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Electrum - Lightweight Bitcoin client

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Licence: MIT Licence Author: Thomas Voegtlin Language: Python (>= 3.6) Homepage: https://electrum.org/

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Getting started

(If you've come here looking to simply run Electrum,

you may download it here
_.)

.. _you may download it here: https://electrum.org/#download

Electrum itself is pure Python, and so are most of the required dependencies, but not everything. The following sections describe how to run from source, but here is a TL;DR::

sudo apt-get install libsecp256k1-0
python3 -m pip install --user .[gui,crypto]

Not pure-python dependencies

If you want to use the Qt interface, install the Qt dependencies::

sudo apt-get install python3-pyqt5

For elliptic curve operations,

libsecp256k1
_ is a required dependency::
sudo apt-get install libsecp256k1-0

Alternatively, when running from a cloned repository, a script is provided to build libsecp256k1 yourself::

sudo apt-get install automake libtool
./contrib/make_libsecp256k1.sh

Due to the need for fast symmetric ciphers,

cryptography
_ is required. Install from your package manager (or from pip)::
sudo apt-get install python3-cryptography

If you would like hardware wallet support, see

this
_.

.. _libsecp256k1: https://github.com/bitcoin-core/secp256k1 .. _pycryptodomex: https://github.com/Legrandin/pycryptodome .. _cryptography: https://github.com/pyca/cryptography .. _this: https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum-docs/blob/master/hardware-linux.rst

Running from tar.gz

If you downloaded the official package (tar.gz), you can run Electrum from its root directory without installing it on your system; all the pure python dependencies are included in the 'packages' directory. To run Electrum from its root directory, just do::

./run_electrum

You can also install Electrum on your system, by running this command::

sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools python3-pip
python3 -m pip install --user .

This will download and install the Python dependencies used by Electrum instead of using the 'packages' directory. It will also place an executable named :code:

electrum
in :code:
~/.local/bin
, so make sure that is on your :code:
PATH
variable.

Development version (git clone)

Check out the code from GitHub::

git clone git://github.com/spesmilo/electrum.git
cd electrum
git submodule update --init

Run install (this should install dependencies)::

python3 -m pip install --user -e .

Create translations (optional)::

sudo apt-get install python-requests gettext
./contrib/pull_locale

Finally, to start Electrum::

./run_electrum

Creating Binaries

Linux (tarball)

See :code:

contrib/build-linux/sdist/README.md
.

Linux (AppImage)

See :code:

contrib/build-linux/appimage/README.md
.

Mac OS X / macOS

See :code:

contrib/osx/README.md
.

Windows

See :code:

contrib/build-wine/README.md
.

Android

See :code:

contrib/android/Readme.md
.

Contributing

Any help testing the software, reporting or fixing bugs, reviewing pull requests and recent changes, writing tests, or helping with outstanding issues is very welcome. Implementing new features, or improving/refactoring the codebase, is of course also welcome, but to avoid wasted effort, especially for larger changes, we encourage discussing these on the issue tracker or IRC first.

Besides

GitHub
, most communication about Electrum development happens on IRC, in the :code:
#electrum
channel on Libera Chat. The easiest way to participate on IRC is with the web client,
web.libera.chat
.

.. _web.libera.chat: https://web.libera.chat/#electrum .. _GitHub: https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum

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