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This table compares the features of the different clients.

Feature key

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 Armory Bitcoin Wallet Bitcoin-Qt bitcoind Electrum MultiBit My Wallet
Get Started Download Download Download Download Download Download eWallet
Audience Power users End-users End-users Programmers Power users End-users Everyone
Wallet Security Encryption Isolated Encryption Encryption Encryption None Encryption
Network Security Addon Partial Full Full Minimal Partial Remote
Backups One-time Manual Manual Manual Memorized No Automatic
Setup Time Varies 1 hour Hours Hours Minutes 1 hour Minutes
Disk Space 2+ GB 30 MB 2+ GB 2+ GB 5 MB 50 MB None
Maturity Jul 2011 Mar 2011 May 2011 Aug 2009 Nov 2011 Jul 2011 Dec 2011
Multi-user Multi-wallet No No Virtual accounts No Multi-wallet Yes
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