How to create a wallet

Difficulty: beginner


  • 📦 cardano-wallet >= v2020-03-11

The easiest and most common way of managing your funds on the Cardano blockchain is through a hierarchical deterministic wallet. One can create a wallet using the following endpoint of cardano-wallet:

POST /byron-wallets

There are several wallet types available:

  • random
  • icarus
  • trezor
  • ledger

The basic difference between them is that for a random wallet user needs to create new address manually, whereas for sequential wallets like icarus, trezor and ledger addresses are generated automatically by the wallet.

Please note that random wallets are considered deprecated and should not be used by new applications.

Note also that you can have many wallets being operated by a single cardano-wallet server.

See more on HD wallets and addresses.