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Bitcoin Armory is a client that sits on top of the official bitcoin client. Bitcoinj is a totally different client, separate from the official bitcoin client. Does Electrum also need the official bitcoin client, or is it separate?

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    No, Electrum doesn't require Bitcoin-Qt to be installed on your computer. Electrum and BitcoinJ aren't full clients, though, so they do rely on Bitcoin-Qt at some level -- Electrum through the Stratum network and BitcoinJ through the Bitcoin network's SPV mode.

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      It might be also good to add that Electrum doesn't require a local copy of the blockchain. – 7anner Jun 14 '13 at 16:50
    • @theymos Electrum uses Electrum Servers that store the blockchain and broadcast signed transactions – rdymac Jun 19 '13 at 1:22
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      @rdymac Yeah, and those servers run Bitcoin-Qt. – theymos Jun 19 '13 at 3:18
    • Sorry, I was answering to @7anner – rdymac Jun 19 '13 at 23:46

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