Resolve DID documents from an https domain


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Web DID Resolver

This library is intended to represent domains accessed through https as Decentralized Identifiers and retrieve an associated DID Document

It supports the proposed did:web method spec from the W3C Credentials Community Group.

It requires the did-resolver library, which is the primary interface for resolving DIDs.

DID method

To encode a DID for an HTTPS domain, simply prepend did:web: to domain name.

eg: https://example.com -> did:web:example.com

DID Document

The DID resolver takes the domain and forms a well-known URI to access the DID Document.

For a did did:web:example.com, the resolver will attempt to access the document at https://example.com/.well-known/did.json

A minimal DID Document might contain the following information:

  "@context": "https://w3id.org/did/v1",
  "id": "did:web:example.com",
  "publicKey": [
      "id": "did:web:example.com#owner",
      "type": "Secp256k1VerificationKey2018",
      "controller": "did:web:example.com",
      "publicKeyHex": "04ab0102bcae6c7c3a90b01a3879d9518081bc06123038488db9cb109b082a77d97ea3373e3dfde0eccd9adbdce11d0302ea5c098dbb0b310234c8689501749274"
  "authentication": [
      "type": "Secp256k1SignatureAuthentication2018",
      "publicKey": "did:web:example.com#owner"

Note: this example uses the Secp256k1VerificationKey2018 type and an publicKeyHex as a publicKey entry, signaling that this DID is claiming to control the private key associated with that publicKey.

Resolving a DID document

The resolver presents a simple resolver() function that returns a ES6 Promise returning the DID document.

import { Resolver } from 'did-resolver'
import { getResolver } from 'web-did-resolver'

const webResolver = getResolver()

const didResolver = new Resolver({
    //...you can flatten multiple resolver methods into the Resolver

didResolver.resolve('did:web:uport.me').then(doc => console.log(doc))

// You can also use ES7 async/await syntax
;(async () => {
    const doc = await didResolver.resolve('did:web:uport.me')

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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