Quick Start

Get up and running with Learn Card!

Install the library

Install using the package manager of your choice:

pnpm i @learncard/init

Make your LearnCard

To make your first wallet, import and call initLearnCard with a unique string that is 64 characters or less:

Good to know: If you do not pass in a string that is 64 characters long. It will be prefixed with zeroes until it is 64 characters. This means that '1' and '001' are identical keys in the eyes of initLearnCard.

Warning: Key input should be a hexadecimal string. If you pass a string that is not valid hex, an error will be thrown!

import { initLearnCard } from '@learncard/init';

const learnCard = await initLearnCard({ seed: '8f476ba148360c7d1830beb2520e6bf883e934a7d16159ce0930e3cc53799fd9' });

Issue Credentials

First, make an unsigned Verifiable Credential. You can do this yourself if you already have that set up for your app, or, if you just need to test out working with this library, you can use the newCredential method to easily create a test VC.

const unsignedVc = learnCard.invoke.newCredential();

To sign (or "issue") that VC, simply call issueCredential

const signedVc = await learnCard.invoke.issueCredential(unsignedVc);

Verify Credentials

After a credential is signed, the credential may be transferred via an exchange mechanism, where a receiving party can verify it! To verify a signed Verifiable Credential, you can use verifyCredential

const result = await learnCard.invoke.verifyCredential(signedVc);

// { checks: ['proof', 'expiration'], warnings: [], errors: [] }

// OR, for a more human readable output:

const result = await learnCard.invoke.verifyCredential(signedVc, {}, true);
// [
//     { status: "Success", check: "proof", message: "Valid" },
//     {
//         status: "Success",
//         check: "expiration",
//         message: "Valid • Does Not Expire"
//     }
// ]

Issue/Verify Presentations

Similar to Verifiable Credentials, LearnCard has methods for verifying and issuing Verifiable Presentations:

const unsignedVp = await learnCard.invoke.getTestVp();

//Package signed Verifiable Credential into the presentation
unsignedVp.verifiableCredential = signedVc;

const vp = await learnCard.invoke.issuePresentation(unsignedVp);

const result = await learnCard.invoke.verifyPresentation(vp);

// {
//   checks: ['proof'],
//   warnings: [],
//   errors: [],
// }

What is a Verifiable Presentation, and why would I use one?

Verifiable Presentations enable trusted sharing of one or more claims in a single, verifiable package. Claims may be bundled from one or multiple issuers, and they may consist of the original Verifiable Credential, or a derived "zero-knowledge proof."

As a general principle, you should use Verifiable Presentations when presenting Verifiable Credentials to a verifying party because it proves the relationship between the user or entity presenting the credential, and the credential itself.

Storing/Retrieving Credentials

Credentials can be converted back and forth to URIs, which can be stored per holder using Control Planes. URIs simplify complex processes, such as indexing and caching, over credentials stored in many different locations, such as in IPFS, device storage, or a Decentralized Web Node.

const holderDid = 'did:key:z6MknqnHBn4Rx64gH4Dy1qjmaHjxFjaNG1WioKvQuXKhEKL5'
const uvc = learnCard.invoke.newCredential({ subject: holderDid });
const vc = await learnCard.invoke.issueCredential(uvc);
const uri = await learnCard.store.Ceramic.upload(vc);

// *** Send URI to Holder ***
// *** Receive URI from Issuer ***

const credential = await learnCard.read.get(uri);
const result = await learnCard.invoke.verifyCredential(credential);

if (result.errors.length == 0) {
    await learnCard.index.IDX.add({ uri, id: 'test' });

// Later, when the Holder would like to see the credential again
const records = await learnCard.index.all.get();
const record = records.find(({ id }) => id === 'test');
const storedCredential = await learnCard.read.get(record.uri);

// _.isEqual(credential, storedCredential) = true 

The above example uses Ceramic storage, but there are many ways to store and retrieve a credential! Check out the Store control plane for more info and options.

Further Reading

ConstructionControl PlanesPluginsCHAPI

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