I'm running Debian 7 stable and because the old version available on Wheezy can't send out BTC, I'd like to upgrade to a newer version which is available in jessie-backports. Is it possible to use that version? If so, how to modify sources.list?


Given that Electrum is written in Python, and the dependencies of the version in Jessie backports are compatible with the version of Python available in Wheezy, it should be possible to do what you're suggesting. As root,

echo deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jessie-backports.list
apt-get update
apt-get -t jessie-backports electrum

This will pull in electrum and python-electrum from Jessie backports, but won't affect the rest of your packages. Some of the suggested dependencies (e.g. python-btchip) aren't available even in Jessie backports, so some features may be missing.

  • Can you please give a proposal for Debian Stretch? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Sep 4 '17 at 16:41
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    @Léo Stretch has electrum 2.7.9 in its repositories, no need for anything fancy. – Stephen Kitt Sep 4 '17 at 16:51
  • Do you have any other recommendation besides electrum for having bitcoins in Debian? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Sep 4 '17 at 16:55
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    @Léo no, I don’t. (I don’t use Electrum either.) – Stephen Kitt Sep 4 '17 at 16:56

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