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I started the monerod in the command line so I can see the daemon output, but how do I connect to this daemon using the gui? Or should I just start the daemon in the gui instead?

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If you run a monerod from the same directory as the GUI, the GUI will automatically connect to it. Doing so will enable you to use the GUI with a local daemon and to see the daemon output. In sum, you should perform the following steps on Linux / Mac OS X:

  1. Browse to the directory you extracted the GUI binaries to.

  2. Open a new terminal.

  3. Type ./monerod.

  4. Open another terminal.

  5. Type ./start-gui.sh (Linux). On Mac OS X you should be able to double click on monero-wallet-gui.

On Windows the steps are similar. That is:

  1. Browse to the directory you extracted the GUI binaries to.

  2. Double click on monerod.exe.

  3. Double click on monero-wallet-gui.exe.


I am not entirely sure if the GUI will also connect to a daemon that is started from a different directory, but I think it will.

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    A different directory is fine, but ip address (localhost or 127.0.0.1) & port number need to be correct and the daemon needs to enable RPC of course :-) – Jonathan Cross Sep 21 '17 at 14:23
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I have not used the GUI because I could not get my wallet to sync correctly. This was the first GUI released - I have not tried another GUI release since.

However, from what I remember you only need to launch the GUI and a daemon starts automatically for you.

Hope this helps!

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Letting the GUI start its own monerod is the easiest, but you can also configure the GUI to connect to a local or remote monerod. It should connect to a local monerod automatically (at IP address 127.0.0.1 and port 18081) if not, you can check your GUI configuration, make sure the daemon is accepting RPC connections, etc.

More info about ports here: https://monero.stackexchange.com/a/635/1023

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