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Ceramic Accounts

Ceramic uses the Decentralized Identifier (DID) standard for user accounts. Decentralized identifiers provide an abstraction from individual cryptographic accounts, such as blockchain accounts, enabling cross-chain interoperability and multi-account to identity support.

Supported account types

Below find the decentralized identifier (DID) standards currently supported as user accounts on Ceramic:

3ID DID (CIP-79) A Ceramic-native account that supports mutations in the DID Document, enabling the association of multiple wallets to the account ✅ Production
Key DID A Ceramic account that can only be associated with one wallet, which can never be changed ✅ Production
NFT DID (CIP-94) A Ceramic account that can be controlled by the current owner of a given NFT (non-fungible token) ⚠️ Experimental
Safe DID (CIP-101) A Ceramic account that can be controlled by the current members of a Gnosis Safe smart contract ⚠️ Experimental

Building with accounts

In order for users to perform transactions on Ceramic they need an account. Your application can control which accounts it supports.

  • When building with a Ceramic client, you should install and configure the DID JSON-RPC client, which will instruct you how to add support for various account types.
  • When building with a framework such as the Self.ID SDK, you don't need to worry about accounts, it will use 3ID DID.