Confidential Document Sharing

Learn how to store and share confidential documents on the EVM using Secret Network.


In this tutorial you will learn how to implement the @secret-network/share-document SDK to store, view, and share confidential documents on the EVM using Secret Network as a confidential storage layer.

By using our SDK, you will have the possibility to:

  • Store a new document

  • See the contents of this document

  • Grant/Revoke access to the document to another wallet address

When using our SDK, your EVM wallet address is linked to a Secret Network wallet address that enables you/your users to retrieve confidential documents.

Note that when you want to share a document with another wallet address, you need to provide the Secret Network address of the person you want to share it with.

See the fullstack Polygon Mainnet demo here.

Getting Started

Create an empty wagmi project:

npm create wagmi

During the install process, wagmi will ask you to select a framework and a variant. To follow along with this tutorial, select React for framework, and Next for variant. Once you have installed your wagmi project, cd into your project:

cd <your project name>

Install the dependencies & the sdk:

npm i @secret-network/share-document

This tutorial will teach you how to use the SDK on Polygon Mainnet. Update your wagmi.ts file for Polygon Mainnet configuration like so:

import { http, createConfig } from 'wagmi'
import { polygon } from 'wagmi/chains'
import { coinbaseWallet, injected, walletConnect } from 'wagmi/connectors'

export const config = createConfig({
  chains: [polygon], // Add Polygon chain
  connectors: [
    coinbaseWallet({ appName: 'Create Wagmi' }),
    // walletConnect({ projectId: process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_WC_PROJECT_ID }),
  ssr: true,
  transports: {
    []: http(), // Add polygon chain

declare module 'wagmi' {
  interface Register {
    config: typeof config

If you want to deploy your own EVM contract on a different chain rather than using the deployed contract on Polygon, you can do so by deploying the contract here. Make sure that you deploy your contract to an Axelar GMP compatible chain ⚠️

Create a .env file with the following content since we are interacting with the Polygon Mainnet contract:

ENVIRONMENT= "mainnet" 
ENVIRONMENT can use the following variables depending on which dev environment you are using:
"mainnet" | "testnet" | "local"

Storage API Keys

Next, navigate to Pinata and generate a new API key + JWT token to use for storing documents. Make sure you save the credentials in a safe place because we will use them shortly :D

We are using Pinata as our storage solution for this tutorial, but you can use any of the storage options provided in the SDK, or even build your own!

React Imports & State Variables

Navigate to /src/page.tsx.

To see a barebones implementation of all of the React logic, view the completed repo here. Simply clone it to your machine and run npm run devto run it locally.

Configure your React imports + state viarables like so:

'use client'

import { useAccount, useConnect, useDisconnect, useWalletClient } from 'wagmi'
import { Config, SecretDocumentClient, Environment, MetaMaskWallet, PinataStorage } from "@secret-network/share-document";
import { useEffect, useState } from 'react';

function App() {
  const { address } = useAccount();
  const { connectors, connect, status, error } = useConnect();
  const { disconnect } = useDisconnect();
  const { data: walletClient } = useWalletClient();
  const [client, setClient] = useState<SecretDocumentClient>();
  const [downloadFileId, setDownloadFileId] = useState('');
  const [shareFileId, setShareFileId] = useState('');
  const [secretAddress, setSecretAddress] = useState('');

Your environment is now configured to store confidential documents on Polygon Mainnet using Secret Network!

Initialize the Client

Configure the SDK client like so:

// Initialize user wallet for the SDK
  useEffect(() => {
    const initializeClient = async () => {
      if (!walletClient) return;

      const config = new Config({ env: Environment.MAINNET });
      config.useEvmWallet({ client: walletClient });
      console.log("config: ", config);

      const wallet = await MetaMaskWallet.create(window.ethereum, address || "");

      const gateway = "";
      const accessToken = "Your JWT token";
      const pinataStorage = new PinataStorage(gateway, accessToken);

      const secretClient = new SecretDocumentClient(config);
      console.log("client: ", secretClient);

  }, [walletClient, address]);

Store a File

// Store File to Secret Network
  const storeFile = async () => {
    if (!client) {
      console.error('Client is not initialized');
    try {
      const file = new File(["Hello, world!"], "hello.txt", { type: "text/plain" });
      const res = await client.storeDocument().fromFile(file); 
      console.log('File stored successfully:', res);
    } catch (error) {
      console.error('Error storing file:', error);

View a File

 // View file
  const viewFile = async () => {
    if (!client) {
      console.error('Client is not initialized');
    try {
      const res = await client.viewDocument().getAllFileIds();
      console.log('File viewed successfully:', res);
    } catch (error) {
      console.error('Error viewing file:', error);

Download a File

// Download file
  const downloadFile = async (fileId: string) => {
    if (!client) {
      console.error('Client is not initialized');
    try {
      const uint8Array = await client.viewDocument().download(fileId);

      // Convert Uint8Array to Blob
      const blob = new Blob([uint8Array], { type: 'application/octet-stream' });

      // Create a link element
      const link = document.createElement('a');
      link.href = URL.createObjectURL(blob); = 'downloaded_file'; // Set the desired file name here

      // Append the link to the body

      // Programmatically click the link to trigger the download;

      // Remove the link from the document

      console.log('File downloaded successfully');
    } catch (error) {
      console.error('Error downloading file:', error);

Share a File

// Share file
  const shareFile = async (fileId: string, secretAddress: string) => {
    if (!client) {
      console.error('Client is not initialized');
    try {
      const shareDocument = client.shareDocument(fileId);

      // Get existing file access
      // const fileAccess = await shareDocument.getFileAccess();
      // console.log('Existing file access:', fileAccess);

      // Share viewing access to a file
      const addViewingRes = await shareDocument.addViewing([secretAddress]);
      console.log('Viewing access added:', addViewingRes);

      // Delete viewing access to a file
      // const deleteViewingRes = await shareDocument.deleteViewing([secretAddress]);
      // console.log('Viewing access deleted:', deleteViewingRes);

      // Transfer the ownership
      // const changeOwnerRes = await shareDocument.changeOwner(secretAddress);
      // console.log('Ownership transferred:', changeOwnerRes);

      // All in one share operation
      const shareRes = await shareDocument.share({
        // changeOwner: secretAddress,
        addViewing: [secretAddress],
        // deleteViewing: [secretAddress],
      console.log('All-in-one share operation completed:', shareRes);

    } catch (error) {
      console.error('Error sharing file:', error);

You also have the ability to get existing file access, delete viewing access, and transfer file ownership. See the commented out code above for examples.


This documentation provides a step-by-step guide on how to implement the @secret-network/share-document SDK to securely store, view, and share confidential documents on the EVM using Secret Network as a confidential storage layer. You learned how to create a new wagmi project, configure it for Polygon Mainnet, and integrate the Secret Network SDK. By following this guide, you can now store documents, view their content, and manage access permissions all on the EVM chain of your choosing.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the FiftyWei team for building out this SDK as part of the Secret Network Q1 2024 grants cohort :D

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