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Claiming you BTG with ElectrumG

ElectrumG is a fork of the popular Electrum SPV (light) Bitcoin wallet. It is a lot more practical to use this to access your BTG coins because you don't need to download the full 125GB blockchain first. ElectrumG is still in beta and may be difficult to install, on Linux the main thing to note that may cause trouble is that it uses Python 3 which is not usually the standard version so if the compilation phase complains about missing dependencies, you need to install the python 3 version of those things, for example mine complained about pyblake2 not being present.

First, head to the terminal and change into the electrumG source directory, then make sure you have the general dependencies available and up to date:

cd ....../electrum-3.2-beta
sudo apt install python3-dev pyqt5-dev-tools
sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip

When I then tried running it I got ImportError: No module named "pyblake2", which I installed as follows:

sudo  python3 -m pip install pyblake2

And finally it advised me that I need t do the following:

pyrcc5 icons.qrc -o gui/qt/

It was then able to run and I could create a new standard wallet based on my old Electrum twelve word recovery phrase. Note that I first tried to import the private keys from my standard Electrum, but I think they're an incompatible format, so I'm not sure how to go about converting them. Note also that you should send all your bitcoin out of the original electrum address, or any sub-address the seed phrase is associated with! After I entered the seed phrase, the wallet started up and after about five minutes the balance I had at the time of the fork was present and I was able to send it to Exodus :-)

See also

  • electrum-btcp - same process works for BTCPrivate which also has an Electrum clone