cardano-node VS cardano-wallet

Compare cardano-node vs cardano-wallet and see what are their differences.


The core component that is used to participate in a Cardano decentralised blockchain. (by IntersectMBO)


HTTP server & command-line for managing UTxOs and HD wallets in Cardano. (by cardano-foundation)
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cardano-node cardano-wallet
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3,020 745
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9.8 10.0
2 days ago 6 days ago
Haskell Haskell
Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of cardano-node. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-29.


Posts with mentions or reviews of cardano-wallet. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-07.
  • Cardano-Wallet binary link failing
    2 projects | /r/cardano | 7 Mar 2023
  • Nfts minted after purchase
    3 projects | /r/CardanoDevelopers | 7 Jan 2022
    It's definitely possible to pass this cost on to the buyer, I would personally start by getting the cardano-wallet stack running. If you're familiar with docker/docker-compose this is quite easy:
  • Could someone help me audit the code of these archlinux aur cardano packages to tell me if they are safe or not?
    1 project | /r/CardanoDevelopers | 25 Dec 2021
    pkgname=cardano-wallet _version=2021-09-09 pkgver=20210909 pkgrel=1 pkgdesc='HTTP server & command-line for managing UTxOs and HD wallets in Cardano.' license=('Apache') arch=('any') url='' makedepends=('cabal-install-bin' 'ghc') source=("${pkgname}/archive/v${_version}.zip") sha256sums=('868247f4a628d0d53ebfcd11bb0969ac2f22aa5579349484b1f3907497d11200')
  • Arm compatible cardano-wallet-shelley
    1 project | /r/CardanoStakePools | 8 Dec 2021
  • Get new address with keys
    2 projects | /r/cardano | 26 Nov 2021
  • As a developer, how is your experience eith cardano so far?
    1 project | /r/cardano | 29 Oct 2021
    It's not so bad. I wrote an IRC tipping bot for Cardano, was thinking it's gonna be extremely complicated, because I don't know any haskell, but it was actually pretty easy. Low level tools like cardano-cli and cardano-wallet allows you to build pretty much anything around them and all you need is to parse JSON and process HTTP requests, but it has its catches - for e-commerce I think biggest issue right now is inability to generate "unlimited" amount of receiving addresses via cardano-wallet - it could be worked out by using transaction metadata, but then that's something that most wallets doesn't support right now.
  • Run cardano-cli on Mac (M1)
    1 project | /r/cardano | 21 Oct 2021
  • Is there a Cardano API to transfer ADA from one wallet to another using a backend server?
    1 project | /r/CardanoDevelopers | 14 Sep 2021
    I've looked at cardano-wallet but I think it's for only making transactions that are made on your server?(sorry if this isn't correct). Is there a service where they can take the address of one wallet and send to another wallet that wasn't made on your server? Or is that what the new smart contract roll outs are for? Thanks
  • PulseChain Software Development, or lack thereof
    11 projects | /r/Pulsechain | 3 Sep 2021
    Bitcoin (BTC) - Ethereum (ETH) - Stellar (XLM) - Cardano NODE (ADA) Cardano WALLET DogeCoin (DOGE) XRP (XRP) Litecoin (LTC) Chainlink (LINK) Solana (SOL) -
  • Cardano-Wallet problem
    1 project | /r/CardanoDevelopers | 17 Aug 2021
    You can have a look at their compose setup for inspiration:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing cardano-node and cardano-wallet you can also consider the following projects:

solana - Web-Scale Blockchain for fast, secure, scalable, decentralized apps and marketplaces.

daedalus - The open source cryptocurrency wallet for ada, built to grow with the community

blockfrost-js - Node.js SDK for the API.

plutus - The Plutus language implementation and tools

metamask-extension - :globe_with_meridians: :electric_plug: The MetaMask browser extension enables browsing Ethereum blockchain enabled websites

jormungandr - privacy voting blockchain node

guild-operators - Artifacts and scripts created by Guild operators

ouroboros-network - Specifications of network protocols and implementations of components running these protocols which support a family of Ouroboros Consesus protocols; the diffusion layer of the Cardano Node.

Solana - Finds price floor for every single attribute in a given collection

marlowe - Prototype implementation of domain-specific language for the design of smart-contracts over cryptocurrencies

cardano-python - Python module for handling Cardano cryptocurrency