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Default identity provider for OrbitDB

Identities is a package to manage identities in @OrbitDB

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Install

This project uses npm and nodejs

$ npm i --save orbit-db-identity-provider

Usage

The Identity object contains signatures proving possession of some external identifier and an OrbitDB public key. This is included to allow proof of ownership of an external identifier within OrbitDB.

Creating an identity

const Identities = require('orbit-db-identity-provider')
const options = { id: 'local-id'}
const identity = await Identities.createIdentity(options)

console.log(identity.toJSON())
// prints
{
  id: '045757bffcc7a4f4cf94c0cf214b3d3547a62195a09588df36b74aff837b2fdc14551360a323bf9de2ac8fb2eda9bd1bae5de53577a8db41ee2b46b4bf8cd7be33',
  publicKey: '04b5c54ef8f2514a58338e64aa08aa6052c3cfef1225a10b51017f2ad63a92fb166e7a19cba44321c9402ab1b62c940cd5e65e81e4d584c1208dbd021f6e22c6f5',
  signatures:  {
    id: '3046022100aab534483f474bd3791eb9dcf1f61b6bdb4b07f70e8eca1ea7b530ac0ca13ca1022100e9d95eeeacc9813808400eb37f8aae6be7873df460d2a03e7a19132e34f0bd16',
    publicKey: '30440220514b6fee38cbec96d9851905e575d6e209834c94be5e009a8261737d4ef23dfc0220794fa8dee564701d337b68fdbeef76bb81d777154c211d84ac345ec287a2a8e1'
  },
  type: 'orbitdb'
}

If options.type is not specified, Identities will default to creating an identity with type 'orbitdb', meaning the signing key will sign another OrbitDB public key. This public key can be an already-existing OrbitDB key allowing you to link several keys to a 'master' OrbitDB key to, for example, link keys across devices.

To use an existing keystore, you can pass it as an argument in the options as follows:

const identity = await Identities.createIdentity({ id: 'local-id', keystore: existingKeystore })

Create identity using existing keys

To create an identity using existing keys, you need to install localstorage-level-migration

const Identities = require('orbit-db-identity-provider')
const migrate = require('localstorage-level-migration')
const options = { id: 'new-id', migrate: migrate('/path/to/keys') }
const identity = await Identities.createIdentity(options)

console.log(identity.toJSON())
// prints
{
  id: '<new-id>',
  publicKey: '<compressed-original-key>',
  signatures:  {
    id: '<new-id-signed-by-public-key>',
    publicKey: '<public-key-signed-by-id>'
  },
  type: 'orbitdb'
}

Adding a custom identity signer and verifier

To link an OrbitDB signing key with an external identity, you must provide a custom class which implements the IdentityProvider interface.

class MyIdentityProvider extends IdentityProvider {
  static get type () { return 'MyIdentityType' } // return type
  async getId () { } // return identifier of external id (eg. a public key)
  async signIdentity (data) { } //return a signature of data (signature of the OrbtiDB public key)
  static async verifyIdentity (identity) { } //return true if identity.sigantures are valid
}

Identities.addIdentityProvider(MyIdentityProvider)

// to create an identity of type `MyIdentityType`
const identity = await Identities.createIdentity({ type: `MyIdentityType`})

Properties

id

Returns the ID of the external identity.

publicKey

Returns the signing key used to sign OrbitDB entries.

signatures

Returns an object containing two signatures

{ id: <id-signature>, publicKey: <pub-key+id-siganture> }

The first signature, id, is identity.id signed by identiy.publicKey. This allows the owner of id to prove they own the private key associated with publicKey. The second signature publicKey is created by signing the concatenation identity.signature.id + identity.publicKey using identity.id. This links the two identifiers.

Contribute

Please, feel free to contribute! Take a look at the issues, and comment on an existing issue or create a new one if you have questions, bugs, or suggestions. For larger PRs, open an issue first if you could - drive-by PRs are also welcomed.

Please abide by the Code of Conduct. For more on contributing to @OrbitDB, check out the docs in orbitdb/welcome.

Tests

Run tests with:

$ npm test

Build

The build script will build the distribution file for browsers.

$ npm run build

Linting

Please use standard. To check,

$ npm run lint

License

MIT © 2018 Haja Networks Oy

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