I was trying to transfer some bitcoins from my electrum wallet to coinbase. However Electrum I get this ascii error whenever I attempt a transfer:

"ascii codec can't decode byte 0xb6 in position 2: ordinal not in range(128)

I have no idea on what's causing this.

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  • Are you copy-pasting an address into electrum that has non-ascii characters? If so, try retyping the address.
    – Nick ODell
    Oct 11, 2016 at 18:54
  • The characters in the address are all ascii characters. I tried retyping the address multiple times but same error
    – adeyo92
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:08
  • the error occurs after I type my password. Even when I try to sign the transaction
    – adeyo92
    Oct 11, 2016 at 19:12
  • Is there a non-ASCII character in your password? Oct 12, 2016 at 12:22
  • And can you edit your question to make it clear exactly when this message appears (i.e. what exact sequence of clicks / keystrokes you did)? Oct 12, 2016 at 12:23

1 Answer 1


It is a bug, it was reported and fixed yesterday: https://github.com/spesmilo/electrum/issues/1967

I will make a new release later today, that will include that fix.

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