Go Ethereum, the official Go implementation of the Ethereum protocol, is available as the package.
Create an account with
geth account new.
The client can be started with
geth, and it will proceed to download several gigabytes of blockchain data. This will take a very long time. This time can be shortened with
$ geth --fast --cache=1024
Higher cache values appear to speed up the process more.
Optionally, start the client with
This console can then be attached-to from another terminal or remotely with
geth attach [hostname:port defaults to localhost].
To check balances in the console or attach modes, use
To start CPU mining, use
geth --mine. This is far less efficient than GPU mining, and ethereum.org does not recommend it.
GPU Mining with geth
GPU mining with geth has been discontinued.