The objective is to download, verify and install Electrum bitcoin wallet on Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 17.10 or later
  • Software: - Electrum-3.0.3 or later


Privileged root access will be required to perform the installation.




  • # - 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


Download Electrum Bitcoin Wallet

In the first step, we will be downloading the latest Electrum Bitcoin wallet along with a verification signature. The current version at the day of writing is Electrum 3.0.3. Visit https://electrum.org/ to check for a latest Electrum version and amend the below installation procedure appropriately to reflect your downloaded source code version:
$ wget https://download.electrum.org/3.0.3/Electrum-3.0.3.tar.gz https://download.electrum.org/3.0.3/Electrum-3.0.3.tar.gz.asc

Verify Electrum's downloaded source code

At this stage, we are ready to verify Electrum's source code. The source code is signed by Thomas Voegtlin (https://electrum.org). Let's import a relevant key signature:
$ gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 2BD5824B7F9470E6
gpg: key 2BD5824B7F9470E6: public key "Thomas Voegtlin (https://electrum.org) " imported
gpg: no ultimately trusted keys found
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1
Confirm a correct key import as per LINE 2. Once the key has been imported it is time to perform the verification:
$ gpg --verify Electrum-3.0.3.tar.gz.asc Electrum-3.0.3.tar.gz
gpg: Signature made Tue 12 Dec 2017 17:06:09 AEDT
gpg:                using RSA key 2BD5824B7F9470E6
gpg: Good signature from "Thomas Voegtlin (https://electrum.org) " [unknown]
gpg:                 aka "ThomasV " [unknown]
gpg:                 aka "Thomas Voegtlin " [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: 6694 D8DE 7BE8 EE56 31BE  D950 2BD5 824B 7F94 70E6
Note gpg: Good signature on Line 4. All seems to be in order!

Install Electrum

To install Electrum bitcoin wallet, we first need to preform an installation of all prerequisites:
$ sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools python3-pyqt5 python3-pip
And finally, install Electrum bitcoin wallet using the bellow command:
$ sudo pip3 install Electrum-3.0.3.tar.gz

Start Electrum bitcoin Wallet

Electrum bitcoin wallet is now installed. You can start it from your start menu by clicking on the Electrum wallet icon or by executing electrum command from your terminal:
$ electrum
Navigate to the following page to learn how to create a Bitcoin offline/paper wallet.

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