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Electrum - Lightweight Bitcoin client

Licence: MIT Licence
Author: Thomas Voegtlin
Language: Python
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Getting started

Electrum is a pure python application. However, if you want to use the Qt interface, then you need to install the Qt dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python-qt4

If you downloaded the official package (tar.gz), then 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:


If you cloned the git repository, then 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://
cd electrum

Run install (this should install dependencies):

python install

Compile the icons file for Qt:

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

Compile the protobuf description file:

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

Create translations:

sudo apt-get install python-pycurl gettext

Install on Linux systems

If you install Electrum on your system, you can run it from any directory.

If you have pip, you can do:

python sdist
sudo pip install --pre dist/Electrum-2.0.tar.gz

If you don't have pip, install with:

python sdist
sudo python install

Creating Binaries

In oder to creating binaries, you must create the 'packages' directory:


This directory contains the python dependencies used by Electrum.

Mac OS X

# On port based installs sudo python py2app

# On brew installs ARCHFLAGS="-arch i386 -arch x86_64" sudo python py2app --includes sip

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


see contrib/build-wine/README


see gui/kivy/Readme.txt

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