Migration Guide

Migrating from the Platform API

This guide aim to help migrating from the Platform API (live-app-sdk) to the newer Wallet-API.

Key Differences

Although they mostly serve the same purpose, there are many key differences that separate the Wallet-API from the Platform API. Here is a list of those key differences:

  1. Introspective design: Wallet-API was designed to be implemented on uneven wallets. Some wallets will implement all existing features, some won't. Live apps are now able to request a wallet's specific capabilities and adapt their UX based on those.
  2. Method permissions: Wallet-API adds plenty of new features. Since they can be used freely by the live app, it made sense to restrict which app can use which method. Similarily to mobile apps and browser extensions, live apps now need to declare which methods they intend to use in their respective manifests.
  3. Currency permissions: Most live apps will only focus on a few specific crypto currencies. To avoid exposing un-needed user account informations, live apps now have to declare in their manifests which currencies they intend to use.
  4. More coin family support: Wallet-API implement more crypto currency families than the Platform API. Please refer to the doc to discover newly integrated crypto families.
  5. Unsollicited events: Wallet-API enable live apps to subscribe to wallet events. This can be used to be notified of any emitted events from the wallet.

Migrating the manifest

The manifest format hasn't been updated, however, some unused fields are now being used. Here is a list of the required modifications:


This field need to be set at version ^2.0.0 to ensure the connected wallet will expose the Wallet-API. If a lower version is used, the Platform API will be exposed instead

    "apiVersion": "^2.0.0",


This field now specify which currencies will be used by the live app. From the point of view of the live app, the wallet won't support crypto currencies that are not included in this list.

    "currencies": [


This field now specify which methods can be used by the live app. Trying to use a method that wasn't declared in this list will result in a permission error.

    "permissions": [

Migrating the live app

Live apps using the Platform API are using the @ledgerhq/live-app-sdk package. This package provided a vanilla JS client instance that could be used to communicate with the connected wallet. We now provide two packages to integrate the Wallet-API into your website:


The minimal implementation is pretty similar to the @ledgerhq/live-app-sdk. This new package expose a vanilla JS WalletAPIClient class. Please refer to the core section for more. Here are a few differences:

  1. Signing transactions: The broadcastSignedTransaction endpoint was removed. There are now only two ways to sign a transaction, with transaction.sign or transaction.signAndBroadcast. The first one will trigger a signature flow and return a signed transaction, the second one will trigger a signature flow and broadcast the signed transaction in one go, returning the transaction hash.
  2. Transports: Transport is an interface for a simple connector allowing the live app to connect to the wallet. WindowMessageTransport is still provided, but it now require the user to call connect() before it can be used.


React typically makes it difficult to manage anything that is instance based. Doing so generally involve more advanced concepts such as reference management and can introduce a lot of bugs and complexity. Although some developers might want to manage the integration themselves, we now offer a react wrapper library in order facilitate Wallet-API integration in their website, we are now providing the @ledgerhq/wallet-api-client-react library. This library is exposing both a provider and a set of react hooks, facilitating integration.

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