Import Ledger wallet into JS wallet

Import Ledger wallet into JS wallet
Users who participate in the Polkadot crowdloan using the ledger wallet may have difficulty accessing/claim their reward in Polkadot parachain like Centrifuge CFG, since hardware wallet Ledger is not supported in the Polkadot crowdloan. This guide provides instructions to generate a compatible seed of ledger and import it into a JS wallet, and then users can use the JS wallet to access/claim the reward.

Please don’t use ledger for the Polkadot crowdloan, use the JS wallet is highly recommended. There would be potential risks in using this guide since you would use the seed of your ledger in this guide. To minimize the risk, it is recommended to move your ledger assets (if you have a lot of assets in the wallet) to another account, and in the future, you can move the DOT to a separate JS wallet for crowdloan only. Centrifuge is not responsible for any losses from this guide, and your reward is still safe in the ledger wallet, you can wait and there might be other options in the future.

Step 1 - Install tools:

(1). Install git ( ), your computer may already have it installed, run: “git --version” to verify if it is installed.

(2). Install node: use “curl -o- | bash”, and “nvm install 14.17.0”, and then “nvm use 14.17.0” in your terminal. Run “node -v” to verify if it is installed correctly.

Step 2 - Generate hex private key from ledger seed:

(1). In the terminal, download the tool repo using: “git clone”

(2). Enter the directory using “cd substrate-ledger-ed25519”.

(3). Install repo dependencies using “npm install”

(4). Generate private key using “npm start “polkadot” “” 0 0”. Here, you should replace with your own ledger seed, like “word1 word2 word3 …. ”.

After you run this command, you will see the output including “ec25519 seed”, keep it for the next step.

Step 3 - Adding the account to polkdot js wallet:

Go to the accounts page of the parachain in the js wallet to recover. For example, if you want to recover Centrifuge : Polkadot/Substrate Portal

Click add account:

Then go to accounts page for the chain where you want to recover ex: Polkadot/Substrate Portal
Click add account

Select Raw seed from the dropdown and replace it with the “ec25519 seed” that you have got from previous step.

Click the “Advanced Creation Options” dropdown menu and select ‘Edwards (ed25519, alternative)’

Check the checkbox and click “Next”, you would get your new wallet with wallet address and you set up the user name and password for this JS account, and then you can use this JS wallet to access the reward in the parachain, you can also backup this wallet.

Finally, here is the video that demos the whole process for your reference:



Does this work with importing a Ledger seed if you used a passphrase (a 25th seed work)?

Yes you can import the passphrase for a ledger wallet but usually it has 12 or 24 words