I am a complete novice when it comes to running Monero-related software, and have only used MyMomero and Exchanges thus far.

I now intend to dive into this area, and set up my own Monero Node.

As I do not have any spare computer I can use for this, I will have to acquire one first.

And now for the question; which operation software would be easiest to use when setting up a Monero Node for the first time?

Linux, Windows or macOS / OS X?

2 Answers 2


If you run the provided binaries, it should be the same on all platforms, whereas if you plan to build from source, it's easier to use docker. I find it easier to use docker on linux over windows because there is no need to add a port forwarding to the VM.

BTW, you don't need a dedicated hardware. Once the blockchain is fully synced, it doesn't consume much ressources.


The easiest to use would probably be Windows, where all you need to do is download the .zip, extract it, and then run bitmonero.exe. It will take a little while to sync with the network on any OS (mostly depending on hard drive speed), but once it is synced, it uses only a small amount of resources.

If you intend to use the computer only for Monero, it is best to use the Monerodo OS which is a build of Ubuntu specialized for Monero.

  • If you are downloading the binaries, it's this simple regardless of OS. So for ease of use, the answer is basically use whatever you are comfortable with. Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 0:45

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