Verifiable Credentials

VC related operations like issuing, verifying and revoking VCs.

VC related operations like issuing, verifying and revoking VCs. If you're new to VCs, check out the intro section for an overview.


All commands have the help option available:

  • <your-command> -h

  • or <your-command> --help

E.g. vc issue -h

Issue and save VC

Use the issue command to issue a W3C Verifiable Credential with either a JWT or a JSON_LD signature.


  • -t, --template TEXT specify the VC template. To create your own template, have a look here [Required]

  • -i, --issuer-did TEXT DID of the issuer (associated with signing key). [Required]

  • -s, --subject-did TEXT DID of the VC subject (receiver of VC). [Required]

  • -v, --issuer-verification-method TEXT KeyId of the issuers' signing key

  • -y, --proof-type [JWT|LD_PROOF] Proof type to be used [LD_PROOF]

  • -p, --proof-purpose TEXT Proof purpose to be used [assertion]

  • --interactive Interactively prompt for VC data to fill in

  • --ld-signature, --ld-sig \[Ed25519Signature2018|Ed25519Signature2020|EcdsaSecp256k1Signature2019|RsaSignature2018|JsonWebSignature2020|JcsEd25519Signature2020]

  • --ecosystem \[DEFAULT|ESSIF|GAIAX|IOTA] Specify ecosystem, for specific defaults of issuing parameters

  • --statusType \[StatusList2021Entry|SimpleCredentialStatus2022] specify the credentialStatus type


  • vc issue -t OpenBadgeCredential -s did:key:z6MkpuUYdpaZPcpnEWnkE8vb7s2u2geTZJden1BwGXsdFUz3 -i did:ebsi:zZ5apnsHPUXNqjWELjNZhYW, returns a credential document (JSON format)

Present VC

Use present command to present a VC or VP to a verifier.

-i, --holder-did TEXT DID of the holder (owner of the VC)

-v, --verifier-did TEXT DID of the verifier (recipient of the VP)

-d, --domain TEXT Domain name to be used in the LD proof

-c, --challenge TEXT Challenge to be used in the LD proof

Verify VC or VP

use verify command to verify

-p, --policy VALUE Verification policy. Can be specified multiple times. By default, SignaturePolicy is used. For more details on how to specify the policies, refer to Verification Policies.

List verification policies

To see available verification policies, use vc policies command

Import VC to custodian store

Import VC to custodian store

VC templates

Learn about VC template related functions like the listing and exporting of templates, as well as how to create/import your own custom VC template.

List VC templates in custodian store

  • list List VC Templates.

vc template list result

Export VC template from custodian store

  • export <template-name> Export VC Template.


  • -n, --name <Name> Name of the template

e.g. vc templates export --name VerifiableId

Import VC template to custodian store

  • import <customCredentialPath.json>


  • -n, --name <Name> Name of the template


  • credential path the last argument of the command references the path to the custom credential, which should be imported

e.g vc templates import -n MyCustomCredential custom.json


  "type": [
    "MyCustomCredential" // name of the credential
  "@context": [
  "id": "",
  "issuer": {
    "id": "did:example:456"
  "issued": "2020-03-10T04:24:12.164Z",
  "credentialSubject": { //custom credential subject
    "id": "",
    "firstName": "",
    "lastName": "",
    "country": "Austria"

Output of the command

List VCs

  • list VCs saved in the custodian store

e.g. vc list

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