.g.
cd ~/Downloads(switching to the download directory on macOS). To list all files in the current directory you can enter
ls -la in your console.
gpg: assuming signed data in 'Bisq-1.6.4.dmg' gpg: Signature made Thu May 6 13:32:43 2021 EDT gpg: using RSA key CB36D7D2EBB2E35D9B75500BCD5DC1C529CDFD3B gpg: issuer "firstname.lastname@example.org" gpg: Can't check signature: No public key</nowiki>
In this case, you have not imported the public key successfully. Please follow the guide above on how to import the public key for verification.
You should see output that looks something like:
gpg: Signature made Thu 13 Feb 2020 01:38:03 PM EST gpg: using RSA key CB36D7D2EBB2E35D9B75500BCD5DC1C529CDFD3B gpg: issuer ... gpg: Good signature from "Christoph Atteneder ..."
Great, this means the installer file we downloaded is intact and as intended.
Verify jar file after installation
As one last check, you can verify the hash of the jar file after installing Bisq.
On macOS, the default location of the jar file is:
On Linux, the default location of the jar file is:
Get the hash of the jar file with:
shasum -a256 /path/to/jar/file/jar-name.jar
The hash you get should match the hash in the
.jar.txt file in the release assets.
Build from source
Building Bisq from source requires only a single command once you have the correct JDK installed on your machine.
Finding and installing the correct JDK can sometimes be frustrating, so Bisq's developers have written scripts to make it easier:
OS-specific install notes
Bisq works with a number of Linux distros, but not all desktop environments are supported.
These are all known compatible desktop environments. This is a growing list. If you find another compatible desktop, please inform us so it can be added.
- KDE Plasma
Bisq might not work properly if you switch from the original desktop environment of your Linux distribution to a different one.
Note: users with discrete GPUs may encounter issues launching Bisq in some desktop environments.
- From the command line, clone the repository from AUR.
- Then from the cloned directory, run
makepkg -si. This will read the PKGBUILD file to download, verify, build, and install the various tools necessary to install Bisq.
Please be advised: when you're using AUR, you're responsible for your own safety. Be sure to verify the PKGBUILD file.
Please see Running Bisq on Tails for details on downloading, installing, and configuring Bisq on Tails.
Please see Running Bisq on Qubes for a detailed Qubes setup guide.