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    Required Upgrade v1.0.0 or ^0.7.5

    ^0.7.5 to support new both new uPort Mobile Clients and legacy uPort Mobile Clients - View Details

    v1.0.0 to support only new uPort Mobile Clients and to use new features and fixes

    ‼️ ⚠️ v1.0.0 is released at the npm next tag at uport-connect@next. Only the newest uPort Mobile Client release will work with v1.0.0. It will become the default release once the newest uPort Mobile Client release is widely adopted (~ 2 weeks). Reference master branch for docs and info on current default release v0.7.5. Documentation for v1.0.0 can only be found here and in the docs folder. The developer site will not contain v1.0.0 documentation until it is the default release ⚠️ ‼️


    uPort is a collection of tools and protocols for building decentralized user-centric applications. It is built on open standards and open source libraries. uPort identities can be created and interacted with through uPort clients, including the uPort mobile app. Identities are fully owned and controlled by the creator, and don't rely on centralized third-parties for creation, control or validation.

    uport-connect is the client side library that allows you interact with a user's uPort identity through a uPort client, primarily the mobile app. It handles the communication channel between your app and a uPort client, which can vary depending on the environment which your application runs. Over this communication channel you can send requests for a user's data, share credentials, generate transactions to be signed by a user and relay requests you originally created on your server with uport-credentials. This library offers the default quick start implementation to integrate with uPort, but if it doesn't offer exactly what you need, you may be interested in using uport-tranports and uport-credentials instead.

    For more information about our system and other products visit uport.me. View our protocol specs if interested in understanding the lower level details.

    For any questions or library support reach out to the uPort team on riot or create a Github issue.

    Getting started with uPort

    For additional documentation on all functionality visit our docs. For a more interactive intro visit developer.uport.me. For a quick start continue below.

    Quick Start

    npm install uport-connect

    First we will instantiate the uPort object, by default it is configured on the Rinkeby test network, reference the docs for additional config arguments which can be passed.

    import { Connect } from 'uport-connect'
    const uport = new Connect('MyDAppName')
    // or on mainnet
    // const uport = new Connect('MyDAppName', {network: 'mainnet'})

    To request the DID and address of user use requestDisclosure():

    uport.onResponse('disclosureReq').then(res => {
      const did = res.payload.did

    Or to request addtional credentials, along with the DID.

    const reqObj = { requested: ['name', 'country'],
                      notifications: true }
    uport.onResponse('disclosureReq').then(res => {
      const did = res.payload.did
      const verified = res.payload.verified // An array of shared verified credentials, matching requested

    uPort Connect will save session data and data from prior requests to localStorage and will load it on instantiation. You can check if it is available before creating a selective disclosure request again.

    if (uport.did) {
      // Already connected, reference docs to see data which will be available
    } else {
      // Create a request if necessary

    To send a request message (JWT) you created on your server or elsewhere use send():

    const reqID = 'myRequestID'
    const request = `eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbG...`
    uport.send(request, reqID)
    uport.onResponse(reqID).then(payload => {
      // Response is available now, handle as necessary to your implementation
      // If the response was returned your server, you may poll for it now

    To request a user to sign a claim

    const unsignedClaim = {
        "Citizen of city X": {
          "Allowed to vote": true,
          "Document": "QmZZBBKPS2NWc6PMZbUk9zUHCo1SHKzQPPX4ndfwaYzmPW"
    const sub ="did:ethr:0x413daa771a2fc9c5ae5a66abd144881ef2498c54"
    uport.requestVerificationSignature(unsignedClaim, sub)
    uport.onResponse('verSigReq').then(res => {
      const signedClaim = res.payload

    To create a transaction request use contract() or sendTransaction():

    const abi = [{"constant": false,"inputs": [{"name": "status","type": "string"}],"name": "updateStatus","outputs": [],"type": "function"}]
    const contractAddress = '0x71845bbfe5ddfdb919e780febfff5eda62a30fdc'
    const statusContract = uport.contract(abi).at(contractAddress)
    statusContract.updateStatus('hello', 'updateStatusReq')
    uport.onResponse('updateStatusReq').then(payload => {
      const txId = payload.res
    const txObj = {
      address: '0x71845bbfe5ddfdb919e780febfff5eda62a30fdc',
      value: 1 * 1.0e18
    uport.sendTransaction(txObj, 'ethSendReq')
    uport.onResponse('ethSendReq').then(res => {
      const txId = res.payload

    Quick Start with Provider (web3)

    Get provider and instantiate web3 or other provider supported library.

    const provider = uport.getProvider()
    const web3 = new Web3(provider)

    To request the address of user:

    web3.eth.getCoinbase((error, address) => { ... })

    To call contract:

    const statusContract = web3.eth.contract(abi).at(contractAddress)
    statusContract.updateStatus('hello', (error, txHash) => { ... })

    To send transaction:

    web3.eth.sendTransaction(txObj, (error, txHash) => {...})

    Private Chain support

    While the primary uPort Credentials functionality does not tie you to any specific blockchain. You are able to request ethereum accounts for use with private ethereum compatible chains. You will need a network ID and a JSON-RPC endpoint accessible to both your browser app and the mobile client.

    To configure it, pass in a network object for configuration.

    const uport = new Connect('MyDAppName', {
      network: {
        id: '0xdeadbeef',
        rpcUrl: 'https://mybankrpc.example.com/'
    const provider = uport.getProvider()
    const web3 = new Web3(provider)
    web3.eth.getCoinbase((error, address) => { ... }) // request address for use on private chain

    Browser Window Quick Start

    For use directly in the browser you can reference the uport-connect distribution files from a number of places. They can be found in our npm package in the 'dist' folder or you can build them locally from this repo.

    For a quick setup you may also request a remote copy from unpkg CDN as follows:

    <!-- The most recent version  -->
    <script src="https://unpkg.com/uport-connect/dist/uport-connect.js"></script>
    <!-- The most recent minified version  -->
    <script src="https://unpkg.com/uport-connect/dist/uport-connect.min.js"></script>
    <!-- You can also fetch specific versions by specifying the version, files names may differ for past versions -->
    <script src="https://unpkg.com/uport-connect@<version>/dist/uport-connect.js"></script> 

    To see all available dist files on unpkg, vist unpkg.com/uport-connect/dist/

    Then to instantiate the uPort object from the browser window object:

    const Connect = window.uportconnect
    const uport = new Connect('MyDApp')

    Tutorials and Developer Site

    For a more in depth guide, check out our developer site or clone this repository and check out the sample apps in the /examples folder.

    Development Guide

    Run Locally

    Download this repo or your fork, then run npm install.


    All builds are created from files in /src

    To transpile to ES5. All files are output to /lib. The entry of our npm package is /lib/Connect.js

    $ npm run build:es5

    To generate a bundle/distributable. We use webpack for our builds. The output dist is /dist/uport-connect.js and source map /dist/uport-connect.map.js

    $ npm run build:dist

    To generate a production bundle/distributable. Includes build optimizations related to size and code is minified. The output dist is /dist/uport-connect.min.js and source map /dist/uport-connect.min.map.js

    $ npm run build:dist:prod


    We write our tests using mocha and run them with karma.

    To run our tests:

    $ npm test

    Code Coverage

    Code coverage reports are generated when tests are run and can be viewed in browser. Reports are also published on CodeCov when pushed to github.

    $ npm test
    $ open test/coverage/html/index.html


    Run our linter, we follow JavaScript Standard Style.

    $ npm run lint


    We write inline documentation using JSDoc. To generate docs:

    $ npm run build:docs:html
    $ open docs/index.html
    $ npm run build:docs:md // to generate a markdown file in /docs folder


    Additional scripts can be found in package.json -> scripts: { }.


    We follow MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH Semantic Versioning

    NPM Install Develop branch

    You can npm install the develop branch of uport-connect using the follow commands.

    $ npm install "git://github.com/uport-project/uport-connect.git#develop" --save
    (cd node_modules/uport-connect && npm install babel-cli && npm run prepublish)

    Frontend Library Specific Fixes

    Each Frontend Library React, Angular, Vue, etc... can sometimes require specific configuration settings. To prevent developers from solving the same problems twice we're going document Library specific issues on a case-by-case basis.


    When adding the uport-connect.js library to an Angular project please install the crypto-browserify module as a project dependency and create a path alias pointing crypto to the crypto-browserify module.

    This will fix a crypto.createHash() undefined error.

    "paths": {
      "crypto": ["../node_modules/crypto-browserify/index.js"]

    Other Frontend Libraries

    Are you experiencing other Frontend Library specific issues?

    Let us know in the issues.


    Code, test and documentation contributions are welcomed and encouraged. Please read the guidelines below and reach out on our riot or create an issue if any contribution is more than trivial. We can help you see where/if it fits into our roadmap and if we are likely to accept. We are also looking to add references to projects using uport-connect with example implementations and use cases.

    Reporting Bugs

    Well formed bug reports are hugely valuable to the project and allow us quickly evaluate and fix a bug. Poorly formed bug reports leave use searching for more details and even worse may leave us trying to resolve bugs not related to the code here. Primarily be thoughtful when submitting bugs and leave enough details to minimize the paths we have to take when finding a resolution. Report bugs by creating an issue.

    Some guidelines for reporting bugs:

    • Make sure that your issue is caused by uport-connect and not your application code.
    • Create a simple and minimal test case that demonstrates the bug.
    • Search the issues to see if the bug has already been reported. If it has, add any additional details in the comments.
    • Write a descriptive and specific title.
    • Include browser, OS, uport-connect version and any other details specific to the environment.
    • Check whether the bug can be reproduced in other environments (ie. other browsers).

    Contributing code

    Our master branch reflects our most recent release, while we accept pull requests from topic branches into our develop branch. To submit code for a feature, bug or documentation, fork this repo and add all related commits to a topic branch (feature/your-title, fix/your-title, doc/your-title, etc). Once ready for review, open a pull request to merge into develop.

    All commits are required to be well formed. We follow the AngularJS Commit Message Conventions. We use these commit messages to create a useful history, generate CHANGELOGS and to determine release versions.

    Before submitting your changes run npm run lint to find any formatting issues that don't adhere to the original codebase. Run npm run karma to be sure all tests pass. When submitting a bug fix try to add additional tests to cover that bug or similar bugs in the future. If a bug was specific to an environment consider adding a environment specific note in the docs. When submitting code for a new feature or functionality add the relevant documentation and test coverage as well.


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