PolkadotJs App

PolkadotJs app is an unhosted web app allowing to connect to any substrate blockchain (not just polkadot, it is wrongly named). In this tutorial, we are going to use the version provided by js.org (https://polkadot.js.org/), but you can use a self-hosted version if you prefer. The "read only" features are available straight ahead, but operation requiring signing documents will need polkadotjs extension. You can also use the duniter-connect fork to manage keys generated with Cesium-v1.

Connect to a node

The first thing you want to do in PolkadotJs is connect to a node. You can:

Local node

If you have a node running on your local machine and listening to websockets on port 9944, you can visit:



Private remote node through ssh tunnel

See ssh tunnel

Public remote node through URL

If you want to connect to a public remote node (ex: gdev.axiom-team.fr) listening on port 443 (default for https) on path /ws you can visit:


The node can be changed in the left bar accessible via the first link in the menu.