How to Install and Use Atomic Wallet on Linux

Atomic wallet is a universal multi-assets cryptocurrency wallet. It can run on Linux, macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. In this tutorial I will be showing you how to install and use Atomic Wallet on Linux, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Fedora, CentOS/RHEL, OpenSUSE, and Arch Linux.

Atomic Wallet Features

  • Supports over 500 coins and tokens (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, etc). You need only one password to rule them all.
  • It allows you to add any ERC-20 tokens to your wallet.
  • You can buy cryptocurrencies in the wallet with credit card (identity verification is need).
  • Your private keys are encrypted on your device by default with a password.
  • No need to download and sync blockchain on your computer.
  • It supports atomic swap, which allows instant, peer-to-peer crypto exchange without paying fees and giving up control of private key to a centralized exchange.
  • You can receive free tokens by participating in its AirDrop campaign.
  • You can stake POS coins and tokens inside the wallet to get rewards.

How to Install Atomic Wallet on Linux

Go to Atomic Wallet website and download the installer for your Linux distribution. There’s a deb package for Debian, RPM package for Fedora, and AppImage for Ubuntu. In fact, the AppImage can run on many other Linux distributions, like Arch Linux, CentOS/RHEL, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE. So I will show you how to use AppImage.

Despite my attempt, I didn’t manage to get Atomic Wallet running on Debian. The AppImage and the deb package both failed.

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Click the Ubuntu button to download the AppImage. If your web browser ask you the following question, you should choose to save the file.

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Then go to the download destination folder. Right-click the AppImage file and select Properties from the context menu.

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Next, select the Permissions tab and tick on Allow executing file as program.

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After that, simply double-click the AppImage file and Atomic Wallet will be running. I found that if you have never run AppImage on your system before, then it will probably take about 30 seconds ~ 1 minute for launching the app the first time.

Once it’s running, click the NEW WALLET button to create new wallet.

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You will need to set a password to encrypt the private keys. After setting a password, it will load the wallets (Loading Ethereum wallet can take a while.) and create a backup seed phrase.


I recommend keeping your password and backup phrase in a local password manager, like KeepPassXC, then you can export your password database in an encrypted form from the KeepPassXC interface to a USB flash drive or external hard drive.

To install KeepPassXC on your Linux distribution, run the following command.

Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Elementary OS

sudo apt install keeppassxc

Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S keepassxc


sudo dnf install keepassxc


sudo zypper install keepassxc

If you are using CentOS/RHEL, you can install keepassxc as a snap.

Atomic will create a private/public key pair for every coin and token supported by Atomic. The public key is the address you give to others when receiving money and the private key is like a password to your asset on the blockchain.

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How to Receive Free Tokens

Go to Settings -> Airdrop tab, and sign up to receive free 10 Atomic Wallet Coin (AWC) Tokens. You can use my promo code 14G7MS to receive an additional 5 tokens. Then you need to verify your email address in order to receive the tokens. AWC is currently valued at around $0.07, so you will receive $1.05.

atomic wallet airdrop

After verification, you will also receive an email with instructions on the airdrop rules. You will need to deposit at least 1 BNB (Binance coin) or 50 AWC on your Atomic Wallet to receive airdrop. The email will show your BNB address, which is the same BNB address you can find in your Atomic Wallet. You can also use your own promo code to invite others to use Atomic Wallet.

How to Export Private Keys

If you would like to use a particular crypto-currency on its dedicated wallet, you can go to Settings -> Private Keys and enter your password to reveal the private key. Then you can copy the private key and import it to another wallet. For example, you can copy your Bitcoin private key and import it to Bitcoin Core wallet or the Electrum wallet.

atomic wallet export privat keys

Cons of Atomic Wallet

First, you can’t import your existing private keys from other wallets to Atomic Wallet.

Then there’s high transaction fee for buying cryptocurrency. This service is provided by Simplex. You need to pay a 5% fee (minimal 10USD). The fee was used to be 2%. And the purchase amount needs to be at least 50 USD. I recommend buying cryptocurrency with Changelly, instead of using the Simplex service, because Changelly charges a 0.25% fee.

If I spend 50 USD buying Binance coin with Simplex, I get 2.46311845 BNB.

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If I spend 50 USD buying Binance coin with Changelly, I get 3.18 BNB.

changelly buy cryptocurrency with credit card

How to Upgrade Atomic Wallet on Linux

If a new version of Atomic Wallet comes out, simply download the new AppImage file, give it execute permission, double-click it and you will be using the latest version.

How to Restore Your Wallet

What if your computer is stolen? In this case, you can restore your wallet with your backup phrase. Download the Atomic Wallet AppImage file on another computer, give it execute permission, and double-click to run it. Then click the Restore from backup button, enter your backup phrase and password. Wait for it to load the wallet and you are done.

Wrapping Up

I hope this tutorial helped you install and use Atomic Wallet on Linux. As always, if you found this post useful,  subscribe to our free newsletter to get more tips and tricks. Take care 🙂

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7 Responses to “How to Install and Use Atomic Wallet on Linux

  • Dear Xiao,

    I installed Atomic on my Ubuntu 18.04 yesterday. I didn’t use the AppImage package, instead I
    downloaded the .deb package (for Debian), it is fully compatible with Ubuntu.
    The installation process was very simple, like any .deb package, and it is working fine now.

  • Biene716
    4 years ago


    Can I install Atomicwallet on Raspberry Pi?

  • Ciypher
    4 years ago

    Ubuntu distro uses AppImage and Debian distro uses .deb packages. Ubuntu is based on Debian so that is why (if it worked) you were able to install the .deb package on Ubuntu.

    To be safe Ubuntu users should use the AppImage version.

  • RosesStore-DW
    3 years ago

    Debian is easy,

    ~Download the .deb file ->

    ~Set path where the .deb file is stored ->
    cd /home/user/Downloads/

    ~Locate file ->
    ls atomicwallet.deb

    ~Run installation ->
    sudo dpkg -i atomicwallet.deb

    It seems working for me

  • al intentar instalar en debian, me arroja el siguiente error:
    Could not parse file “/usr/share/applications/screensavers/glitchpeg.desktop”: Key file contains line ?several times a second. After a while, finds a new image to corrupt. Written by Jamie Zawinski; 2018.? which is not a key-value pair, group, or comment

  • You say it supports atomic swap but it looks to me like they still use a 3rd party for the swaps…

  • Schlegel
    1 month ago

    Gute Beschreibung. Leider wurde die Airdrop Funktion abgeschafft.

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