0.3.2 • Published 9 months ago

orbit-db-access-controllers v0.3.2

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Access Controllers for OrbitDB



This project uses npm and nodejs.

npm i orbit-db-access-controllers


By default, if no write-array is specified in options, the access control is set so that the initial user is the only one who has access (specified by the identity property of the orbitdb instance given in the argument). For the Ethereum-based contract example, the account which deploys the contract is initially given access.

Creating a custom Access Controller

You can create a custom access controller by implementing the AccessController interface and adding it to the AccessControllers object before passing it to OrbitDB. For more detailed examples, see the implementation of the Ethereum Contract Access Controller and OrbitDB Access Controller.

class OtherAccessController extends AccessController {

  static get type () { return 'othertype' } // Return the type for this controller

  async canAppend(entry, identityProvider) {
    // logic to determine if entry can be added, for example:
    if (entry.payload === "hello world" && entry.identity.id === identity.id && identityProvider.verifyIdentity(entry.identity))
      return true

    return false
  async grant (access, identity) {} // Logic for granting access to identity

let AccessControllers = require('orbit-db-access-controllers')
AccessControllers.addAccessController({ AccessController: OtherAccessController })

const orbitdb = await OrbitDB.createInstance(ipfs, {
  AccessControllers: AccessControllers

const db = await orbitdb.keyvalue('first-database', {
  accessController: {
    type: 'othertype',
    write: [identity.publicKey]


We would be happy to accept PRs! If you want to work on something, it'd be good to talk beforehand to make sure nobody else is working on it. You can reach us on Gitter, or in the issues section.

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