GUI / monerod v0.13.0.3 does not start on Linux because of "./monero-wallet-gui: error while loading shared libraries: libhidapi-libusb.so.0". How do I resolve this particular issue?

  • I just installed libhidapi-libusb0 out of the software repository (Synaptic) in Ubuntu 16.04 and it works. – guest Oct 16 '18 at 7:32
  • I came across this error and the "sudo apt-get install libhidapi-dev" fixed it for me. Thanks, Debruyne, as always!!! – Marty Peterson Oct 18 '18 at 14:04
  • (This should be a comment, not an answer, but my reputation won't allow me to do that...) I'm pretty sure libhidapi-dev is only required to build from source. To run the binary, you only need libhidapi-libusb0. – Nathan Dorfman Oct 19 '18 at 4:35

To run Monero Wallet GUI/daemon

First, this error is caused by the absence of thelibhidapi library, which is required by Ledger. Two forms of this library exist, one each for use with the hidraw (USB/Bluetooth) and libusb (USB-only) backends, and the error message indicates that the latter is needed.

Fortunately, this error is quickly resolved by installing the package which includes it with your system's package manager. For the most common Linux distributions that would be as follows:

Debian-based [.deb] (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, elementary OS, etc.):

sudo apt install libhidapi-libusb0

Fedora-based [.rpm] (Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, PCLinuxOS, RHEL, etc.):

dnf install hidapi

Arch-based (Arch, Manjaro, Antergos, etc.):

pacman -S hidapi

Gentoo-based (Gentoo, Redcore, etc.):

emerge -atv dev-libs/hidapi

Slackware-based [.txz] (Slackware, VectorLinux, etc.):

Download package here

upgradepkg --install-new hidapi-0.8.0_rc1-x86_64-1_slonly.txz

Alpine Linux:

apk add hidapi

To build Monero Wallet GUI/daemon

If rather than simply trying to run the Monero wallet/daemon you were attempting to build it from source code, you would likely need an additional package which provides the header files for said library. The most common standard for those package names would be to append -dev to the packages listed above, however there are exceptions. Both Debian-based and Fedora-based distributions use the name libhidapi-dev in place of the packages specified above.


  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/9lcdme/preliminary_information_thread_regarding_the/e7ubtxp/

  2. Error while loading shared libraries: libhidapi-libusb.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/9ol2ic/gui_v01303_beryllium_bullet_released/e7vm7qj/

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