Daedalus is a full node wallet application, but can I use the full node to query the ledger?


Daedalus runs its own instance of cardano-node under the hood, so by installing and using cardano-cli, one can connect to this node and interact with the blockchain directly.

  1. Start Daedalus, and wait until it reaches the wallet home screen; the cardano-node.socket file is only made available after the cardano-node has started fully.
  2. Use cardano-cli: [Documentation]

Ubuntu Example (Bash)

export CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH=/home/$USER/.local/share/Daedalus/mainnet/cardano-node.socket
cardano-cli query tip --mainnet

MacOS Example

export CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH=~/Library/Application\ Support/Daedalus\ Mainnet/cardano-node.socket
cardano-cli query tip --mainnet

Windows Example (PowerShell)

On Windows, a socket file isn't used, instead we specify the pipe used, which has a different name every time Daedalus runs.

cd "C:\Program Files\Daedalus Mainnet"
$ENV:CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH = (Get-ChildItem \\.\pipe\ | Where-Object {$_.name -like "cardano-node-mainnet*"}).FullName
.\cardano-cli.exe query tip --mainnet
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    Would be nice to have Windows and MacOS examples too, at least the default socket paths
    – Ben NOBLE
    May 4 at 2:20
  • Ah I forgot how awkward it was to get the Windows named pipe :D May 4 at 10:02
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    @soccer193 Trying it via PowerShell doesn't appear to work. Deadalus is running, node fully sync'd. "Shelley command failed: query tip Error: Error while looking up environment variable: CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH Error: "CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH"" If I run: Get-ChildItem \\.\pipe\ | Where-Object {$_.name -like "cardano-node-mainnet*"} It returns nothing. Currently using PowerShell 7.1.3 May 5 at 2:28
  • Hey @ChadCarter, left you a response in the 'Cardano' chat room on the right of this page.
    – soccer193
    May 5 at 2:54
  • @soccer193 I posted a response in the chat the other day. If you have any ideas on where the socket path should be in Windows, I'd love to know. May 6 at 12:14

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