PolkaGate is a Polkadot wallet developed and maintained by PolkaGate Foundation. It is an open-source browser extension available for Mozilla Firefox and Chromium-based browsers, funded by the Kusama Treasury. PolkaGate is compatible with many DApps and tools in the ecosystem.

In this article, we'll show what PolkaGate looks like and what you can do in it.


PolkaGate is a non-custodial wallet, which means that only you have access to your accounts. For this reason it is imperative that you keep your mnemonic phrase and backup file with a password safe. Without either of these, it is impossible to restore your account if you ever lose access to it.


If you have any questions about PolkaGate, or run into any issues and require further assistance, feel free to ask our AI chatbot or contact us.

Alternatively, you can contact the PolkaGate team directly and receive specialised assistance from the team that developed the wallet. You can contact PolkaGate support on Element or at polkagate@outlook.com.

PolkaGate overview

PolkaGate is a browser extension available for Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Firefox.

Once you install the extension and open it for the first time, you'll be offered to set a login password:

You can set the password now, do it later, or skip this step entirely. 


The login password would just restrict the ability to open the wallet and show its accounts. Each account will require a different password to sign any extrinsic from it.

After this, you can add accounts to the extension:

Once you've added your accounts to PolkaGate, you'll see the main screen:

1. Click on the menu icon to:

  • Add another account.
  • Export your accounts (create a JSON backup file).
  • Change your settings.

2. Here, you can view your total portfolio value. Click on the "Hide" or "Show" button to hide or show your total value and account balances.

3. Below are your accounts. Click on the eye icon to hide your account from DApps or reveal it. Click on the copy button to copy your account address. If you click on the account itself, you'll see your account screen:

Here, you can: