Irys + TACo

This three-step guide explains how to integrate TACo with Irys, thereby enabling end-users to flexibly share/access encrypted data uploaded to permanent storage on Arweave. There are plenty of reasons to combine these technologies. Irys's sub-millisecond upload & data egress can be parallelized with TACo's low-latency decryption flow, ensuring rapid access to shared data. Provenance features like tx receipts and cryptographic proof-of-time are fully compatible with TACo, and are equally (or arguably more) important for sensitive information and messages. Broadly, integrating Irys & TACo offers long-term sovereignty to end-users – i.e. that their private data will remains accessible to qualifying devices forever.

Use cases

  • Governance. Generate tamper-proof, timestamped records of voting activity, enhancing transparency and reducing trust assumptions.

  • Connected Vehicles. Store sensitive real-time vehicle diagnostics and geolocation data, such that the data stream is instantly available when required (e.g. while driving) but not leaked beyond known and legitimate recipients (e.g. a smart city traffic system).

  • Private NFTs. Move beyond the status quo of symbolic receipts stored on centralized platforms, to a world where one owns the decryption rights to a movie, track, in-game asset, or piece of art – trustlessly and in perpetuity.

Installation & dependencies

yarn add @nucypher/taco
yarn add @irys/sdk

1. Specify access conditions & encrypt the data

This guide utilizes the parameters ritualId = 0 and domains.TESTNET. These refer to an open DKG public key and hacker-facing testnet respectively. Although fully functional and up-to-date with Mainnet, this development environment is not decentralized and unsuitable for real-world sensitive data. For more information, see the trust assumptions section.

First, we initialize the taco-web library.

As the data producer, we first create an access condition. Here we use the simple condition ownsNFT – data consumers must prove ownership of a specific ERC-721 NFT in order to gain decryption material pertaining to the encrypted message. More on condition types here. We encrypt the message using the ownsNFT condition. We specify the aforementioned testnet domain and ritualID, and also utilize a standard web3 provider/signer. The output of this function is known as a messageKit – a payload containing both the encrypted data and embedded metadata necessary for a qualifying data consumer to access the message. Finally, we convert the messageKitto a hex string format, which will help us upload it via Irys in a single transaction.

import { initialize, encrypt, conditions, domains, toHexString } from '@nucypher/taco';
import { ethers } from "ethers";

// We have to initialize the TACo library first
await initialize();

const web3Provider = new ethers.providers.Web3Provider(window.ethereum);

const ownsNFT = new conditions.predefined.erc721.ERC721Ownership({
  contractAddress: '0x1e988ba4692e52Bc50b375bcC8585b95c48AaD77',
  parameters: [3591],
  chain: 5,
});
const ritualId = 0

const message = "this will be here forever";

const messageKit = await encrypt(
  web3Provider,
  domains.TESTNET,
  message,
  ownsNFT,
  ritualId,
  web3Provider.getSigner() 
);
const encryptedMessageHex = toHexString(encryptedMessage.toBytes());

2. Connect to Irys & store the data

First, we connect to an Irys Devnet node. This requires funding a wallet with any of the devnet tokens supported by Irys. In this example we're using Polygon (Amoy) MATIC.

The Irys Devnet is for testing purposes only – it is not decentralized and data will only remain on Arweave for 60 days. See the final section to use TACo & Irys in production.

We then construct a single JSON object from the encryptedMessageHex. We can now upload the encrypted data to Arweave, which will be retrievable once an Irys gateway has indexed the data. This is identifiable via the receiptID, which is provided to the data consumer via a side-channel.

import { WebIrys } from '@irys/sdk';

const token = 'matic';
const network = 'devnet';
const wallet = { rpcUrl: https://rpc-amoy.polygon.technology/, name: 'ethersv5', web3Provider };
const webIrys = new WebIrys({ network, token, wallet });

await webIrys.ready();

const dataToUpload = JSON.stringify(encryptedMessageHex);
const receipt = await webIrys.upload(dataToUpload);

console.log(`Data uploaded ==> https://gateway.irys.xyz/${receipt.id}`);

3. Retrieve & decrypt the data

From the data consumer's perspective, we now use the receiptID to find and retrieve the encrypted payload via an Irys gateway. Note that the same data identifier works with Arweave gateways.

Finally, we prove we own a particular wallet (and that this wallet holds the correct NFT), retrieve fragments of decryption material from TACo nodes, assemble these fragments locally, and decrypt the payload. All of these steps are contained in the decrypt() function below.

import { getPorterUri, ThresholdMessageKit, decrypt } from '@nucypher/taco';

const response = await fetch(`https://gateway.irys.xyz/${receipt.id}`);
const dataJson = await response.text();
const encryptedMessage = ThresholdMessageKit.fromBytes(
  Buffer.from(JSON.parse(dataJson), 'hex'),
);

const decryptedMessage = await decrypt(
  web3Provider,
  domains.TESTNET,
  encryptedMessage,
  getPorterUri(domains.TESTNET),
  web3Provider.getSigner(),
);

console.log(decryptedMessage);

Using Irys & TACo in production

As noted, the parameters specified this guide are for testing and hacking only. For real-world use cases where uploaded data should remain private & permanent, production versions of Irys & TACo are required:

  • For Irys, connect to Mainnet Nodes 1 or 2, rather than a Devnet node. This requires a wallet funded with any of the supported Mainnet payment tokens.

  • For TACo, a funded Mainnet ritualID is required – this connects the encrypt/decrypt API to a cohort of independently operated nodes, and corresponds to a DKG public key generated by independent parties. A dedicated ritualID for Irys + TACo projects will be sponsored soon. Watch for updates here or in the Discord #taco channel.

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