monero-gui VS electrum

Compare monero-gui vs electrum and see what are their differences.


Monero: the secure, private, untraceable cryptocurrency (by monero-project)
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monero-gui electrum
37 333
901 5,178
3.4% 1.3%
9.2 9.8
4 days ago 4 days ago
C Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of monero-gui. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-09-20.
  • How do I fix “Daemon failed to start” error message on Monero GUI Wallet?
  • Signing transactions offline with GUI wallet... what's supposed to happen when I load the tx file to sign it?
  • Monero stuck on closing wallet, monerod high activity
    Possibly related
  • I have a Trezor Model T, and I can create a hidden wallet for other coins (I have to additionally enter a different password to access this wallet). Is this possible with the Monero Client?
    That being said, passphrase functionality works different in Monero GUI in comparison to Trezor Suite (Monero GUI doesn't allow plausible deniability, see: Since Monero GUI works with wallet files and Trezor Suite don't, in Monero GUI you must have a wallet file previously created for each passphrase in order to access your multiple "hidden" wallets, while on Trezor Suite you don't have to create any wallet file, you can just type a different passphrase every time you open the software and it will open a different wallet for each passphrase you type. If you need plausible deniability with passphrases in Monero GUI, you will have to create your wallet file, access your wallet and then delete your wallet file every time you want need it.
  • This may sound quite stupid so get ready... | 2021-09-20
    Currently there is a bug under investigation: sometimes the QR code is not read when it is on a window behind Monero GUI ( So I would recommend opening the QR code window on the right or left side of Monero GUI window. | 2021-09-20
    Pasting of QR code images from clipboard into address field is currently under testing (
  • Monero GUI v0.17.2.3 Released - Decoy Selection Bug Fixed! | 2021-09-02
    Add payment request functionality to receive page (#3650)
  • Help pls
    GUI recently has had trouble closing cleanly on Windows. See this issue
  • 20 minute issue has been known for a while...
  • If installing Monero GUI on Fedora 34
    Go to and follow the guide for linux in the readme


Posts with mentions or reviews of electrum. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-09.
  • Partnership | 2021-10-11
  • having trouble accessing a wallet i could access 1 week ago | 2021-10-11
    It looks as if a crash with the same parameters has been reported here: (last entry)
  • I need help for keys creation | 2021-10-09
    All the code you need is in
  • Ask HN: Practically accepting cryptocurrency for businesses without middlemen? | 2021-10-07
    I used for accepting btc payments and it worked fine.

    The bigger issues I had that I am skeptical any self-hosted options have is protecting your wallets from being poisoned by 'black' bitcoin. Coinbase (and maybe others?) keeps a blacklist of banned wallets (stolen or associated with crime or gambling[0]). If a customer pays you from a black address, you may end up poisoning your entire crypto wallet and get flagged when you try to cash out.

    [0] -

  • Can anyone give some tips to a Crypto beginner? | 2021-10-06 - Solid choice, Open Source and Non-Custodial, one of the oldest and most trusted Bitcoin Wallets.
  • Best open-source non-custodial wallet that supports the lightning network?
    I only know of Electrum. The UI is for advanced bitcoin users but it's non-custodial and has good open source track record.
  • Wayback Litecoin | 2021-09-27
    It was fixed in this patch:
  • Does Anyone Know How To Generate/Obtain Bulk Crypto Wallets? | 2021-09-21
    Read the instructions while you download the wallet. Make sure that you understand the license then copy as many times as you need.
  • Seed Phrase, recover wallet
    Are all the words on the electrum old style wordlist here or the new list here ?
    Try putting the seed into electrum and/or coinomi and see if they find anything.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing monero-gui and electrum you can also consider the following projects:

bip39 - A web tool for converting BIP39 mnemonic codes

trezor-suite - :candy: Trezor Suite Monorepo

BlueWallet - Bitcoin thin client for iOS & Android. Built with React Native

electrum-personal-server - Maximally lightweight electrum server for a single user

specter-desktop - A desktop GUI for Bitcoin Core optimised to work with hardware wallets

etherwall - Ethereum QT5 Wallet

BTCPay Server - Accept Bitcoin payments. Free, open-source & self-hosted, Bitcoin payment processor.

lnbook - Mastering the Lightning Network (LN)

trezor-firmware - :lock: Trezor Firmware Monorepo

electrum-docs - Documentation for Electrum Bitcoin Wallet

monero - Monero: the secure, private, untraceable cryptocurrency