Running without installation

The following command will download and run a given release of cardano-wallet using Nix:

$ nix run github:input-output-hk/cardano-wallet/v2022-01-18 -- version
v2022-01-18 (git revision: ce772ff33623e2a522dcdc15b1d360815ac1336a)

It’s also possible to run the very latest version from the master branch on GitHub:

$ nix run github:input-output-hk/cardano-wallet -- --help

Wrapper script with pre-configured network settings

To run a wallet on mainnet:

$ CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH=../cardano-node/node.socket

$ nix run github:input-output-hk/cardano-wallet#mainnet/wallet

Installing into user profile

$ nix profile install github:input-output-hk/cardano-wallet/v2022-01-18
$ cardano-wallet version
v2022-01-18 (git revision: ce772ff33623e2a522dcdc15b1d360815ac1336a)

NixOS Module

A nixos service definition for cardano-wallet server is available by importing the flake nixosModule attribute into your nixos configuration. Or by importing nix/nixos.

Then cardano-wallet server can then be activated and configured:

  description = "Flake example with cardano-wallet NixOS module";
  inputs.cardano-wallet.url = github:input-output-hk/cardano-wallet;
  outputs = { self, cardano-wallet }@inputs: {
    nixosModules.example = { config, ...}: {
      imports = [
      services.config.cardano-wallet = {
        enable = true;
        walletMode = "mainnet";
        nodeSocket =;
        poolMetadataFetching = {
          enable = true;
          smashUrl = "";
        tokenMetadataServer = "";

See nix/nixos/cardano-wallet-service.nix for the other configuration options (such as the genesisFile option to run cardano-wallet on a testnet) and complete documentation.

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