Last month, MetaMask released 4.9.0, which included support for Trezor hardware wallets. As we discussed in our blog post, your funds are only as safe as your keys — hardware wallets are a great way to store keys securely offline.
We want Ethereum users to be as safe as possible and we don’t want to leave anyone out! That’s why v4.11.1 of MetaMask now supports Ledger hardware wallets as well.
Connecting a hardware wallet to MetaMask makes it simple to have the security of cold storage with the convenience of a hot wallet.
How it works
Once you connect your Ledger, you’ll be able to
- Sign transactions
- Sign messages (to sign into sites like Cryptokitties)
- Check your Ledger account’s ETH or token balance
Your private keys will always stay in your Ledger. This allows any dapp that works with MetaMask to be used safely and securely with a hardware wallet.
When you import your Ledger Ethereum account into the MetaMask extension, it’s treated like any of your other Ethereum accounts. When you’re asked to sign something, you can connect your device and the extension will send it a request to sign. The signature happens entirely inside your Ledger and private keys never leave the device.
When your device isn’t connected, MetaMask will still show you your Ledger’s ETH and token balances for your convenience. You can remove your Ledger account at any time via the Account menu in the top-right.
How to get started
To connect your wallet, make sure you’re on MetaMask 4.10.0 or higher in Google Chrome or Brave and make sure you’re using MetaMask’s beta UI.
- Head to the top-right menu, and look for the “Connect Hardware Wallet” option
- Plug your Ledger device in to your computer
- Select “Ledger,” then click “Connect”
- Select the account you want to use, then click “Import” and you’re good to go!
This feature request received a lot of love in our Github issues, so we hope folks out there are excited for it!
As always, community feedback helps us build a good product. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a feature request, feel free to open an issue on our GitHub to discuss!
I’m gonna finishing this post by quoting an important phrase from our Trezor integration blog post:
By adding hardware wallet support, we are allowing every single ÐApp that works with MetaMask to be used securely with a Hardware Wallet.
We hope that this kind of feature will increase the confidence and security in the entire Ethereum ÐApp ecosystem.
P.S. — If you don’t have a Ledger, you can buy one!
Special thanks to Bobby Dresser for co-authoring this post.