Create the public front end#

The front end is a simple webpage in React that can display the images of the gallery and let the user authenticate.

When the page is initially opened, it displays the items of the gallery but without the actual images.

To do that the names of the items must be fetched from the backend. To fetch the items from the backend the api/names endpoint of the backend is used. Below is a snippet that shows how the Gallery component does that when it loads, given that getNames is a function that fetches the names from the backend.

interface ItemData {
    name: string;
    location: string;

export default function Gallery() {
    const [items, setItems] = useState<ItemData[]>([]);
    // ...
    useEffect(() => {
        getNames(VERIFIER_URL).then((names) =>
            setItems( => (
                { name, location: `${VERIFIER_URL}/image/${name}`}
    }, []);
    // ...

Then there is a component to show the items. In addition to taking the itemData as input, it also takes the authToken needed to access the images as an optional parameter, and when it is present, the component fetches the image at the location with the token:

function Item({ name, location, authToken, onError }) {
    return (
        <div className="item">
            {authToken && (
            {!authToken && <div className="placeholder">Unauthorized</div>}
            <p className="item-name">{name}</p>

In order to obtain the token, the user has to authenticate. The Connection component allows the user to do that.

The component allows the user to first connect to the wallet, and then to initiate the authentication process that consists of the following steps: - Send the connected account address to the backend and get a challenge - Fetch the statement from the backend - Request the wallet for a proof for the statement and challenge - Send the proof and challenge to the backend to get a token

The steps that communicate with the backend are done using the fetch function. To request the wallet for a proof, the provider from the browser-wallet-api-helpers calls the requestIdProof function. The wallet expects to be given the challenge, statement, and a connected account, all of which is obtained in previous steps.

Then the Item component is given the acquired token, and it fetches each gallery item’s image from the backend.

To see the actual implementation, see here.

Continue to the final part to learn how to run your gallery.

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