electrum - Man Page

Lightweight bitcoin client

Examples (TL;DR)


electrum [options] command [options]


Electrum is a lightweight bitcoin client.
Electrum protects from losing bitcoins in a backup mistake or computer failure. It allows recovery of wallet from a passphrase which you can learn by heart or write it down on a paper.
Since electrum does not download the entire bitcoin block chain there is no waiting time when the client is started.

-g GUI, --gui=GUI

Select user interface, possible values are  qt, lite, gtk or text


Use wallet from WALLET_PATH, default is electrum.dat.

-o,  --offline

Remain offline.

-a,  --all

Show all addresses.

-b,  --balance

Show the balance of listed addresses

-l,  --labels

Show the labels of listed addresses

-f TX_FEE, --fee=TX_FEE

set tx fee

-F FROM_ADDR, --fromad


set source address for payto/mktx. if it isn't in the wallet, it will ask for the private key unless supplied in the format public_key:private_key. It's not saved in the wallet.

-c CHANGE_ADDR, --changeaddr=CHANGE_ADDR

set the change address for payto/mktx. default is a spare address, or the source address if it's not in the wallet.

-s SERVER, --server=SERVER

set server host:port:protocol, where protocol is t or h

-p PROXY, --proxy=PROXY

set proxy [type:]host[:port], where type is socks4,socks5 or http

-v,  --verbose

show debugging information

-P,  --portable

portable wallet


default language used in GUI

-u,  --usb

Turn on support for hardware wallets (EXPERIMENTAL).


Electrum client was initially written by ThomasV <thomasv@gitorious>
This manual page was written by Vasudev Kamath <kamathvasudev@gmail.com> for Debian Project (but can be used by others).


23 June 2013