Tezos Ecosystem Overview Part 1: Wallets
In this article, which will be a three-part series, we are going to talk about the Tezos network ecosystem as a whole.
In this article, which will be a three-part series, we are going to talk about the Tezos network ecosystem as a whole. We will be covering the following: wallets, block explorers, baking and delegation basics including baker rating websites, and the different community groups that are involved with the Tezos ecosystem. For Part 1, we will cover the basics of digital wallets that support Tezos.
Digital wallets that support Tezos come in all different shapes and sizes. There are wallets that support multi-crypto currencies and there are wallets that support only Tezos. On top of that, there are web wallets that can accomplish that task, and there are desktop wallets. To make things a bit more complicated, you also have wallets that support Tezos and uni-swap functions (exchanging Tezos to USDT or Ethereum etc.)
These are the following wallets that have gone through an audit. Always make sure that you’re accessing the correct wallets through the proper links as there are many malicious links out there trying to scam users out of their cryptocurrency. You can always visit https://www.tezos.com or https://tezos.com/get-started#store-and-use-wallets to verify the audited wallets as being the real deal.
Galleon Wallet– created by the tezos developers Cryptonomic, this software wallet is available for desktop download. It supports the following operating systems: windows, macOS, and Linux. It does not have web wallet access. This wallet is constantly updated and has a wide range of Tezos related offerings, and only support Tezos related activities. Users can also use this wallet in conjunction with a hardware device wallet like the Ledger.
For more information and download, please visit: https://cryptonomic.tech/galleon.html
Kukai Wallet– created by a long time tezos developer, Kukai Wallet, along with Galleon Wallet were one of the very first Tezos wallets offered to the Tezos ecosystem. Kukai wallet only offers web wallet accessibility and only services Tezos.
For more information, please visit: https://kukai.app
AirGap Wallet– created by the Papers team, AirGap Wallet is designed to service mobile devices including, iOS, Android, and web-wallet access including a browser extension. Their wallet allows an exchange support allowing users to swap their cryptocurrency from Tezos to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Aeternity. This feature is powered by the cryptocurrency exchange Changelly.
For more information, please visit: https://airgap.it/
Hardware Wallets provide the maximum security for those wanting to store their cryptocurrency in cold storage. The two most widely used hardware wallets consist of Ledger and Trezor. For those who want the ultimate security to protect their cryptocurrency, hardware wallets are by far the most popular choices, where the cryptocurrency are stored on a USB-like device that has many layers of encryption, including the need of those physical devices to be able to process a cryptocurrency transaction.
Ledger– Ledger offers a wide tranche of cryptocurrency offerings where users can store their precious cryptocurrency in cold storage and purchase cryptocurrency. Ledger also offers an application that syncs with the hardware wallets including the ability to send, receive, and delegate their cryptocurrency. They even offer an app called the “Tezos Baking App”, which is one of the most widely used methods for baking securely on the Tezos blockchain.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ledger.com/ledger-live
Trezor– Trezor, like Ledger, offers a wide tranche of cryptocurrency offerings where users can store their cryptocurrency in cold storage and purchase cryptocurrency. Trezor also offers an application that syncs with their hardware wallet that allows users to safely store their cryptocurrency in cold storage. For Tezos, they have paired up with SimpleStaking for Tezos compatibility.
For more information, please visit: https://trezor.io/
Atomex Wallet– The Atomex Team’s wallet is now even more functional offering atomic swaps for Tezos. This is the same team behind the beloved baker rating auditing website baking-bad.org. The wallet offers support for Windows operating system and Linux, with macOS, iOS, Android coming at a later time. They also offer a web wallet. Further, their Atomex wallet now offers atomic swaps to swap from bitcoin to Tezos and vice versa. The atomic swap list includes bitcoin, ethereum, and USDT. This offering allows users to swap back and forth from Tezos to the other cryptocurrencies and back without the need of a cryptocurrency exchange. As described by the Atomex Team, the Atomex wallet is “a multi-crypto desktop wallet with built-in hybrid exchange.” The Atomex Wallet team has released their wallet on the mainnet of Tezos and is ready for action. They have even included a demonstration with ample instructions on how to use their wallet and use the atomic swap functions.
For more information including the demonstration of their wallet please visit: https://atomex.me
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Thanos Wallet– Madfish Solutions are the team behind the Thanos Wallet. This Tezos wallet solution is very similar to the Ethereum Metamask Wallet and offers cross browser wallet support for the Tezos cryptocurrency, they offer support for the following browsers, chrome, Firefox, Opera or Brave (and several other browsers).
For more information please visit: https://thanoswallet.com/
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Exodus Wallet- The Exodus Wallet is a multi-cryptocurrency wallet that also supports Tezos. They have an offering of a desktop application that supports Windows operating system, macOS, and Linux. They also offer support for mobile devices running on iOS and Android. They do not have a web wallet function at this time. Users can also use a Trezor hardware wallet in conjunction with the Exodus Wallet to keep their cryptocurrency in cold storage.
For more information, please visit: https://www.exodus.io/
CorTez wallet– the CorTez wallet is only available for mobile devices and supports iOS and android devices. The team that created this wallet is Nomadic Labs, one of Tezos’ main core development teams. Their wallet only supports Tezos.
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SimpleStaking Wallet– made by a long time Tezos developer, Juraj Selep, this wallet offers a desktop and web wallet that can be used with the Trezor hardware wallet for cold storage. SimpleStaking wallet only offers compability for Windows operating system and a web wallet. For more information, please see: https://simplestaking.com/
Tezzet Wallet– The Tezzet Wallet, created by the Tezos.Rio team, is a desktop wallet that supports Windows, macOS, and Linux. Their wallet is usable with the pairing of a hardware device like Ledger.
For more information, please visit: https://tezos.rio/carteira.html
Trust Wallet- Trust Wallet is a multi-cryptocurrency supported wallet that supports many different types of cryptocurrency including Tezos. This wallet is only available on mobile devices and supports iOS and Android devices. At this time they do not offer a desktop offering or web wallet offering. The Trust Wallet team is supported by one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance.
For more information, please visit: https://trustwallet.com/
Clove Wallet– The Clove Wallet is a new developer team that has decided to shift their focus in building Tezos related products. They have not released their wallet just yet, but it is in the works including their email based wallet that they’re currently working on.
For more information, please visit: https://clovecrypto.com/