Build a live app from scratch
Import your app in Ledger Live

9. Creating a Manifest File

A manifest file is necessary to test your Live App inside Ledger Live. Create a manifest.json file at the root of your project. Here is a sample manifest you can use:

  "$schema": "",
  "id": "SampleLiveApp",
  "name": "SampleLiveApp",
  "url": "http://localhost:3000/",
  "homepageUrl": "http://localhost:3000/",
  "platform": ["ios", "android", "desktop"],
  "apiVersion": "^2.0.0",
  "manifestVersion": "2",
  "branch": "stable",
  "categories": ["NFT", "Swap", "YourAppCategory"],
  "currencies": "*",
  "content": {
    "shortDescription": {
      "en": "Desc"
    "description": {
      "en": "Desc"
  "permissions": [
  "domains": ["http://", "https://"],
  "visibility": "complete"

For more informations regarding the setting up of a manifest, please refer to the manifest page

10. Importing Manifest in Ledger Live

Ensure Ledger Live Desktop is installed on your computer. Enable Developer mode in Ledger Live by navigating to Settings -> About, and clicking ten times on the Ledger Live version. This will reveal a new Developer section in the settings menu.

  • Enable platform dev tools.
  • Click on Browse next to Add a local app and select the manifest you created.

Now you'll see a new row in the menu with the name of your Live App. You can now open and test your Live App within Ledger Live.

This concludes the step-by-step guide to developing a Live App for Ledger Live from scratch.

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