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Electrum - Lightweight Bitcoin client


Licence: MIT Licence Author: Thomas Voegtlin Language: Python (>= 3.6) Homepage:

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Getting started

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

you may download it here

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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,

_ 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

Due to the need for fast symmetric ciphers,

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

If you would like hardware wallet support, see


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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::


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:

in :code:
, so make sure that is on your :code:

Development version (git clone)

Check out the code from GitHub::

git clone 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

Finally, to start Electrum::


Creating Binaries

Linux (tarball)

See :code:


Linux (AppImage)

See :code:


Mac OS X / macOS

See :code:



See :code:



See :code:



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.


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

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