I would like to install the Electrum Bitcoin Wallet on Ubuntu 12.10. The Linux instructions are located at http://electrum.org/download.html and say:

Install python-qt4 and pip:

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip Install electrum:
sudo pip install http://download.electrum.org/download/Electrum-1.7.3.tar.gz#md5=22a35b0816f7c6c59fbeddb50e832ada



It seems the python interpreter is already included with Ubuntu. If I open a terminal and put in

sudo pip install http://download.electrum.org/download/Electrum-1.7.3.tar.gz

it says

sudo: pip: command not found

So how do I install python PIP or are there any other ways to install Electrum?

Thank you.

UPDATE: I managed to install Python-Pip from this link (using Method # 2. I could not find "easy_install" from Method # 1)...

After that I could install ELECTRUM. Great so far !!

BUT, I presume that because I'm using the "Try Out" (not the "Install") version of UBUNTU from a DVD-R, then if I reboot the computer I would have to go through the same long-winded procedure again to install Python-Pip and then ELECTRUM.

So, is there any way of adding ELECTRUM (and presumably Python-Pip) to the UBUNTU DVD-R so I can carry the DVD-R anywhere and use any PC to run ELECTRUM?

  • Welcome to askubuntu, I am glad things worked out for you. If you have an additional question please start a new Q&A instead of editing your old one with it. – Glutanimate Apr 14 '13 at 11:17
  • A request to sync the electrum package from Debian testing has been filed, see bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1229843 and add "affects me too" accordingly. – MagicFab Sep 25 '13 at 16:47
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    DO NOT use the literal electrum versions pasted in this thread. Make sure you get the latest version of the pip package from electrum.org/#download. – ccpizza Jul 11 '16 at 17:51

I just tried it on 12.10, and it worked. Try running this: just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Then run the steps below in Terminal in the exact order:

  1. sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip

  2. sudo pip install http://download.electrum.org/download/Electrum-1.7.3.tar.gz#md5=22a35b0816f7c6c59fbeddb50e832ada

  3. electrum

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Once I ran electrum from terminal, I got a window that opened, and I clicked on create, and took me through the steps of creating a wallet.

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    Thanks for your answer. So is there a way of adding ELECTRUM to the UBUNTU DVD-R to use in "Try Out" mode, so I don't have to go through the install procedure every time I use the DVD-R? – user3352 Apr 14 '13 at 6:30
  • @user3352 If you have a NEW question, please ask it as such by clicking the "Ask Question" button at the top of the page. – gertvdijk Jul 24 '13 at 17:32
  • You switched the order of sudo apt-get upgrade and sudo apt-get update. You should do update first and then upgrade to get the desired effect. – HansHarhoff Jan 25 '14 at 16:17

You can install the snap from the store:

sudo snap install electrum

Or search for it in the software center.


This is working for me in 2017:

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip
sudo pip install https://download.electrum.org/2.7.17/Electrum-2.7.17.tar.gz

Also go to the Electrum Website for more information.

  • Could you add import details from this link in case it breaks some time later. – George Udosen Jan 14 '17 at 15:53

Add PRO-API repository (http://proapi.ru/deb_repository/) on you system and install electrum deb package.

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    Please specify exact commands, else your answer will not be useful to others. – Danatela Jul 23 '13 at 1:56

Commands to install electrum are (sudo pip install --upgrade pip is optional and -y forces yes)

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 python-pip -y
sudo pip install --upgrade pip -y
sudo pip install https://download.electrum.org/2.8.2/Electrum-2.8.2.tar.gz -y

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