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EOSIO WebAuthn Example Web App



WebAuthn is a Web Authentication API standard recently finalized by W3C and supported, to varying degrees, by the Chrome, Firefox, and Edge web browsers and some mobile platforms. The standard enables passwordless primary and multi-factor user authentication flows using authenticators such as security keys (e.g., YubiKey) or built-in platform authenticators (e.g., biometrics).

EOSIO is the first blockchain protocol we are aware of to adopt the WebAuthn standard.

More information about WebAuthn can be found at

This example app demonstrates how an application running on a private chain could:

  • generate WebAuthn-compatible keys for users
  • request signatures from users with those keys

This is facilitated by eosjs, a WebAuthn Signature Provider for eosjs, and the built-in browser Web Authentication API. The browser prompts the user to authenticate with their security key or built-in platform authenticator.

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  • Server only supports a single client (browser tab) connecting to it
  • Server only supports a single user; it assumes all stored keys belong to that user
  • Server only supports a single hardware key; it assumes all stored keys came from that key
  • Touch ID on Mac is not currently supported
  • createKey in ClientRoot.tsx
    • assumes it's served from localhost; other domains will break
    • hard codes the user field
    • hard codes the challenge field; this should be randomly generated by the server then checked by the server
  • If keys.json (maintained by the server) is lost, then the keypairs become inaccessible. It's important to note that WebAuthn doesn't provide a way to recover from this.
  • ⚠️ There is currently no way to display Ricardian contracts to users when using WebAuthn. For this reason, WebAuthn, when used in conjunction with EOSIO, should be used with caution and only on private chains and applications already trusted by the end user. ⚠️

Building and Running The App

Running this app will create an HTTP server listening on meaning it would typically be accessible via http://localhost:8000 (and from non-localhost as well). However, WebAuthn requires usage from an HTTPS origin. You will need to place an HTTPS proxy in front of the server and modify server source code with the resulting domain name and port.

Running Locally With nodeos Docker Image


  • Install Docker
  • Install Docker Compose (included with Docker for Desktop on Mac)
  • Install HAProxy
    • On Mac: brew install haproxy
    • On Ubuntu: apt-get install haproxy=1.8.\*
  • Install nodejs


The following command will generate the required SSL certificate, perform the required yarn install/setup, and execute all necessary actions against the chain.

yarn setup


To start the chain, haproxy, and the app: yarn start

To stop all of the above, CTRL+C the app and then: yarn stop

Cleaning the chain

To reset the chain: yarn clean

Running any arbitrary cleos command

yarn cleos <parameters to cleos>

If the wallet locks,

yarn unlock-wallet

Running Locally With nodeos Built From Source


  • Install HAProxy
  • Install nodejs

HTTPS proxy via self-signed localhost certificate:

The following describes one way of placing an HTTPS proxy in front of the server via the program haproxy along with a self-signed certificate that you instruct your browser to trust.

Create a certificate and private key:

$ openssl req \
-x509 \
-nodes \
-new \
-newkey rsa:4096 \
-keyout localhostca.key \
-out localhostca.crt \
-sha256 \
-days 3650 \
-config <(cat <<EOF

[ req ]
prompt = no
distinguished_name = subject
x509_extensions    = x509_ext

[ subject ]
commonName = localhost

[ x509_ext ]
subjectAltName = @alternate_names

[ alternate_names ]
DNS.1 = localhost


Combine the .cert file and the .key into a .pem file:

$ cat localhostca.crt localhostca.key > localhostca.pem

Make a haproxy.cfg file which will listen on HTTPS port 7000 and forward to port 8000:

   timeout connect 10000ms
   timeout client  50000ms
   timeout server  50000ms

frontend https-in
   bind *:7000 ssl crt localhostca.pem
   use_backend http_backend

backend http_backend
   server server1

Run the program haproxy:

$ haproxy -f haproxy.cfg

You will need to add the localhostca.crt certificate file as a trusted certificate in your browser. The steps to accomplish this vary based on operating system and browser.

Note that it would be good practice to remove this certificate from being trusted at the conclusion of your development.

Modification of server origin in source:

The server domain name and port must be specified in the source of this application. Modify the socketUrl in src/client/ClientRoot.tsx to be the valid HTTPS url to the HTTPS proxy. If you performed the self-signed & haproxy instructions above you would change this to https://localhost:7000

Building and Running the Server

$ git submodule update --init --recursive
$ yarn
$ rm -rf node_modules/eosjs && bash -c "cd external/eosjs && yarn" && yarn add file:external/eosjs
$ rm -rf dist && yarn server

The server is now running and you can now access it via the HTTPS proxy you just created.

Create Test Chain With WebAuthn Support

This starts a minimal test chain with some upgrades activated. This guide assumes you're already familiar with creating and using test chains.

Note: If using the Docker setup, only the account creation and token transfers must be done. All other steps are handled in the setup script.


  • Install EOSIO/eos branch webauthn
  • Install EOSIO/eosio.cdt branch v1.6.x
  • Use EOSIO/eosio.cdt to build EOSIO/eosio.contracts branch v1.7.0-rc1

Create a wallet, or unlock existing:

Use $ cleos wallet create or $ cleos wallet unlock

Add the default key:

$ cleos wallet import --private-key 5KQwrPbwdL6PhXujxW37FSSQZ1JiwsST4cqQzDeyXtP79zkvFD3

Create a test chain:

This will create a fresh chain in directory my-chain. chain_api_plugin and producer_api_plugin enable the commands which follow.

$ mkdir my-chain
$ cd my-chain
$ nodeos --data-dir ./data --config-dir ./config --plugin eosio::chain_api_plugin --plugin eosio::producer_api_plugin --http-validate-host 0 --access-control-allow-origin "*" -p eosio -e 2>stderr &

Preactivate feature:

Do this before installing eosio.bios:

$ curl -X POST -d '{"protocol_features_to_activate": ["0ec7e080177b2c02b278d5088611686b49d739925a92d9bfcacd7fc6b74053bd"]}' | jq

Install contracts, activate WebAuthn keys, and create tokens:

$ cleos create account eosio eosio.token EOS6MRyAjQq8ud7hVNYcfnVPJqcVpscN5So8BhtHuGYqET5GDW5CV
$ cleos set contract eosio <path-to-eosio.contracts>/build/contracts/eosio.bios -p eosio
$ cleos set contract eosio.token <path-to-eosio.contracts>/build/contracts/eosio.token -p eosio.token
$ cleos push action eosio activate '["4fca8bd82bbd181e714e283f83e1b45d95ca5af40fb89ad3977b653c448f78c2"]' -p eosio
$ cleos push action eosio.token create '["eosio","10000000.0000 SYS"]' -p eosio.token
$ cleos push action eosio.token issue '["eosio","10000000.0000 SYS",""]' -p eosio

Use app to generate 2 keys. Use them below:

$ cleos create account eosio usera <a-generated-public-key>
$ cleos create account eosio userb <a-generated-public-key>
$ cleos create account eosio userc <a-generated-public-key>
$ cleos create account eosio userd <a-generated-public-key>

$ cleos transfer eosio usera "1000.0000 SYS" ""
$ cleos transfer eosio userb "1000.0000 SYS" ""
$ cleos transfer eosio userc "1000.0000 SYS" ""
$ cleos transfer eosio userd "1000.0000 SYS" ""


Contributing Guide

Code of Conduct




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