Private keys (& derivation of BIP39 dictionary)

Hello everyone,

I am looking for some informations about the public/private key structure that’s in use in the Cardano project, but so far I wasn’t lucky enough to find what I am looking for.

I think it’s a great choice to go with HD wallets, hence why the seed.
I understand the implementation uses the BIP39’s dictionary but the derivation process differs.

However, I am looking to generate single pair of keys.
(just the keys, no need for a full synched wallet so far)
I would prefer if these are not hierarchically deterministic.

Maybe someone can point me in the right direction ?
I have no clue at where to look next and would love to add Cardano to my project.

Thanks a lot in advance for your replies :slight_smile:


Dear Cardanians,

if we get support here, we will get beautiful Cardano Coldkey wallets! :+1:

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Refer to documentation here to create key using CLI or here to create it using WASM library.

A very high percentage of stake pool operators do currently operate using keys (not necessarily tied to HD Wallets) , and there are multiple guides around recommending creation of keys offline on airgapped machines (or hardware devices) - as creation of keys do not require a node to be running.