🌐Browser Decrypt File

Project Setup

To get started with file decryption, make sure you already have a file CID that you want to decrypt, or else follow the previous code example => "Browser Encryption Upload"

Step 1: Follow this React documentation and Create a new react app using the following command

npx create-react-app lighthouse-app

and go into the new repository using

cd lighthouse-app

Step 2.1: Install the Lighthouse SDK

npm i @lighthouse-web3/sdk

The following code will decrypt an image file previously uploaded to Lighthouse with encryption. You need to have a browser wallet like Metamask to sign from your wallet.

Step 3.1: Paste the CID of the file you want to decrypt in the decrypt function below as the cid variable.

import React from "react"
import {ethers} from 'ethers'
import lighthouse from '@lighthouse-web3/sdk'

function App() {

  const [fileURL, setFileURL] = React.useState(null)

  const encryptionSignature = async() =>{
    const provider = new ethers.providers.Web3Provider(window.ethereum)
    const signer = provider.getSigner()
    const address = await signer.getAddress()
    const messageRequested = (await lighthouse.getAuthMessage(address)).data.message
    const signedMessage = await signer.signMessage(messageRequested)
      signedMessage: signedMessage,
      publicKey: address

  /* Decrypt file */
  const decrypt = async() =>{
    // Fetch file encryption key
    const cid = "QmVkbVeTGA7RHgvdt31H3ax1gW3pLi9JfW6i9hDdxTmcGK" //replace with your IPFS CID
    const {publicKey, signedMessage} = await encryptionSignature()
      fetchEncryptionKey(cid, publicKey, signedMessage)
          CID: CID of the file to decrypt
          publicKey: public key of the user who has access to file or owner
          signedMessage: message signed by the owner of publicKey
    const keyObject = await lighthouse.fetchEncryptionKey(

    // Decrypt file
      decryptFile(cid, key, mimeType)
          CID: CID of the file to decrypt
          key: the key to decrypt the file
          mimeType: default null, mime type of file
    const fileType = "image/jpeg"
    const decrypted = await lighthouse.decryptFile(cid, keyObject.data.key, fileType)
      Response: blob

    // View File
    const url = URL.createObjectURL(decrypted)

  return (
    <div className="App">
      <button onClick={()=>decrypt()}>decrypt</button>
          <a href={fileURL} target="_blank">viewFile</a>

export default App;

Step 4: As a final step, run the following command to view your react site in the browser

npm start

You can now decrypt the file by clicking the decrypt button and signing from the wallet. A View File hyperlink will pop up after decryption, and you can successfully view the file.

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