Under Mac when I try to run "geth", I get the error "command not found".

Mist is installed and in use..

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No. Mist includes geth.

The reason you're getting the command not found error is because geth is not recognized by your command line path. Running Mist will automatically start the local copy of geth.

  • Perhaps not completely relevant for the OP, but 32-bit Linux Mist doesn't include geth. (Unsure about 32-bit Windows.) May 5, 2016 at 15:04
  • Even though mist includes geth, don't you still need to install the command line interface in order to run geth commands?
    – tayvano
    May 5, 2016 at 16:45
  • @tayvano I haven't tried it, but I assume you can invoke the geth application included with mist that same as the standalone version. I don't believe there's a difference between the two versions
    – dbryson
    May 5, 2016 at 17:43
  • @dbryson I believe you are right. I think the only issue is that sometimes users type geth --fast and get a command not found. It's not because geth isn't installed, it's because the command line interface isn't installed so typing geth... isn't recognized / calling the installed geth.
    – tayvano
    May 5, 2016 at 17:49
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    @tayvano No problem. BTW nice work on MyEtherWallet
    – dbryson
    May 5, 2016 at 18:06

[An addendum to the main answer concerning the Mac implementation of Geth.]

Not all implementations of Mist explicitly include Geth.

If you're using the pre-built packages on the Releases page, the 32-bit versions for Linux and Windows don't include Geth, whereas the 64-bit versions do. (As does the Mac version.) In the case of the 32-bit versions, Geth should be installed separately.

See this previous thread: How do I install Mist from the pre-built binaries on 32-bit Linux?

  • I just downloaded Mist-win64-0.8.6 and it looks like geth is no longer included; just eth?
    – rkagerer
    Oct 16, 2016 at 20:25

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