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Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

BitKey is a Debian-based live distribution containing specialist utilities to perform highly secure air-gapped Bitcoin transactions. It contains a swiss army knife of handy Bitcoin tools that support a wide range of usage models, including a few very secure ones which would otherwise be difficult to perform. The system boots into one of the three available modes: "cold-offline" - for creating a wallet and signing transactions; "cold-online" - for watching the wallet and preparing transactions; "hot-online" - standard usage but less secure as the private keys are known to the computer which is connected to the internet. BitKey also provides tools for generating "brainwallets", for the most paranoid of Bitcoin users. The live CD provides a simple desktop based on the Metacity window manager with quick links to the Bitcoin tools and Chromium for web browsing.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 266 (23), 6 months: 273 (23), 3 months: 274 (23), 4 weeks: 275 (24), 1 week: 272 (24)

Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 2 review(s).

BitKey Summary
Distribution BitKey
Home Page https://bitkey.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://bitkey.io/#usage
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://bitkey.io/#download
Bug Tracker https://github.com/bitkey/bitkey/issues
Related Websites GitHub.com
Reviews 14.x: LinuxInsider
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2017-05-23: Distribution Release: BitKey 14.2.0
 • 2017-01-21: Distribution Release: BitKey 14.1.0
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Feature 14.2.0-1.13
Release Date 2018-04-16
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 700-800
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Metacity
Package Management DEB
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems  
Multilingual en
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List 14.2.0-1.13
Package 14.2.0-1.13
abiword (3.0.4) --
alsa-lib ( 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.3
bind (9.15.8) --
chromium (80.0.3987.106) 57.0.2987.98
cups (2.3.1) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.2) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.42.12
firefox (73.0) --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.5.2
gcc (9.2.0) --
gimp (2.10.14) --
glibc (2.31) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.34.4) --
gnucash (3.8b) --
gnumeric (1.12.46) --
grub (2.04) --
gtk (3.24.14) 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.41) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.12.2) --
kmod (26) 18
krita (  
libreoffice (6.4.0) --
linux (5.5.4) 3.16.51
Package 14.2.0-1.13
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.12) --
mate-desktop (1.24.0) --
mesa (19.3.4) 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.19) --
nautilus (3.34.2) --
NVIDIA (440.59) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (13.0.1) --
openssh (8.2p1) --
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.1t
perl (5.30.1) 5.20.2
php (7.4.2) --
plasma-desktop (5.18.0) --
postfix (3.4.9) --
postgresql (12.2) --
Python (3.8.1) 2.7.9
qt (5.14.1) 5.3.2
samba (4.11.6) --
systemd (244) 215
thunderbird (68.5.0) --
vim (8.2) 7.4
vlc (3.0.8) --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) --
xorg-server (1.20.7) 1.16.4

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Version: 14.2.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-10-01
Votes: 2

Very impressive OS. Needs wallets that can hold Altcoins.

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Version: 14.2.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-03-28
Votes: 10

Good concept, lot's of very useful features. This distro, currently (28/3/2018), badly needs an update though.

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