Building Beam


The following document is still under construction and is subject to changes

The following document decribes how to build Beam binaries from sources located at:


  1. Install Visual Studio >= 2017 with CMake support.

2. Download and install Boost prebuilt binaries boost-binaries/1.68.0/boost_1_68_0-msvc-14.1-64.exe, also add BOOST_ROOT to the Environment Variables.

  1. Download and install OpenSSL prebuilt binaries (Win64 OpenSSL v1.1.0h for example) and add OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR to the Environment Variables.
  2. Download and install QT 5.11 and add QT5_ROOT_DIR to the Environment Variables (usually it looks like …/5.11.0/msvc2017_64), also add QML_IMPORT_PATH (it should look like %QT5_ROOT_DIR%qml). BTW disabling system antivirus on Windows makes QT installing process much faster.
  3. Add …/qt511/5.11.1/msvc2017_64/bin and …/boost_1_68_0/lib64-msvc-14.1 to the System Path.
  4. Open project folder in Visual Studio, select your target (Release-x64 for example, if you downloaded 64bit Boost and OpenSSL) and select CMake -> Build All.
  5. Go to CMake -> Cache -> Open Cache Folder -> beam (you’ll find beam.exe in the beam subfolder, beam-wallet.exe in ui subfolder).

Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 and higher)

  1. Install gcc7 boost ssl packages.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt update
sudo apt install g++-7 libboost-all-dev libssl-dev -y

2. Set it up so the symbolic links gcc, g++ point to the newer version:

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-7 60 \
                         --slave /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-7
sudo update-alternatives --config gcc
gcc --version
g++ --version
  1. Install latest CMake
wget ""
sudo sh --skip-license --prefix=/usr
  1. Add proper QT 5.11 repository depending on your system (for example, choose Qt 5.10.1 for /opt Trusty if you have Ubuntu 14.04), install sudo apt-get install qt510declarative qt510svg packages and add export PATH=/opt/qt511/bin:$PATH.
  2. Go to Beam project folder and call cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release . && make -j4.
  3. You’ll find Beam binary in bin folder, beam-wallet in ui subfolder.


  1. Install Brew Package Manager.
  2. Install necessary packages using brew install openssl boost cmake qt5 command.
  3. Add export OPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=”/usr/local/opt/openssl” and export PATH=/usr/local/opt/qt/bin:$PATH to the Environment Variables.
  4. Go to Beam project folder and call cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release . && make -j4.
  5. You’ll find Beam binary in bin folder, beam-wallet in ui subfolder.


If you don’t want to build UI don’t install QT5 and add -DBEAM_NO_QT_UI_WALLET=On command line parameter when you are calling cmake.