I'm looking for a graphical Bitcoin wallet for Ubuntu. It should have these features:

  • The ability to use a remote blockchain (not having to download the blockchain onto the computer)
  • The ability to create multiple addresses, with labels

It would be nice, but not necessary, if it had:

  • Integration with Ubuntu, such as using Notify OSD, the Global Menu, and the HUD

Can someone give me a recommendation that fits these requirements?


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Electrum (License: GPLv3)

  • uses a remote blockchain (you can choose among several public servers), and
  • it automatically creates new addresses until a (configurable) gap limit of unused addresses is reached. IIRC, it has the ability to label them, too.

I don’t know if, or to which extent, it integrates with Ubuntu’s notifications, HUD, or Global Menu.

It’s available from Ubuntu’s packages. (For manual installation on 12.04, see this question)


Since I saw this question today, I've been fiddling with various Linux Bitcoin Wallets.

Multibit seems to be the best fit for your needs. You can create an arbitrary number of addresses, with labels.

I think it's impossible by definition to have a local wallet without a local blockchain. If you need your wallet's blockchain to be online, you probably need an online wallet. However, you can reset your local blockchain if needed. (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'll be happy to edit the answer)

With Multibit, you can...

  • Create multiple wallets, and multiple addresses for each wallet.
  • Create labels for your addresses.
  • Generate QR Codes for your addresses.
  • Create descriptions and categories for your wallets.
  • Check the current exchange rate to USD.
  • Send and Request Bitcoin.
  • Review transaction history.

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