The objective is to install Electron Cash the Bitcoin-Cash wallet on Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Debian 9.3
  • Software: - Electron Cash 3.0


Privileged access to your system will be required.




  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Let us get started my installation of all prerequisites:

$ su
# apt install git dirmngr python3-pyqt5 python3-setuptools

Download and Verify Electron Cash source and signature

The following linux command will download a latest version of Electron Cash wallet. The current version at the time of writing is 3.0. Check https://electroncash.org/ and amend the below installation command to fit your downloaded version.
$ wget https://electroncash.org/downloads/3.0/win-linux/ElectronCash-3.0.tar.gz
Next, clone a verification signatures:
$ git clone https://github.com/fyookball/keys-n-hashes.git
Electron source code is signed by Jonald Fyookball This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To verify our download we first need to download a relevant signature:
$ gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 4FD06489EFF1DDE1
gpg: key 4FD06489EFF1DDE1: public key "Jonald Fyookball " imported
gpg: no ultimately trusted keys found
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1
Now it is time to verify a source code:
$ gpg --verify keys-n-hashes/sigs-and-sums/3.0/win-linux/ElectronCash-3.0.tar.gz.sig ElectronCash-3.0.tar.gz
gpg: Signature made Fri 08 Dec 2017 22:53:51 AEDT
gpg:                using DSA key 4FD06489EFF1DDE1
gpg: Good signature from "Jonald Fyookball " [unknown]
gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
Primary key fingerprint: D56C 110F 4555 F371 AEEF  CB25 4FD0 6489 EFF1 DDE1
Note gpg: Good signature line. All good!

Install Electron Cash

Almost there. Extract Electron Cash source code, navigate to a newly extracted directory and run python install command:
$ tar xvzf ElectronCash-3.0.tar.gz
$ su
# cd Electron\ Cash-3.0/
# python3 setup.py install
Electron Cash is now installed. Start it from command line by executing:
$ electron-cash
Navigate to the following page to learn how to create a Bitcoin Cash offline/paper wallet.

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