The Hive Keychain browser extension is one of the most versatile tools available on the Hive blockchain. It's one of the first things I show all new Hive users, and for good reason—it makes managing your Hive account and using Hive dApps easier than any other option out there.
Although there are options like Hivesigner , which are good for certain tasks, in my opinion Keychain offers a much more comprehensive and speed-oriented approach. For example, logging into many Hive dApps like LeoDex is as easy as entering your username and clicking the login button.
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In this LeoPedia guide, I'll walk you through the simple process of downloading Hive Keychain to your browser, setting it up with your Hive account, and getting started with many of the applications and interfaces available to you on the Hive blockchain.
The first step to setting up Hive Keychain is downloading the extension.
The latest information and release of Hive Keychain is always on Github at https://github.com/stoodkev/hive-keychain#installation . On this page you will find the links to Chrome Webstore and Firefox Add-ons.
Now that Keychain is installed on your browser, it's time to set up your Keychain login + add in your Hive account(s). Just click on the Hive Keychain icon in the top right corner of your browser and then you'll see a prompt to add a new password:
Some users may be confused by this "New Password" field. No private keys are required in this step. Instead, it asks you to set a password to lock/unlock the Keychain extension itself. I like to think of it as something like a "PIN Number", which is similar to what you need to unlock a hardware wallet or a bank account ID.
So choose a password that is secure, but also choose a password that is easy to type and remember every time you want to unlock the extension itself.
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After entering and confirming your password, press Submit and you will see the following screen:
Here you will enter your Hive blockchain account(s) and private keys. For this guide, we will use the "Use Keys/Pwd" option, which will allow us to manually enter the account username and private keys. Note that there is only 1 private key input field here.
As the text box on this screen says, you can enter your master password to generate all other private keys for the extension (your master password will not be saved).
If you prefer to enter each key manually, then enter either your personal posting or your personal active key in this field.
Once your key(s) have been imported, you can view your Hive account in your browser extension.
If you want to add your other keys, just go to the menu and then click on manage accounts. Here you can manually add your other private keys. I recommend having your Publish Key and Active Key in the extension so you can easily log into apps (Publish Key) and manage your wallet activities (Active Key).
There are some settings available for the Keychain extension that can customize your experience a bit. Things like Auto Lock are handy features. You can also import/export your extension data in case you are setting up a new installation of Keychain on another browser/computer. I'll let you take a look at these settings since they're pretty self-explanatory.
As I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, there are a lot of great features that make the Hive Keychain an essential part of the Hive experience. From the Account page of the Keychain extension, you can perform wallet operations — sending transactions to the Hive blockchain. Just click the little down arrow to open the various prompts and you're on your way.
You can also explore the other options with the buttons (Submit, History, Tokens, Witnesses). Tokens are another handy feature that I use on a daily basis.
I'd say one of my favorite parts of the Hive Keychain extension is the ability to log into Hive-based applications in under 10 seconds. When I imagine ease of use, this is exactly what comes to mind. You enter your username, click log in, and then you're off to the races. This is how easy every app on the web should be.
The applications :
To wrap up this guide, I'll leave you with a list of some apps that integrate with Hive Keychain and allow seamless login. I won't list every app, but here are some of my favorites: