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Electrum and Trezor

Electrum is an open-source lightweight desktop wallet for Windows, Linux, MacOS and Android OS. Linux users have to install Python tools, but there is no need to install these on Windows and MacOS systems.

It is also possible to connect Electrum wallet to your own full node using Electrum Personal Server. For more information, see this GitHub page.
 
Please keep in mind that we do not develop nor maintain third-party software, so we cannot guarantee their full functionality. However, your private keys are always safely protected by your Trezor device, no matter what third-party application you use it with.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • How to install Electrum with a Trezor Device on Linux
  • Trezor User Manual
  • Advanced Features
  • Multisig
  • Coin Control
  • Recovering Funds Without a Trezor Device
  • Additional resources
 

How to install Electrum with a Trezor Device on Linux

For Linux (based on Ubuntu/Debian), it is necessary to install the python-trezor tools first. You will need Python3 installed.
  • Run:
 
sudo apt-get install python3-dev python3-pip cython3 libusb-1.0-0-dev libudev-dev
sudo pip3 install trezor[hidapi]
 
  • Now you can follow the installation guide for electrum on electrum.org.
  • See also this GitHub page for more information


Trezor User Manual

To import your Trezor public account keys, connect your device, start Electrum and create a new wallet.
 

Choose Standard wallet.
 

Choose Use a hardware device.
 

Choose the type of addresses in your wallet account.
 
 
legacy (p2pkh) - this account is the same as Legacy accounts in Trezor Suite with addresses beginning with 1, and does not support SegWit.

p2sh-segwit (p2wpkh-p2sh) - this account is the same as Standard accounts in Trezor Suite with addresses beginning with 3 and supports SegWit. 

native segwit (p2wpkh) - this account supports the Bech32 standard and is supported in Trezor Suite.

After all your public keys are imported and the wallet transaction history is synced, you will be able to see the transactions history and all your account addresses.
 
 
 

Advanced Features

Multisig

It is possible to use MultiSig in Electrum with Trezor device. For more information please see this blog.
 

Coin Control

Sending bitcoins
With Electrum wallet, it is possible to control which specific address to use if you want to send bitcoins.

Change addresses
All change addresses that were generated and used by the account are visible.

No limit for address creation
Electrum wallet doesn't have any specific limit for address creation under one account.

 

Recovering Funds Without a Trezor Device

In case your Trezor device gets lost or damaged, you can access your funds using your recovery seed and Electrum.
 
This should be used in emergency situations only. To keep your funds safe at all times, we recommend getting a new Trezor device to recover your funds (see Recovery) and not revealing your recovery seed to any third party. If you do decide to reveal your seed to a third party, send the funds to a new Trezor-secured account as soon as possible.

To recover your wallet in Electrum, follow these steps:
 
  • Open Electrum and go to File > New/Restore.
  • Enter (any) name for your wallet.
  • Select "Standard Wallet".
  • Select "I already have a seed".
  • Enter your recovery seed. Separate the individual words using spaces (e.g. tree, all, hazard).
  • Click on Options and check "BIP39 Seed".
  • Unless you use a passphrase, do not check "Extend this seed with custom words". Click on Next.
  • If you used Trezor Wallet before, select p2sh-segwit (or legacy) account.
  • Set up a password or leave the fields empty.
  • Done.

Note: Electrum does not support multiple accounts per wallet. If you use multiple accounts, you need to import them individually. You need to change the derivation path for each account, for example:
 
  • m/49'/0'/0' (first account)
  • m/49'/0'/1' (second account)
  • m/49'/0'/2' (third account)


Additional resources

Electrum homepage: https://electrum.org/
Electrum GitHub: https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum
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