Revision as of 09:58, 2 August 2012 by Justmoon (Change My Wallet link from "eWallet" to "Web-based" - they're all eWallets, web-based is a more meaningful term.)
This table compares the features of the different clients. All of the listed clients are open-source.
- Wallet Security
- How well the client protects your private keys from people with access to the machine the wallet is stored on. The private keys can be encrypted, for example.
- Network Security
- Clients which more fully implement the Bitcoin network protocol are safer -- they can't be as easily tricked by powerful attackers. A client which fully implements the protocol will always use the correct block chain and will never allow double-spends or invalid transactions to exist in the block chain under any circumstances. Clients which only partially implement the protocol typically trust that 50% or more of the network's mining power is honest. Some clients trust one or more remote servers to protect them from double-spends and other network attacks.
- Setup Time
- Some clients require that you download and verify a large amount of data before you can send or receive BTC.
- When the project was started.
|Client||Get Started||Audience||Wallet Security||Network Security||Backups||Setup Time||Disk Space||Maturity||Multi-user||Available for|
|Armory||Download||Power users||Encryption||Addon||One-time||Varies||2+ GB||Jul 2011||Multi-wallet|
|Bitcoin Wallet||Download||End-users||Isolated||Partial||Manual||1 hour||30 MB||Mar 2011||No|
|Bitcoin-Qt||Download||End-users||Encryption||Full||Manual||Hours||2+ GB||May 2011||No|
|bitcoind||Download||Programmers||Encryption||Full||Manual||Hours||2+ GB||Aug 2009||Virtual accounts|
|Electrum||Download||Power users||Encryption||Minimal||Memorized||Minutes||5 MB||Nov 2011||No|
|MultiBit||Download||End-users||None||Partial||No||1 hour||50 MB||Jul 2011||Multi-wallet|
|My Wallet||Web-based||Everyone||Encryption||Remote||Automatic||Minutes||None||Dec 2011||Yes|
This table shows additional information about various Bitcoin clients that may be relevant to developers.
|Bitcoin Wallet||Link||Google Code||GPLv3||None / Google Groups||SPV|
|Bitcoin-Qt / bitcoind||Link||Github||MIT||Sourceforge||Integrated|