How to Install Electrum Bitcoin Wallet on Linux

Electrum bitcoin wallet is free and open source bitcoin wallet software released under the MIT license, available for Linux, Windows, OS X and Android. It’s installed on the Tails Linux distribution by default.

This tutorial is going to show you how to install and use Electrum Bitcoin wallet on Linux including Debian ,Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, CentOS, Fedora, openSUSE, Arch Linux, Manjaro, Apricity OS.

Electrum wallet has more features than the Bitcoin Core wallet. Some of the features are as follows:

  • Lightweight and fastLightweight and fast
  • Using the Electrum wallet from different devices
  • You are not required to download the blockchain.
  • Electrum automatically generates new receiving addresses for you to use.
  • mBTC is used as the default base unit in Electrum.
  • Two factor authentication
  • Support segwit and payment channels, RBF (replace by fee) and multisig hardware wallets
  • and more

How to Install Electrum Bitcoin Wallet on Linux

The latest stable version is 2.7.12, released on November 9, 2016. It’s included in the Python package index. First install pip – the Python package manager and PyQt4 package.

Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint/PCLinuxOS

sudo apt install python-pip python-qt4

CentOS/Redhat/Fedora

sudo yum install python-pip PyQt4   or     sudo dnf install python-pip PyQt4

openSUSE

sudo zypper install python-pip python-qt4

Then use pip to install Electrum bitcoin wallet.

sudo pip install https://download.electrum.org/2.7.12/Electrum-2.7.12.tar.gz

Arch Linux/Manjaro/Apricity OS users can install it from repository.

sudo pacman -S electrum

Once that’s done, start Electrum by typing in electrum command in terminal or from your app launcher.

electrum ubuntu 16.04

Initial Setup

Upon first launch, a setup wizard appears. The first question lets you choose the way of connecting to a server. This tutorial selects the easy one: auto connect.

electrum wallet

Next, select the type of wallet you want. We will choose Standard wallet.

  • Standard wallet is the most common type.
  • Wallet with two factor authentication provides stronger security.
  • Multi-sign wallet is a wallet that requires multiple person to authorize a bitcoin payment.
  • Watch bitcoin address allows you to monitor the balance of the address but it doesn’t allow you to spend the bitcoins.

watch only bitcoin address

Then, select create a new seed if you never used Electrum bitcoin wallet before.

electrum seed

In the next step, you will see your private and unique seed. Copy it to your system clipboard and also save it at a secure place. (Don’t worry. the seed in screenshot isn’t my real seed.)

electrum bitcoin seed

Then paste your seed in the next window.

electrum bitcoin wallet seed

After that, you can optionally encrypt your wallet keys with a password.

electrum encrypt wallet

Now you shall have a new Electrum bitcoin address. Contrary to Bitcoin Core, Electrum requires no local copy of the blockchain, so you can starting sending and receiving bitcoin right away.

electrum bitcoin address

That’s it!

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