Wallet Knowledge Base

Different Node/Wallet types in IOTA

In the guide below you will learn which type of IOTA node or wallet is right for you.
You can then use our knowledge base at the bottom of the page to access tutorials for each option.

If you don't understand any IOTA related terms, check out our Glossary!

When getting started with IOTA it can be very hard to understand the difference between a light and a full node and which wallet types there are. IOTA Support has tutorials for all options but it is important to understand the differences first!

Full Node (GUI): This is an IRI (IOTA Reference Implementation) running and being accessed locally via a GUI. Any full node needs to be connected to neighbours via a static IP in order to function. Learn how you can run a full node and how they help the IOTA ecosystem in our GUI tutorials!

Headless Node: A full node running in your local console. You can access it via a simple UI called Nostalgia in your browser. It has the same requirements as a GUI full node, but has the advantage that you can open multiple Seeds (Accounts) at the same time.

Light Wallet (GUI): A local interface that accesses a full node (IOTA Node) in a different environment (e.g a node on a server; Please note: Your Seed NEVER leaves your computer). Learn how you to run a light node in our Lightwallet tutorials!

Now you can decide which type of node you want to run!

GUI (full node)

Setup difficulty: Intermediate

Headless Node (full node)

Setup difficulty: Hard

Lightwallet

Setup difficulty: Easy

Android Wallet

Mobile wallet | Setup difficulty: Easy