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Litecoin Core v0.16.3 Release

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We are pleased to release Litecoin Core 0.16.3 release. This is a new minor version release, including a very important security update. It is recommended for all users to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

How to Upgrade

If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the installer (on Windows) or just copy over /Applications/Litecoin-Qt (on Mac) or litecoind/litecoin-qt (on Linux).

The first time you run version 0.15.0 or newer, your chainstate database will be converted to a new format, which will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the speed of your machine.

Note that the block database format also changed in version 0.8.0 and there is no automatic upgrade code from before version 0.8 to version 0.15.0 or higher. Upgrading directly from 0.7.x and earlier without re-downloading the blockchain is not supported. However, as usual, old wallet versions are still supported.

Downgrading warning

Wallets created in 0.16 and later are not compatible with versions prior to 0.16 and will not work if you try to use newly created wallets in older versions. Existing wallets that were created with older versions are not affected by this.


Litecoin Core is extensively tested on multiple operating systems using the Linux kernel, macOS 10.8+, and Windows Vista and later. Windows XP is not supported.

Litecoin Core should also work on most other Unix-like systems but is not frequently tested on them.

Denial-of-Service vulnerability

A denial-of-service vulnerability (CVE-2018–17144) exploitable by miners has been discovered in Litecoin Core versions 0.14.0 up to 0.16.2. It is recommended to upgrade any of the vulnerable versions to 0.16.3 as soon as possible.

Download Binaries

To download, please visit the download page here. Alternatively, you can view the download folder here.

Please use GPG to verify the integrity of the release binaries. This ensures that the binary you have downloaded has not been tampered with. Linux, MacOS and Win32 cygwin command line GPG instructions are available here. Please also note that we GPG sign the binaries as a convenience to you, the ultimate way to verify the integrity of the builds is to build them yourself using Gitian. Instructions on how to perform these builds, can be found here.

For this release, the binaries have been signed with key identifier FE3348877809386C (thrasher’s key).


Despite this version being heavily tested, this version may still contain bugs. Always backup your wallet.dat file before upgrading. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by posting to the bug reporting section below.

Source code & Build instructions

The master branch contains the latest commits to the next stable releases of Litecoin Core.


Build instructions for Linux can be found here.

Build instructions for OSX can be found here.

Builds instructions for Windows can be found here.

Bug Reporting

Submit any issues you encounter here and one of the Litecoin developers will assist you.


Mailing Lists

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Hashes for verification

These are the SHA-256 hashes of the released files:

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fc6897265594985c1d09978b377d51a01cc13ee144820ddc59fbb7078f122f99 litecoin-0.16.3-arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.gz
eda8cdc0adbc4a0c7030aab9ec0a3d8a7d1837fafb52b6dfd934598ef9b08437 litecoin-0.16.3-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz
fe1a593ffb10fec817157903a49d8965c49594dda4021fb76cf7d341e5300e17 litecoin-0.16.3-osx64.tar.gz
b6dc248f58e17021276b59e2d5ab7498b5ca0ed14c5aab4fa3d43dedb61dcac1 litecoin-0.16.3-osx.dmg
0dccc577d704bd48226d11b749cca3bd7cadd23694ccbb15a87a0806704a69c3 litecoin-0.16.3.tar.gz
909114512e032da9540a445732bfa6968cfff0b169a63fdeaa21c7e069a7c562 litecoin-0.16.3-win32-setup.exe
472c1410ed61d06cd381da87a2fb329d10693d5a7c39ffefe770471decd3ade1 litecoin-0.16.3-win64-setup.exe
686d99d1746528648c2c54a1363d046436fd172beadaceea80bdc93043805994 litecoin-0.16.3-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz


Thanks to everyone who directly contributed to this release:

  • The Bitcoin Core Developers
  • Adrian Gallagher
  • aunyks
  • coblee
  • cryptonexii
  • gabrieldov
  • jmutkawoa
  • Martin Smith
  • NeMO84
  • ppm0
  • romanornr
  • shaolinfry
  • spl0i7
  • stedwms
  • ultragtx
  • VKoskiv
  • voidmain
  • wbsmolen
  • xinxi

And to those that reported security issues:

  • beardnboobies

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