3. Installing a wallet app

Here you will learn how to install and operate a Cardano wallet app, and the key differences between Daedalus and Yoroi.
The Cardano Ecosystem has grown dramatically since this guide was first written. Cardano is now capable of running Decentralized Applications (dApps) and has seen a number of new third-party wallets being developed and released, which are capable of seamlessly connecting to dApps.
If you are ready to explore Web3 on Cardano, please refer to the new page regarding dApp-connected wallets for a primer.


Daedalus is a Cardano Wallet made by IOG (the developing company behind Cardano). It is a desktop application, which works with all major Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS and Linux).
Daedalus is a full node wallet. This means that unlike light wallets (e.g.Yoroi, Adalite etc.) Daedalus downloads a full copy of the Cardano blockchain and independently validates every transaction in its history. That way you get maximum security and completely trustless operation, without centrally hosted 3rd party servers.
Daedalus can be downloaded here: https://daedaluswallet.io/
The splash page from Daedalus' Website.
Do not trust any other sources than the one linked above for Daedalus downloads. Always check the URL you are downloading from!
Always check that you are downloading verified software. Follow the instructions on the Download page, and verify signature and checksum!


Yoroi is a Cardano Wallet developed by Emurgo, the commercial partner for Cardano. It is available as an extension for all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) and as a mobile app for both Android and iOS.
Yoroi is a light wallet for Cardano. It’s simple, fast and secure. Yoroi is an Emurgo product, engineered by IOHK. And it follows best practices for software in the industry including a comprehensive security audit. Daedalus and Yoroi are complements to what they try to achieve. Yoroi looks to be a day to day wallet for a Cardano user.
Yoroi can be downloaded here: https://yoroi-wallet.com/
The splash page from Yoroi's Website.
As above, always check the URL your are getting software from and follow the developer's instructions carefully!

Choosing the wallet that is right for you

Which wallet you choose to install is ultimately up to you. Considerations that may help you choose are:
  • System requirements (check these carefully);
  • Ease of use (heavily dependent on your confidence around new software);
  • Appeal of interface (entirely subjective).
Once you have chosen your ADA wallet, proceed to the relevant section of this guide for more details: