Bitmessage How-to for Debian and Ubuntu Linux

By | 2013/07/26

Bitmessage is the hip new way to send encrypted messages directly to another person, or a group of persons. No server or middle man is involved!

Bitmessage is easy to setup and use. Here are some instructions for Debian or Ubuntu Linux:

First install some needed packages:

$ sudo apt-get install python openssl git python-qt4

Next download Bitmessage:

$ git clone $HOME/PyBitmessage

Finally, run Bitmessage:

$ cd $HOME/PyBitmessage/src/ && python

After the app starts, the first thing you will want to do is create a new Identity.

This can be done by clicking on Your Identities > New


I suggest to create a passphrase so you can use Bitmessage on another computer. Also click the check box at the bottom ‘Spend several minutes…’.


When complete, you will have your shiny new Bitmessage address! You can now send and receive Bitmessages. Be sure to connect to Bitmessage often to not miss any messages. You can be offline for up to two days. After that end pending messages trying to reach you will expire.


A test echo address you can send to is:


Feel free to send me a note via Bitmessage! My Bitmessage address is:


Bitmessage is pretty darn secure.