How would one get Ethereum to run on a raspberry pi zero?

  • This question is too broad. Could you specify which part you don't understand, e.g., space limitiations, or architecture issues, or compiling with low resources available?
    – q9f
    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:09

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The Raspberry Pi Zero might not have enough resources (memory/disk/cpu) to download the entire blockchain and be used as a full node. If you just want to use it for generating accounts (maybe as part of a cold wallet), you could:

  1. Go to the go-ethereum v1.3.3 release page (or whatever is currently stable)

  2. Download "geth-ARM-20160105140454-1.3.3-c541b38.tar.bz2" on your Raspberry Pi Zero

  3. Untar. tar -xvf geth-ARM-20160105140454-1.3.3-c541b38.tar.bz2

  4. Run geth as you would normally at the console. (geth account new for instance.)

If this doesn't work (I'm not sure on the compatibility between ARM architectures with various rPIs), you may need to custom compile it.

  • Ethereum is available in the Arch User Repositories. Easier than compiling.
    – q9f
    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:07
  • @5chdn I didn't see an ARM binary on that page.
    – linagee
    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:35

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