I want to install geth 1.5.9 but I find only geth 1.6.0! How can I install geth with this specific version?


Using sudo apt-get install ethereum will pull the latest release from the official repository, which at the time of writing is version 1.6.0.

If you want to get your hands on an older version, you have two options:

  • download the pre-built binaries/packages from the Downloads page, or
  • download the source from the relevant version's entry in the Releases page (under the Downloads section), and build yourself.


In theory, you should also be able to use apt to get an older version by specifying the version in the command. For example:

sudo apt-get install ethereum=1.5.9

However, I can't actually see any older version in the repository itself, and the version names are probably too complex to guess given they contain the build number (e.g. 1.6.0+build9491+zesty).

  • If I download from the download page! how can I find the ~\.ethereum to delete the history and create my private network? – takampika Apr 26 '17 at 19:45
  • I have tried "sudo apt-get install ethereum="1.5.9+build8841+trusty" but it doesn't works :/ – takampika Apr 26 '17 at 19:47
  • I'd just download the newer version of Geth from the Downloads page and copy it over the the top of the old one (/usr/bin/geth). – Richard Horrocks Apr 26 '17 at 19:48
  • Yes it is removed because only 1.6.0 is displayed apt-cache showpkg ethereum Package: ethereum Versions: 1.6.0+build9491+trusty (/var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_ethereum_ethereum_ubuntu_dists_trusty_main_binary-amd64_Packages) – takampika Apr 26 '17 at 19:52
  • Okay, so it's definitely not in the repository. You'll have to use one of the other methods. – Richard Horrocks Apr 26 '17 at 19:53

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