Electron Cash client — How to use in 10 easy steps

Satochip Bitcoin Cash hardware wallet.
Satochip Bitcoin Cash hardware wallet.

Table of content

  1. Step 1 — Download and install the EC client
  2. Step 2 — Launch the EC wizard
  3. Step 3 — Give a name to your wallet
  4. Step 4 — Create a new wallet
  5. Step 5 — The keystore
  6. Step 6 — Generate your very own seed
  7. Step 7 — Backup your very own seed
  8. Step 8 — Wallet file (.dat) encryption
  9. Step 9 — Send and receive Bitcoin Cash
  10. Step 10 — Backup your Bitcoin Cash wallet

Introduction

The Electron Cash client is a complete and widely used lightweight (SVP) Bitcoin Cash client that works on Windows, Linux and MacOS. Released under MIT licence, the open-source software is based on a client-server protocol. That means the client should connect to a ElectrumX server which will act as the blockchain information provider. Therefore you don’t need to download the entire Bitcoin Cash blockchain on your personal computer 🆒.

Step 1 — Download and install the EC client

The Electron Cash (EC) client is available on Windows (7 edition and higher), Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Manjaro…) and MacOX. If you want you can also run it from the Python sources.

Satochip — Electron Cash client download section.
Electron Cash client download section.
Satochip — How to make an AppImage file executable.
How to make an AppImage file executable.

Step 2 — Launch the EC wizard

At the first start, the Electron Cash client will ask you whether you want to connect automatically to the remote ElectrumX servers or select it manually.

  • If a server is down, it will switch automatically to another .
  • It learns about your total Bitcoin Cash holdings and past transactions, and can gather all your past Bitcoin Cash addresses.
Satochip — Electron Cash- Auto connect.
Electron Cash— Auto connect.

Step 3 — Give a name to your wallet

The Electron Cash client will save several information on a local .dat extension file on your personal computer. This file will contain public and private keys as well as your transaction history, user labels… The default wallet file is called default_wallet, which is created when you first run the application and is located in the /wallets folder, inside the datadir.

Satochip — Give a name to your wallet file.
Give a name to your wallet file.

Step 4 — Create a new wallet

Electron Cash supports many types of wallet :

  • Multi-signature wallet : a common use-case for this is if you want to collaboratively control funds; maybe you and your friend run a company together and certain funds should only be spendable if you both agree. Another one is security; one of the wallets can be on your main machine, while the other one is on a offline machine. That way you make it very hard for an attacker or malware to steal your coins.
  • Import Bitcoin Cash addresses or private keys : this option will allow you to retrieve a Bitcoin Cash wallet from private keys or create a “watch-only” wallet if you specify one or more Bitcoin Cash addresses.
Satochip — Create a new standard wallet.
Create a new standard wallet.

Step 5 — The keystore

Note : A seed phrase, seed recovery phrase, backup seed phrase or mnemotechnic passphrase is an ordered list of words needed to recover Bitcoin Cash funds. Software wallet like Electron Cash will typically generate a seed phrase and instruct the user to write it down on paper. If the user’s computer breaks or their hard drive becomes corrupted, they can download the same wallet software again and use the paper backup to get their bitcoins back.

  • I already have a seed : choose this option if you already have a mnemotechnic passphrase and want to use it.
  • Use public or private key : choose this option to create a “watch-only” wallet or configure a multi-signatures wallet.
  • Use a hardware device : choose this option if you want to store your private keys in a secure, offline, trusted device called a hardware wallet.
Satochip — Create a new seed.
Create a new seed.

Step 6— Generate your very own seed

This is an important step while creating a new Bitcoin Cash wallet : the seed. ❗️Please pay attention❗️

Satochip — The Satochip.dat wallet personal seed.
The Satochip.dat wallet personal seed.

Step 7 — Backup your very own seed

Because your seed is the most important thing, the Electron Cash client will ask you to type it twice (copy-paste does not work).

Satochip — Seed confirmation screen for the Satochip.dat wallet.
Seed confirmation screen for the Satochip.dat wallet.

Step 8 — Wallet file (.dat) encryption

As said in the Step 3, some sensitive data is stored in your .dat wallet file (here, our wallet file is Satochip.dat).

Satochip — Wallet file encryption.
Wallet file encryption.

Step 9 — Send and receive Bitcoin Cash

Electron Cash interface is quite easy to use. You have several tabs but can add more via the “View” menu.

Satochip — Electron Cash history tab.
Electron Cash history tab.
Satochip — Electron Cash send tab.
Electron Cash send tab.
Satochip — Electron Cash receive tab.
Electron Cash receive tab.

Step 10 — Backup your Bitcoin Cash wallet

At the end, what do you really need to backup in order not to loose your precious Bitcoin Cash or restore your wallet to another personal computer ?

  • The password (if set) of your encrypted .dat wallet file as shown in the Step 8.
  • Your .dat file as shown in the Step 8. The default path where the wallet files are stored is : ~\AppData\Roaming\ElectronCash
Satochip Bitcoin Cash hardware wallet on a smart card.
Satochip Bitcoin Cash hardware wallet on a smart card.

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