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    Only use this package for backwards compatibility reasons. If you are new to IRMA, please use the irma-frontend-packages instead.


    irmajs is a Javascript client of the RESTful JSON API offered by the irma server. It allows you to use the irma server to:

    • Verify IRMA attributes. You specify which attributes, the library handles the user interaction and the communication with the irma server and the IRMA app).
    • Issue IRMA attributes.
    • Create IMRA attribute-based signatures: signature on a string to which IRMA attributes are verifiably attached.

    irmajs supports all major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer 11).

    Deprecated API features

    Due to technical changes in IRMA, we had to make breaking changes when introducing version 0.2.0. All changes are related to the function call handleSession.

    • Method canvas is not supported anymore. Please use the module irma-frontend instead or make your own composition of plugins and layouts using irma-core. This also means the canvas related options element and showConnectedIcon are deprecated.
    • Method mobile has the same behaviour as method popup now. On mobile devices, the popup mode automatically detects whether a mobile device is used and then shows the user the option to open the IRMA app installed on the mobile device itself. It is now an explicit choice, so users can also get a QR on mobile devices instead (useful for tablets).
    • The option disableMobile is not useful anymore and therefore deprecated. This module does not have automatic redirects to other apps anymore without explicit user interaction.
    • Because the explicit methods for mobile devices are deprecated, the undocumented exported function detectUserAgent and the undocumented exported struct UserAgent are also deprecated. An explicit distinction based on user agent is not necessary anymore. This is all handled internally now.
    • The option returnStatus is deprecated. Instead you can use the functions waitConnected and waitDone to detect yourself whether the session reached a certain status.

    If you experience problems concerning the backwards compatibility other than the ones mentioned above, please contact us. It might be something we were not aware of. Then we can maybe fix it.


    Technical documentation of irmajs can be found at irma.app/docs.


    Compile the library:

    npm install
    npm run build

    This writes irma.js and irma.node.js to the dist folder. irma.js is the browser variant, which you can include in your website in a <script> tag. irma.node.js is the library variant for usage in node.js. To reduce the module size, the JWT support is split off in the separate files jwt.js and vendors~jwt.js. When you want to use the function signSessionRequest, these files must be available in the same directory as irma.js or irma.node.js.

    Code sample for browsers

    If you have included irma.js (e.g. <script src="irma.js" defer></script>) you can start an IRMA disclosure session as follows:

    const request = {
      '@context': 'https://irma.app/ld/request/disclosure/v2',
      'disclose': [
          [ 'irma-demo.MijnOverheid.ageLower.over18' ]
    irma.startSession(server, request)
        .then(({ sessionPtr, token }) => irma.handleSession(sessionPtr, {server, token}))
        .then(result => console.log('Done', result));

    The example assumes you have an irma server that is configured to accept unauthenticated session requests listening at the URL indicated by server. More information about the format of session requests can be found in the documentation.


    For complete examples, see the examples folder. To make the examples work, first perform the building steps.

    Browser example

    After building, you can simply run the browser example by hosting the examples/browser directory using an HTTP server.

    In case you don't have tooling to run an HTTP server, you can use the Node tool http-server.

    npm install -g http-server

    Then you can start the example by doing:

    http-server ./examples/browser

    Node example

    After building, you can simply run the Node example by doing:

    cd examples/node
    npm install
    npm run start




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