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Connect your Ledger device to Leather Wallet to manage Bitcoin runes and ordinals

This tutorial describes how to access your Stacks (STX) and Bitcoin (BTC) accounts by connecting your Ledger device to Leather.io, a Ledger-compatible third-party wallet.

You can also use Leather to store and manage Bitcoin inscriptions, ordinals, runes and BRC20 tokens.

 Viewing and managing Bitcoin runes, ordinals, inscriptions and BRC20 tokens is not supported in Ledger Live for the moment.

 What are Bitcoin Runes?

Runes are fungible tokens created using the Rune protocol on the Bitcoin blockchain, developed by Casey Rodarmor, who is also known for the ordinals standard. This protocol utilizes Bitcoin's UTXOs (Unspent Transaction Outputs) for issuing and managing these tokens, and does not form a separate network or Layer 2 solution. Instead, it provides a streamlined alternative to other token systems on Bitcoin, aiming to reduce the creation of 'junk' UTXOs and associated costs. Runes can be minted and transacted directly through Bitcoin transactions following an initial "etching" process that establishes the token's characteristics on the Bitcoin blockchain. Although runes are not supported in Ledger Live yet, they can be managed and traded by connecting your Ledger device to Xverse Wallet. Read on to learn more.

Before you start

  • Make sure the latest version of the Stacks (STX) or Bitcoin (BTC) app is installed on your Ledger device, depending on which account you want to access.
  • Make sure to close Ledger Live as it can conflict with the Leather.io wallet connection.
  • Make sure you're using the Chrome browser as Leather.io wallet is not supported on Firefox.

Connect your Ledger device to Leather.io wallet

  1. Install the Leather.io extension from leather.io/install-extension.
  2. Once the extension is installed, select Use Ledger.



  3. Connect your Ledger device to your computer and open the Stacks or Bitcoin app on your device, depending on which account you want to access.
  4. Select 'Connect Stacks' or  'Connect Bitcoin', again depending on which account you want to access.



  5. Once connected, your Stacks and Bitcoin accounts, along with any Bitcoin ordinals, inscriptions, and runes, will be displayed in your browser.



    For example, to receive Bitcoin runes, select 'Receive' and use the 'Runes' address.


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