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DOCKER: Bitcoin core + EPS

The most secure and private way to use bitcoin is having your own Bitcoin node and you Electrum Personal Server. Here I will explain a simple way to have them running in minutes using docker containers.

Note: all in red inside the commands is what you should change.

Creating a docker network so bitcoin-core can eps can comunicate

docker network create bitcoin_network

replace bitcoin_network with the name of the network you want to create.

Creating Bitcoin core container

in this example all my bitcoin core files will be in /Volumes/Open/btc

docker run -d \
    --name bitcoin \
    --network bitcoin_network \
    -p 8333:8333 \
    -p 8332:8332 \
    -v /Volumes/Open/btc:/bitcoin-data \
    kylemanna/bitcoind:latest \
    -printtoconsole \
    -datadir=/bitcoin-data \

Here we have created a bitcoin core container with the name bitcoin, using all the files is /Volumes/Open/btc as bitcoin core folder, on the network bitcoin_network.

Creating Electrum Personal Server Container

Create the folder where you will store eps configuration files, you will need to create ‘Dockerfile’, ‘requirements.txt’ and ‘config.ini’

Create a Dockerfile with the content bellow:

FROM python:3.8-slim-buster

RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y git && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
COPY requirements.txt .

WORKDIR /eps/Volumes/Open/eps/Dockerfile

RUN git clone https://github.com/chris-belcher/electrum-personal-server .
COPY requirements.txt .
RUN pip install --upgrade pip
RUN pip install --no-cache-dir -r requirements.txt

RUN python setup.py install

COPY config.ini /etc/electrum-personal-server/config.ini

EXPOSE 50002

CMD ["electrum-personal-server"]

Now you need a file called requirements.txt


at last you will need a config.ini file, this file contains the settings to connect to bitcoin core container.

host = bitcoin
port = 8332
rpc_user = bitcoincoreuser (set in bitcoin.conf)
rpc_password = bitcoincorepass (set in bitcoin.conf)

finally build your docker image called my-eps

docker build -t my-eps .

Now all you need is to create and run the docker container with this command:

this container will be named ‘electrum-personal-server’ will have the network ‘bitcoin_network’ and all config files including config.ini should be in ‘/Volumes/Open/eps’ folder.

docker run -d --network bitcoin_network -v /Volumes/Open/eps:/eps -p 50002:50002 --name eps my-eps electrum-personal-server /eps/config.ini

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