# Ledger Nano Support for Paloma

Using a hardware wallet to store your keys greatly improves the security of your crypto assets. The Ledger device acts as an enclave of the seed and private keys, and the process of signing transaction takes place within it. No private information ever leaves the Ledger device. The following is a short tutorial on using the Cosmos Ledger app with the Paloma CLI.

At the core of a Ledger device there is a mnemonic seed phrase that is used to generate private keys. This phrase is generated when you initialize you Ledger. The mnemonic is compatible with Paloma and can be used to seed new accounts.


Do not lose or share your 24 words with anyone. To prevent theft or loss of funds, it is best to keep multiple copies of your mnemonic stored in safe, secure places. If someone is able to gain access to your mnemonic, they will fully control the accounts associated with them.

# Install the Cosmos Ledger application

Installing the Cosmos application on your ledger device is required before you can use Ledger with palomad. To do so, you need to:

  1. Install Ledger Live (opens new window) on your desktop machine.
  2. Using Ledger Live, update your Ledger device with the latest firmware (opens new window).
  3. On the Ledger Live application, navigate to My Ledger in the left panel menu (opens new window). manager
  4. Connect your Ledger device and unlock it.
  5. Press both buttons on your Ledger device to allow Ledger Live on your device.
  6. On the Ledger Live application, search for Cosmos. search
  7. Install the Cosmos application by clicking on Install.


To see the Cosmos application when you search for it, you might need to activate the Developer Mode, located in the Experimental features tab of the Ledger Live application.


# Install palomad with Ledger Support

To install palomad with Ledger support, you'll need to build the binary from source.

  1. Install Golang. (opens new window)
  2. Install Git. (opens new window)
  3. Clone the paloma github repository. In your computer's terminal run the following command:
git clone https://github.com/palomachain/paloma
  1. Confirm and check out the <latest_tag> for Paloma (opens new window) in the cloned paloma directory.
cd paloma
git checkout <latest_tag>

For example if the latest tag is v1.0.0 the command would be

git checkout v1.0.0
  1. Install palomad.
LEDGER_ENABLED=true make build
sudo mv ./build/palomad /usr/local/bin/palomad
  1. Verify that palomad is installed correctly with the following command. The build commit should match the latest commit on the tag as shown on Github.
palomad version --long

The end of the output should look like this and allows to confirm the Version.

build_tags: netgo,ledger
commit: 869235eb3e3ea2e4e97281b048f2263eb11081de
cosmos_sdk_version: v0.47.4
go: go version go1.19.4 darwin/amd64
name: paloma
server_name: palomad
version: 1.0.0

# Create a Paloma address with Ledger

Prerequisites for this section

  1. Install the Cosmos app. on your Ledger Nano
  2. Install Paloma with Ledger Support.

# Add your Ledger key

  • Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  • Open the Cosmos app on your Ledger.
  • Create an account in palomad from your Ledger key.


Be sure to change the keyName parameter to be a meaningful name. The ledger flag tells palomad to use your Ledger to seed the account.

palomad keys add <keyName> --ledger

The output after the above command will look like this:

<keyName> ledger paloma1... palomapub1...

Cosmos uses HD Wallets (opens new window). This means you can setup many accounts using the same Ledger seed. To create another account from your Ledger device, run (change the integer i to some value >= 0 to choose the account for HD derivation). You'll only need to specify the account number during account creation, for other transactions the keyName is sufficient:

palomad keys add <secondKeyName> --ledger --account <i>

# Confirm your address

Run this command to display your address on the device. Use the keyName you gave your ledger key.

palomad keys show <keyName> -d

Confirm that the address displayed on the device matches that displayed when you added the key.

# Connect to a full node

Next, you need to configure palomad with the URL of a Paloma full node and the appropriate chain-id. In this example we connect to the public load balanced full node operated by Volume on the tubmler mainnet chain. But you can point your palomad to any Paloma full node. Be sure that the chain-id is set to the same chain as the full node. See the list of active chain-ids here.

palomad config set client node https://rpc.palomachain.com:443
palomad config set client chain-id tumbler

Test your connection with a query such as:

palomad query staking validators


To run your own full node locally read more here.

# Some helpful CLI commands

# Sign a Ledger transaction

You are now ready to start signing and sending transactions. Send a transaction with palomad using the tx send command.

palomad tx bank send --help # to see all available options.


Be sure to unlock your device with the PIN and open the Cosmos app before trying to run these commands

Use the keyName you set for your Ledger key and gaia will connect with the Cosmos Ledger app to then sign your transaction.

palomad tx bank send <keyName> <destinationAddress> <amount>ugrain --gas auto --fees 300ugrain

When prompted with confirm transaction before signing, Answer Y.

Next you will be prompted to review and approve the transaction on your Ledger device. Be sure to inspect the transaction JSON displayed on the screen. You can scroll through each field and each message. Scroll down to read more about the data fields of a standard transaction object.

# Receive funds

To receive funds to the Cosmos account on your Ledger device, retrieve the address for your Ledger account (the ones with TYPE ledger) with this command:

palomad keys list

<keyName> ledger palomad1... palomapub1...

# Check your wallet balance

Run this command to check your wallet balance

palomad q bank balances <your Paloma wallet address>

# Further documentation

Not sure what palomad can do? Take a look at commands documentation or simply run the command without arguments to output documentation for the commands in supports.


The palomad help commands are nested. So $ palomad will output docs for the top level commands (status, config, query, and tx). You can access documentation for sub commands with further help commands.

For example, to print the query commands:

palomad query --help

Or to print the tx (transaction) commands:

 tx --help

# The Cosmos Standard Transaction

Paloma transactions follow the Standard Transaction type (opens new window) from the Cosmos SDK. The Ledger device displays a serialized JSON representation of this object for you to review before signing the transaction. Here are the fields and what they mean:

  • chain-id: The chain to which you are broadcasting the tx. Find the available chain-ids here.
  • account_number: The global id of the sending account assigned when the account receives funds for the first time.
  • sequence: The nonce for this account, incremented with each transaction.
  • fee: JSON object describing the transaction fee, its gas amount and coin denomination
  • memo: optional text field used in various ways to tag transactions.
  • msgs_<index>/<field>: The array of messages included in the transaction. Double click to drill down into nested fields of the JSON.

# Support

For further support, start by looking over the posts in our Paloma forum. (opens new window)

Feel welcome to reach out in our Discord Channel (opens new window) to ask for help.