The RaspiBlitz is a Bitcoin and Lightning node, in a fun and reliable package. It has 1-click install for many apps & services like Sphinx-Relay, Ride the Lightning, BTCPayServer, Specter Desktop, and many more.

This guide walks you through the process of building your very own.

Build a RaspiBlitz

This guide is made-up of four major components:

  1. Parts
  2. Flash RaspiBlitz onto SD Card
  3. Build the Hardware
  4. Install the Software

Your primary interactions for setting up the RaspiBlitz will be over SSH. This can be a little intimidating if you are not familiar with the Linux terminal — but know that it will be a great experience to have under your belt.


I’ve built a RaspiBlitz running v1.6.3 with these parts and can confirm that everything just works out of the box.

The LCD Display is optional; it’s a nice touch for the RaspiBlitz, I highly recommend it. The display I use in this guide is compatible with the RaspiBlitz out of the box. No special set-up needed.

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Flash RaspiBlitz onto SD Card

We are preparing the SD card with the RaspiBlitz OS, to have it ready to go into the RaspiBlitz when we build it next.

  • Download the latest version of RaspiBlitz.
  • Verify the signature (OS X instructions).
  • Download Balena Etcher.
  • Install Balena Etcher.
  • Burn the RaspiBlitz update image onto the new SD card.
    1. Flash from file
    2. Select file you just downloaded i.e. raspiblitz-v1.6.3-2021-01-13.img.gz
    3. Select target: the SD card.
    4. Flash!

Verify the signature

  • Download GPG Suite.
  • To verify that the download was actually signed by rootzoll you need to use GPG and import the following public key:
curl | gpg --import
  • After this download the “signature file” for the sd card image. It’s the same download link as for the image file - just added a .sig at the end. You should also find the download link for the signature file always in the README right below the image download link following the SIGNATURE link.
  • Now that you have all three elements needed — the imported public key, the image signature and the image file itself — you can verify the download with:


Downloads ❯ gpg --verify raspiblitz-v1.6.3-2021-01-13.img.gz.sig raspiblitz-v1.6.3-2021-01-13.img.gz
gpg: Signature made Mon Nov 30 16:48:41 2020 PST
gpg:                using RSA key C0EE614531A416B4CDB7A2D7AA9DD1B5CC5647DA
gpg: Good signature from "Christian Rotzoll <>" [unknown]
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: 92A7 46AE 33A3 C186 D014  BF5C 1C73 060C 7C17 6461
     Subkey fingerprint: C0EE 6145 31A4 16B4 CDB7  A2D7 AA9D D1B5 CC56 47DA

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Build the Hardware

Now we have to assemble the RaspiBlitz. Take it one step at a time. Trust the process.

1. Unscrew the Lightning Shell

Remove the four screws that hold together the lightning shell.

Unscrew the Lightning Shell

2. Prep the Raspberry Pi to install the Armor Heatsink

Place heatsink tape on top of Raspberry Pi chips, to insulate from direct contact with the Armor Heatsink, which we are about to install.

Prep the Raspberry Pi to install the Armor Heatsink

3. Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Insert the screws with a slight tork. You will place the Raspberry Pi and Armor Heatsink on the other side next and line them up with the screws.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

4. Secure the Raspberry Pi and Armor Heatsink

Note that we won’t use the bottom part of the Armor Case when installing in the lightning shell.

Place the Raspberry Pi and line it up with the screws you prepared in the previous step. Place Armor Heatsink on top, also lining up the holes for the screws. Secure it all in place by torking the screws. I suggest you get all four screws in a bit before you tighthen them all the way.

Double check to make sure everything is secured in place properly and nothing is crooked.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

5. Prep lightning shell to stick the hard drive

Measure the spots for placing the hard drive tape. Make sure the hard drive can stick flush to the port outlet. Stick the hard drive tape to the case where the hard drive will sit.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

6. Install Hard Drive

Simply stick the hard drive in place on the tape. Apply some pressure to make sure it is secured in place.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

7. Install LCD Display

Insert LCD into the Raspberry Pi 40-Pin GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) header.

Note that we have also placed and lined up the third layer of the Lightning shell before installing the LCD display.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Make sure to line-up the ports on the left.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Make sure the LCD display is inserted flush.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

8. Insert SD Card in RaspiBlitz

Insert the 32GB SD Card into the Raspberry Pi. This is the SD card that we prepared at the very beginning of the guide.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

9. Close-up the Lightning Case

Now that all the components are installed and secured in place, let’s stack the lightning shell and screw it closed. Hard drive bay at the bottom, Raspberry Pi and LCD display on top — note that the ports are all on the same side.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Place the top layer of the lightning shell and make sure the screw holes line up all the way down through the layers.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Screw the lightning shell closed by torking the screws. I suggest you make sure the case and screws are all lined up properly by lightly torking each screw first, then secure them all the way.

Insert screws that will secure Raspberry Pi

Install the Software

1. Power up the RaspiBlitz

Plug-in the hard drive, ethernet, and power cables.

2. SSH into the RaspiBlitz

The IP address will show-up on the LCD display i.e.

ssh admin@

The default password is raspiblitz.

3. The RaspiBlitz will self-diagnose

RaspiBlitz will self-diagnose

After it’s done with the diagnostics, it will confirm success.

RaspiBlitz self-diagnose success

4. Choose Bitcoin and Lightning

Choose node type

5. Give your node a name

6. Set passwords (A), (B), and (C)

Make sure you write these down and store them securely.

  • Password (A) is the SSH password.
  • Password (B) is the RPC password.
  • Password (C) is the Lightning wallet password.

7. Choose privacy level

I strongly recommend going over Tor, unless you really know what you’re doing. Going over your Public IP exposes a lot of information, this can include your exact location based on your IP.

Privacy level

8. Format the Hard Drive

Choose to format hard drive

The set-up process will provide feedback while partitioning and formatting the hard drive.

Hard drive formatted

9. Initial Block Download (IBD)

This is the step where you download a copy of the Bitcoin blockchain to your node. If this is your first node, choose SYNC.

If you have another Node running you can expedite this process by downloading over you local network using rsync, in this case choose COPY.

Note that the IBD can take a few days to complete. As of the time of this writing it will need to download >350 GB of data.

Hard drive formatted

10. Set-up new or restore Lightning Wallet

If you set-up a new wallet, make sure the back-up the 24-word seed phrase securely. The RaspiBlitz refers to the seed as Password (D).

Set-up new or restore Lightning Wallet

11. Reboot

Set-up new or restore Lightning Wallet

12. SSH back in

ssh admin@

Use Password (A).

12. Unlock your lightning wallet using Password (C)

13. You’re done. Bliss.


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