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README.rst

Electrum-LTC - Lightweight Litecoin client

Electrum-LTC is a port of Electrum, the Bitcoin wallet, to Litecoin.

Licence: MIT Licence
Original Author: Thomas Voegtlin
Port Maintainer: Pooler
Language: Python (>= 3.6)
Homepage: https://electrum-ltc.org/

Getting started

(If you've come here looking to simply run Electrum, you may download it here.)

Electrum-LTC 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, either one of pycryptodomex or 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.

Running from tar.gz

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

./run_electrum

You can also install Electrum-LTC 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-LTC instead of using the 'packages' directory. It will also place an executable named electrum-ltc in ~/.local/bin, so make sure that is on your PATH variable.

Development version (git clone)

Check out the code from GitHub:

git clone git://github.com/pooler/electrum-ltc.git
cd electrum-ltc
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-LTC:

./run_electrum

Creating Binaries

Linux (tarball)

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

Linux (AppImage)

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

Mac OS X / macOS

See contrib/osx/README.md.

Windows

See contrib/build-wine/README.md.

Android

See contrib/android/Readme.md.

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