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Electrum - Lightweight Bitcoin client

Licence: MIT Licence
Author: Thomas Voegtlin
Language: Python
Homepage: https://electrum.org/
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Getting started

Electrum is a pure python application. If you want to use the Qt interface, install the Qt dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python-qt4

If you downloaded the official package (tar.gz), you can run Electrum from its root directory, without installing it on your system; all the 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:

python setup.py install

This will download and install the Python dependencies used by Electrum, instead of using the 'packages' directory.

If you cloned the git repository, you need to compile extra files before you can run Electrum. Read the next section, "Development Version".

Development version

Check out the code from Github:

git clone git://github.com/spesmilo/electrum.git
cd electrum

Run install (this should install dependencies):

python setup.py install

Compile the icons file for Qt:

sudo apt-get install pyqt4-dev-tools
pyrcc4 icons.qrc -o gui/qt/icons_rc.py

Compile the protobuf description file:

sudo apt-get install protobuf-compiler
protoc --proto_path=lib/ --python_out=lib/ lib/paymentrequest.proto

Create translations (optional):

sudo apt-get install python-pycurl gettext

Creating Binaries

To create binaries, create the 'packages' directory:


This directory contains the python dependencies used by Electrum.

Mac OS X

# On MacPorts installs:
sudo python setup-release.py py2app

# On Homebrew installs:
ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386 -arch x86_64" sudo python setup-release.py py2app --includes sip

sudo hdiutil create -fs HFS+ -volname "Electrum" -srcfolder dist/Electrum.app dist/electrum-VERSION-macosx.dmg


See contrib/build-wine/README file.


See gui/kivy/Readme.txt file.