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How-to: Use Electrum Bitcoin Wallet in Whonix ™

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Introduction[edit]

Electrum [archive] is a popular Bitcoin wallet. According to the Electrum FAQ [archive]:

How does Electrum work?

Electrum’s focus is speed, with low resource usage and simplifying Bitcoin. Startup times are instant because it operates in conjunction with high-performance servers that handle the most complicated parts of the Bitcoin system.

Does Electrum trust servers?

Not really; the Electrum client never sends private keys to the servers. In addition, it verifies the information reported by servers, using a technique called Simple Payment Verification [archive].

The non-official thin client Electrum appears to be well-designed. It does not need to download/verify the blockchain and users store their private keys locally, which eliminates the need to trust third-party severs. This is an advantage over some other Bitcoin wallets which are affected by this: if the third-party server were ever compromised, all of the users' bitcoins could be stolen. There is also the possibility that the third-party could lose a user's private keys or walk away with them.

Install Electrum[edit]

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1. Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

2. Upgrade the system.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3. Install the binaries-freedom package.

sudo apt-get install binaries-freedom

The procedure is complete.

Start Electrum[edit]

Info Users should create a wallet with a strong password!

Please refer to the official Documentation at docs.electrum.org [archive] for comprehensive instructions, as well as more advanced topics like Cold Storage [archive] of private keys.

To start Electrum from start menu.

Start MenuInternetElectrum

To start Electrum from command line, run.

electrum-appimage

Qubes-Whonix ™ users are recommended to configure a Split Bitcoin Wallet [archive] to better protect their private keys. To protect against identity correlation through Tor circuit sharing, follow the instructions below (see Stream Isolation for more information).

Electrum: First Run[edit]

Info These steps enable Stream Isolation for the Electrum application.

1. Configure a manual server connection.

When Electrum is started for the first time, users are met with the prompt: "How do you want to connect to a server?".

Choose Select server manually and press Next.

Figure: Server Setting

Electrum select server manually.png

2. Change the proxy settings.

The necessary settings are:

  • Proxy: SOCKS5
  • Host: 10.152.152.10
  • Port: 9111

Press Next and the application should be fully functional.

Figure: SOCKS5 Proxy Configuration

Electrum use proxy socks5 .png

Note: If Electrum is already set up but stream isolation was not enabled, then navigate to ToolsNetwork in Electrum to bring up the server and proxy settings.

Donations[edit]

After installing Electrum, please consider making a donation to Whonix ™ to keep it running for years to come.

Donate Bitcoin (BTC) to Whonix ™.

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