DID resolver

The process of learning the DID Document of a DID is called DID resolution and tool that does the resolution is called the resolver.

Resolution involves looking at the DID method and then fetching the DID Document from the registry, the registry might be a centralized database or a blockchain.

The SDK supports resolving Dock DIDs natively. For other DIDs, resolving the DID through the Universal Resolver is supported.

Each resolver should extend the class DIDResolver and implement the resolve method that accepts a DID and returns the DID document.

There is another class called MultiResolver that can accept several types of resolvers (objects of subclasses of DIDResolver) and once the MultiResolver is initialized with the resolvers of different DID methods, it can resolve DIDs of those methods.

Dock resolver

The resolver for Dock DIDs DockResolver connects to the Dock blockchain to get the DID details.

The resolver is constructed by passing it a Dock API object so that it can connect to a Dock node. This is how you resolve a Dock DID:

import { DockResolver } from '@docknetwork/sdk/resolver';

// Assuming the presence of Dock API object `dock`
const dockResolver = new DockResolver(dock);
// Say you had a DID `dock:did:5D.....`
const didDocument = dockResolver.resolve('dock:did:5D.....');

Creating a resolver class for a different method

If you want to resolve DIDs other than Dock and do not have/want access to the universal resolver, you can extend the DIDResolver class to create a custom resolver.

Following is an example to build a custom Ethereum resolver. It uses the library ethr-did-resolver and accepts a provider information as configuration. The example below uses Infura to get access to an Ethereum node and read the DID off Ethereum.

import { DIDResolver } from '@docknetwork/sdk/resolver';
import ethr from 'ethr-did-resolver';

// Infura's Ethereum provider for the main net.
const ethereumProviderConfig = {
  networks: [
      name: 'mainnet',
      rpcUrl: 'https://mainnet.infura.io/v3/blahblahtoken',

// Custom ethereum resolver class
class EtherResolver extends DIDResolver {
  constructor(config) {
    this.ethres = ethr.getResolver(config).ethr;

  async resolve(did) {
    const parsed = this.parseDid(did);
    try {
      return await this.ethres(did, parsed);
    } catch (e) {
      throw new NoDIDError(did);

// Construct the resolver
const ethResolver = new EtherResolver(ethereumProviderConfig);

// Say you had a DID `did:ethr:0x6f....`
const didDocument = ethResolver.resolve('did:ethr:0x6f....');

Universal resolver

To resolve DIDs using the Universal Resolver, use the UniversalResolver. It needs the URL of the universal resolver and assumes the universal resolver from this codebase is running at the URL.

import { UniversalResolver } from '@docknetwork/sdk/resolver';

// Change the resolver URL to something else in case you cannot use the resolver at https://uniresolver.io
const universalResolverUrl = 'https://uniresolver.io';
const universalResolver = new UniversalResolver(universalResolverUrl);

// Say you had a DID `did:btcr:xk....`
const didDocument = universalResolver.resolve('did:btcr:xk....');

Resolving DIDs of several DID methods with a single resolver

In case you need to resolve DIDs from more than one method, a MultiResolver object can be created by passing resolvers of various DID methods.

The MultiResolver also accepts a UniversalResolver as an optional parameter which is used when a DID for an unknown method needs to be resolved. The resolvers object below has resolvers for DID methods dock and ethr.

For resolving DID of any other method, the given UniversalResolver object will be used.

import { MultiResolver } from '@docknetwork/sdk/resolver';

const resolvers = {
    dock: new DockResolver(dock), // Prebuilt resolver
    ethr: new EtherResolver(ethereumProviderConfig), // Custom resolver

const multiResolver = new MultiResolver(resolvers, new UniversalResolver(universalResolverUrl));

// Say you had a DID `did:dock:5D....`, then the `DockResolver` will be used as there a resolver for Dock DID.
const didDocumentDock = multiResolver.resolve('did:dock:5D....');

// Say you had a DID `did:btcr:xk....`, then the `UniversalResolver` will be used as there is no resolver for BTC DID.
const didDocumentBtc = multiResolver.resolve('did:btcr:xk....');