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ledger-substrate (JS Integration)


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This package provides a basic client library to communicate with Substrate Apps running in a Ledger Nano S/S+/X devices Additionally, it provides a hd_key_derivation function to retrieve the keys that Ledger apps generate with BIP32-ED25519. Warning: the hd_key_derivation function is not audited and depends on external packages. We recommend using the official Substrate Ledger apps in recovery mode.

Available commands

Operation Response Command
getVersion app version ---------------
getAddress pubkey + address path + ( showInDevice )
sign signed message path + message

getAddress command requires that you set the derivation path (account, change, index) and has an option parameter to display the address on the device. By default, it will retrieve the information without confirmation from the user.

Add new chain

If you want to add support for your chain, you just need to create a PR in this repository adding the parameters that belong to the chain. Go to supported APPs and add a new entry at the end of the file.

  name: 'ChainName',
  cla: 0xFF,
  slip0044: 0x80000162,
  ss58_addr_type: 7391,

Take the last used CLA and pick the following number. This is just an ID for the app that is used in APDU protocol. This is probably the easiest way to get a free CLA.

For Slip0044 parameter, you might want to register here as well.

SS58 prefix have no limitation whatsoever, you just have to set an uint16 number that is used in your chain.

Testing with real devices

It is possible to test this package with a real Ledger Nano device. To accomplish that, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Install the application in the Ledger device
  • Install the dependencies from this project
  • Run tests
yarn install
yarn test


Visit and download the latest release from repository (in this case Kusama).

Download the installer script for your device but bear in mind that NanoX does not allow side loading applications. Give execution permission and run the script.

chmod +x installer_nano_device.sh
./installer_nano_device.sh load

Modify these values from testing script before running the tests:

const CHAIN = 'Kusama'
const YOUR_PUBKEY = 'd280b24dface41f31006e5a2783971fc5a66c862dd7d08f97603d2902b75e47a'
const YOUR_ADDRESS = 'HLKocKgeGjpXkGJU6VACtTYJK4ApTCfcGRw51E5jWntcsXv'
const YOUR_BLOB = '0400ffbc10f71d63e0da1b9e7ee2eb4037466551dc32b9d4641aafd73a65970fae4202286beed502000022040000b0a8d493285c2df73290dfb7e61f870f17b41801197a149ca93654499ea3dafe280b332587f46c556aa806781884284f50d90b8c1b02488a059700673c93f41c'

Run tests and you will see how this module communicates with your device.

Who we are?

We are Zondax, a company pioneering blockchain services. If you want to know more about us, please visit us at zondax.ch

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