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    3Box Profile Edit Plugin 📝

    The 3box-profile-edit-react node package is a drop-in react component that provides Web3 developers with UI and logic for editing user profiles in their Ethereum application. Quickly add customizable fields that are pertinent to your dapp on top of basic input fields, with the option of text, textarea, and select (dropdown) style inputs. The 3Box Edit Profile plugin is built using 3Box infrastructure. Read the docs on

    Try the demo here

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    How it Works


    The Edit Profile plugin implements simple set & get methods on both the Profiles API and the Spaces API for standard fields (name, image, coverPhoto, emoji, description) depending on which profile the user chooses as their default (3Box or App), but will use only the Spaces API for custom fields added by the developer passed as a prop to the component. Both methods are made available via the 3Box.js SDK. After a user has set which default profile they'd like to use, by setting a boolean to the key isAppProfileDefault in the space's public store, the dapp should appropriately fetch from that profile elsewhere in the dapp.


    Prior to first render of the Edit Profile component, the dapp should have already run const box = await Box.openBox(userAddress, ethereumProvider) and const space = await box.openSpace(spaceName) and passed both the box and space objects as props of the same name.

    Getting Started

    1. Install the component
    2. Configure application settings and props to component
    3. Usage
    4. Display correct profile in your app

    1. Install the component

    npm i -S 3box-profile-edit-react

    2. Configure application settings and props to component

    First, choose a name for your application's 3Box space.

    Although you are free to choose whichever name you'd like for your app's space, we recommend using the name of your app. If your application already has a 3Box space, you are welcome to use that same one for the chatbox.

    Then, configure the custom fields you'd like to add to the component

    The customFields prop must receive an array of any number of objects in the following structures:

        { // for a field with a text input
            inputType: 'text',
            key: 'backupAddress', // the key used to save the value
            field: 'Backup Address' // how to display the key in the UI
          { // for a field with a textarea input
            inputType: 'textarea',
            key: 'spiritCryptoKittie',
            field: 'Spirit CryptoKitty'
          { // for a field with a dropdown input
            inputType: 'dropdown',
            key: 'preferredCoin',
            field: 'Preferred Coin',
            options: [{ // dropdown input requires an array of objects
              value: 'eth', // value passed after selection
              display: 'Ethereum' // what the user will see in the dropdown
            }, {
              value: 'btc',
              display: 'Bitcoin'
            }, {
              value: 'ltc',
              display: 'Litecoin'

    The Edit Profile component comes standard with Name, Emoji, and Description fields. The component defaults to using the 3Box profile (as the isAppProfileDefault boolean in the space is still undefined). Fields passed to customFields however will always be saved to the app's space.

    3. Usage

    The Edit Profile component can of course be used in any way the developer pleases, though we recommend it be used on a dedicated edit profile page or in a popup modal (not included) of the developer's design. Remember, both the box and space instance must be passed to the component before it mounts.


    import EditProfile from '3box-profile-edit-react';
    const MyComponent = ({ customFields, box, space, myAddress, myProfile, redirectFn }) => (
            // required
            // optional

    4. Display correct profile in your app

    Once a user selects a default profile (3Box or app) the decision should reflect elsewhere in your dapp. To do this, you should check isAppProfileDefault flag, then call get on the respective profile for fields name, image, coverPhoto, emoji, and description. Custom fields added to the Edit Profile component, however, are all saved to the application profile in the space used by your dapp and should get from there.

    Checking and getting from the appropriate default profile should look something like this:

      const isAppProfileDefault = await space.public.get('isAppProfileDefault');
      let profile;
      if (isAppProfileDefault) {
        profile = await Box.getProfile(currentUserAddr);
      } else {
        profile = await space.public.all();
        image: profile.image,
        coverPhoto: profile.coverPhoto,
        emoji: profile.emoji,
        description: profile.description,

    Prop Types

    Property Type Required Description
    box Object True The box instance returned from running await Box.openBox(address, web3) somewhere in your dApp.
    space Object True The space instance returned from running await box.openSpace(spaceName) somewhere in your dApp.
    currentUserAddr String (Ethereum Address) True The current user's Ethereum address. Used to fetch the user's profile if it's not provided and for other various uses in the component.
    customFields Array An array of any amount of objects structured in one of three ways outlined above.
    currentUser3BoxProfile Object If passed, it must be the object returned from calling const currentUser3BoxProfile = await Box.getProfile(myAddress);. If this is not passed, the component runs the same static method using the currentUserAddr prop
    redirectFn Function A function that runs after the user hits cancel. If no redirect function has been provided, then the cancel button will not be present in the form. The user's ethereum address will be passed as a param in the event that the dapp uses this in the route
    onSaveComplete Function A function that runs after all updated fields in the form have been saved. You may also pass your redirect function to this prop should you choose to. If no function is passed to this prop, the form will save as usual.




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